A young media entrepreneur utilizing public speaking, podcasting, acting and writing to inspire people to do more and be more.
Tell me about yourself i.e., line of work, education, and career?
I am a first-generation Zimbabwean-American. My family emigrated to the United States in 1997 and I was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1999. I am a final year student at Baylor University studying Theatre Arts & Entrepreneurship. My purpose is to be a servant of Yahweh and demonstrates the gospel. In a practical sense, I am a media entrepreneur utilizing public speaking, podcasting, acting, and writing to inspire people to do more and be more. I started Tava Multimedia Group – an internet production company dedicated to creating inspirational and engaging content for those who want to move into action. I am also the Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer for Videloo, LLC. Videloo is an upcoming social network dedicated to blending search and social like never before; using technology to heal, bridge the gap and live again.
What inspired you to choose this path and line of work?
As you can see from my line of work, I am all about inspiring and connecting people. I realized that my purpose is to be a connector of ideas, lives and how we operate. I am only 22 years old, and I started Tava Multimedia Group in response to not being able to get hired at the companies I applied which include Google, Netfllix, HBO, Facebook, Instagram, NBC, BBC, Warner Bros, Viacom, Nike, Twitter, Puma, Adidas. I had no choice, but to create my own hustle to launch my desired career. It was a moment of hardship and desperation so I opened my laptop and started working on what I know I could control. It’s been a highly demanding journey and I still have a long way to go till I reach my desired destination.
I faced many challenges along the way such as being constantly rejected, disqualified because of age, and not having the opportunity or space to actually create at a high level.
Any notable milestones/achievement you would like to share?
Yes, I have been blessed with the honour to speak at a TED Conference (TEDxCSUF) presenting “The Highlight Effect” in February 2021. I also had my podcast Campus Cuts reach over 700,000 downloads this past year.
TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDF7GZ7L-Go
So, what’s next for you as you continue your journey?
The big picture is to always inspire. All I want to do is be three things and I currently am doing it. Being an entrepreneur, artist and steward (pastor – one day). To inspire people and let them know that you can use the vehicle of media and entertainment to minister to people.
What word of advice would you like to give to others reading your story?
The best thing that any aspiring creator can do is to go all-in on your dream. No one can beat you at being yourself. If you can be yourself and not worry about the competition you already won. Most people in life are too busy trying to be someone else and the market exposes that. So be yourself, go all in and don’t give up.
Interesting Facts about you
I love Anime, Comic Books and Video Games.
I want to travel to all the countries in the world before I die.
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