Welcome to my new interview series featuring some of the brightest and most hard-working women I know. My goal for this series is to collect stories from women in all levels of their career. The hope is that their journey and their advice will trigger something in you, and help you take the jump you need to achieve your personal level of success. Whether they are freelancers, founders of their own business, corporate employees, or students, this #LadiesWhoHustle series will showcase their unique talents and help you unveil yours.
Author of 17 books, producer of the only entertainment literary award show and owner of AAMBC Inc, the largest network of platforms and lifestyle brands serving literary creatives, culture lovers, and books, Tamika Newhouse is a force to be reckoned with. My love for books and culture drew me to her, and I knew I had to chat with Tamika about her career to date and her aspirations for the future. Read on to learn more about Tamika and her inspiring achievements to date.
Writer and entrepreneur.
Why do you do what you do?
Simply said, writing chose me. I am what I am and I chose to walk in that and perfect it.
What was your dream job at 10 years old?
Honestly, to be a track star in the Olympics.
If you could have anyone's job, whose job would you choose and why?
I would love Oprah's job because she continuously creates content and opportunities for creatives. I thrive on building networks for others to enjoy.
What is one thing people outside of your industry get wrong about your job?
That putting out a book is easy and that it can manifest into something great if they just make it available for purchase. But many writers fail to see themselves as an artist and drop the ball when it comes to marketing.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I'll have a global multi-million dollar brand, films in production, and a thriving book career.
What has been your biggest career struggle so far?
Balancing my entrepreneur goals and my artistry is hard. I work everyday to build platforms for others when I need a platform of my own. So I am often torn on the time that I give to myself to thrive.
And what about your biggest career win?
Single-handedly begin able to work freely and on my own schedule for over ten years now. That alone is successful.
What's the best piece of career advice you've received?
You are your best investment, so remember to take time out to push you forward.
What about the worst piece of career advice?
Putting out books back to back will get you paid. Never focus on the dollar signs when it comes to your artistry.
What are you most proud of?
Creating the AAMBC Awards and the book club AAMBC. It is very hard and a layered organization that requires a massive team to manage. I have been able to not only manage such a huge network but give people opportunities to earn money and become self efficient.
What motivates you the most?
I like my time. I like to be home when I want to. My motivation truly is being able to control my days.
What advice do you have for those looking for a career in your field?
Always remember why you got started.
When do you feel the most confident?
When I completed my to-do list for the day I feel like Beyonce. It's hard to get through your to-do list because there are so many distractions in leadership.
How do you relax?
I sleep and eat and watch TV. I also go on dates as often as I can.
Life is about choices and if you are unhappy, it's up to you to change that and nobody else. I often say, dream out loud. Your dreams shouldn't only be in your head. Take risks and make sure that when you open your eyes you see exactly what you imagined.
Currently coveting: financial freedom.
Favourite way to sweat: during sex.
Favourite book: All That and a Bag of Chips.
Morning bird or night owl? Night owl.
Favourite '90s jam: Superstar by Luther Vandross.
Favourite city: Washington, DC.
Favourite way to sweat: the wolf.
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