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Success Story with Scott D. Clary

Tressa "Azarel" Smallwood, CEO of Megamind Media | How to Quit Your Job, Follow Your Passion & Build a Media Empire

  • E117
  • 44:17
  • June 16th 2021

➡️ About The Guest

Tressa "Azarel" Smallwood is an award-winning Book Publisher, Movie Producer and Entrepreneurial Coach. In 2003 after writing her first novel, Tressa resigned from her teaching tenure in the Maryland school system to fulfill her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Since then, she's published numerous books resulting in over 162 published titles some of which are now being adapted to film and TV series on BET, TV ONE , Urban Movie Channel & more. 

As a content catalog owner, Tressa's entrepreneurial work as both an author and movie producer have been featured in Black Enterprise, EURWeb, The Source, Shadow & Act, Rolling Out and many more. Expanding into the film industry with MegaMind Media, her award-winning film company, she recently produced the 2019 American Black Film Festival & BET award-winning film, “ALL IN” starring Lil Mama, Elise Neal & Lyric Hurd which airs on BET SPRING 2020, and The Available Wife starring KJ Smith, Terayle Hill, and Roger Guenveur Smith.

Tressa is currently in development for two of her scripted TV Series, Caught Up, Positions and she is also touring to promote Sinners Wanted , a faith based phenomenon that airs on TV ONE April, 5th 2020. 

➡️ Talking Points

03:23 - Coming from a family of entrepreneurs.

04:43 - Having a passion for teaching.

10:26 - A rundown of Tressa's various businesses.

15:46 - The transition from book publishing, to film.

22:42 - Self doubt, faith & entrepreneurship.

25:04 - How to make sure you align with the right people.

29:25 - Double checking & due diligence.

31:25 - Why today's education system is failing students.

38:43 - Some advice for young entrepreneurs.

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