2021 WINNER OF #AALAS LITERARY MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR
Tressa "Azarel" Smallwood is an award-winning Book Publisher and Movie Producer. She is CEO of Life Changing Books (LCB), and founder of MegaMind Media LLC. Since launching MegaMind Media, Tressa has produced several award-winning movies which have been adapted to film and TV series.
Intellectual Ink is beyond grateful to Azarel for making some time to visit #CharlottesCloset for an inspirational interview.
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CHARLOTTE: One of your many quotes that stood out to me is; “I transform dreamers into bosses, writers, producers, and serial entrepreneurs." That ministered to my spirit in a real way, because not only did you follow your dreams, but you have also helped so many others do the same. What compelled you to reach back and help others on their entrepreneurial journey?
AZAREL: So number one, helping others, educating others; that’s always been me and my background. It’s a part of my character. It’s how I was raised. I come from a family full of teachers, even though I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur from the very beginning. I remember my Grandmother saying, “No you’re going to go to school, you’re gonna get this Master’s in Education, and you’re going to teach.” It’s in my blood to teach. Before I started writing books before I started making movies I was a teacher and I absolutely love it
The state of urban fiction has been dominated by women. How do you make your brand stand out?
I’m not worried about being the minority. My work speaks for itself. Every book I write is better than the last. You’re not turning down good food that has nourishment when you’re starving regardless of the chef.
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