Introduce yourself and profession to our readers:
Hi, I’m Chere’ Turner, Actress, Media Personality & Influential Speaker. As Producer and Host of Say Something! w/Chere’ Talk Show, I’ve emceed and hosted hundreds of events, red carpets and panels. My passion and areas of expertise are Single Parenting, Domestic Violence Advocacy and Living Life on Purpose. I started in the world of entertainment thru acting and fell in love with arts because it allowed me to be anybody I wanted to be, while masking who I really was and what I really felt. However, it has taught me to embrace who I am, flaws and all; and be BOLD about it. Through my transparency I’ve become the influential voice of Living Life on Purpose and doing it boldly!
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest?
I knew that I always wanted to be on TV since a little girl. I wanted to experience all the different emotions and personalities that I was seeing on the television. Growing up I was exposed to so much in life but always wondered why nobody ever talked about certain things. So many topics became taboo in many households. Then of course there was Ricky Lake and the now Powerhouse Oprah Winfrey! I watched Oprah sit down with all kinds of people and I heard her ask questions and talk about things that nobody would normally touch. I then grew a love and passion to be a Talk Show Host way back then. Because there was so much still inside of me outside being an actress, and so many things still going on in the world and so many people hurting, I was now ready to do something or better yet “Say Something!”. And from that, Say Something! w/Chere’ was birthed.
What advice would you share with those interested in a similar pursuit?
I would share that it is a TON of work but not impossible. Make sure that this is something you are really passionate about and want to succeed in. Don’t do anything for the sake of following a trend, chasing money or for the fame. All those things will only get you a train wreck and plenty of stress along the way. Also get ready to go thru and overcome the 4 following seasons of stepping out on faith and living on purpose, but being sure to never give up:
Discuss a professional challenge and how you overcame it:
When I first set out to produce “Say Something! w/Chere’” I really didn’t have the funds nor did I expect things to happen so fast. Everytime I sat down to write the treatment and add all the bells and whistles that kept adding up, I felt like just giving up. I had no clue how I was going to do all these things in my head. I thought “who’s going to help little ole me put a spotlight on everyday people doing great things everyday? Everyone is always talking about celebrities this and celebrities that…” I had started to convince myself that nobody wanted to hear about “regular” people. But something inside of me said “just ask” and I thought “WOW! well that’s pretty simple” … but I did just that. I began to ask people around me and they said YES. So as silly as it may seem, the biggest professional challenge that I have ever had to face has been knowing when to open my mouth and ask for help.
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How can readers connect with you online and through social media?
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