BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:
Say Something! w/Chere'Atlanta, GA
ABOUT THE BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:My purpose is to walk boldly in my transparency with a mission to inspire, heal, and push other people to live on purpose. As an actress, it is liberating to be able to tap into different characters and live through the eyes of other people or circumstances; which has allowed me to be relatable and not judgmental. This career has also opened me up to people that reach out to me to share their stories or simply tell me how my journey has inspired them in one way or another. However, many times after speaking with them I’m the one left inspired or wondering how I can help that that person that is going through a particular difficulty. And while I may not be able to fix/heal the world, I can do my part.
I now produce and host the “Say Something! w/Chere’” talk show as a platform for everyday people doing great things, despite what they’ve been through. So, while I could be focusing on celebrities and who ate what today or what they wore, I choose to focus on people who might have otherwise given up on life considering their circumstances. I believe when you SAY SOMETHING, you’re actually DOING SOMETHING; it’s the only way to truly live on purpose.
THE STORY:From being a little girl watching the Daytime Soaps to watching Oprah and Ricki Lake, I knew I wanted to be an actress and a talk show host. It was definitely a journey, but I got my start the day that I stopped being scared. I stopped questioning myself and asking, “What if?” And I just decided to go for it! I enrolled in acting classes and later started going out on auditions. I was told “NO” many times, but that made me more determined to keep going for the “Yes.”
Soon, I began to book plays that took me on tour, and I got extra roles in television series and movies. As I continued to pursue acting, I was also cast as a co-host for a talk Show with five other women. Though that show eventually fell apart before we could even be pitched, I took in so much from all the traveling, interviews, research, and filming we did.
Around the same time, I signed up with an agent and my auditions were now for lead and supporting roles. Unfortunately, I didn’t book one role that whole year and was dropped from my agent. I never gave up though, and a few years later, I booked my 1st role on a major network WITHOUT an agent. I began to meet new people, started having different conversations, and saw that it was nothing but fear holding me back. I made a decision to try harder. I started writing the treatments for my talk show, and within two months we started production to shoot the pilot.
Over the next few years, my personal life felt like it had been hit by a tornado and it made me look back at all the other things I had overcome, but this just gave me the strength to keep going. As I continued to write episodes and interview guests, I saw that being transparent was the best form of healing. With the help of a publicist, I began to get bookings to host red carpet events, to moderate panels and emcee, and to speak at empowerment seminars. The following year, I signed with a manager. Before that year closed out, I had signed with a new agent, and in June 2018 my talk show will launch on Amazon Prime TV. Ain’t God faithful!!!!
ACCOMPLISHMENTS / ACCOLADES / AWARDS:As of today, even having gone through domestic violence, single parenting, divorce, jail time, homelessness, the death of two siblings, and a mentally ill mother; I AM STILL STANDING!
I’m an advocate against domestic violence, an influential speaker, a co-author, a 5th season talk show producer and host, and I have made appearances on five major television series, been involved in an award-winning independent movie, and have a daughter completing her Freshman year in college.
CHILDHOOD YEARS:Growing up for me included a whole lot of church and family entertainment. I was quiet and shy, but I loved to laugh! I loved being around people and having fun. I am the middle child of five, but I was always treated as if I was the oldest for some reason.
I enjoyed helping my parents cook, decorate, and prepare for family gatherings. Some of my favorite hobbies were double-dutch competitions, as well as playing jaxx, hop-scotch, and dancing. As I got into my high school years, my shyness kind of went away. And I joined every club and activity I could.