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This Media Mogul Is at the Top and Not Coming Down

Award Winning Writer and Journalist Tammy Reese began her career as a theater actress performing in 60 live stage shows a year with The Media Unit TV and Stage Production Company. Eventually, she went to Empire State College to obtain her degree in Media Studies. After graduation, she did more theater work and wrote, produced, and directed her own videos to spread awareness of social issues through the arts.

Tammy is a 2018 40 Under Forty Award Honoree and a 2019 WCNY/PBS Makers: Women Who Make America Award. In 2020 Sheen Magazine listed Tammy as a woman in multimedia on the rise.

The Owner of Visionary Minds Public Relations and Media is best known for landing major interviews with Sigourney Weaver, Meagan Good, Laurence Fishburne, Mona Scott-Young, Luke Evans, Courtney Kemp, Neyo, B.Scott, Slim and Mike of 112, Omar Epps, Joseph Sikora, Carmen Electra, Giancarlo Esposito, Brely Evans, Danielle Moné Truitt, Leon, Patina Miller, Nelly, La La Anthony, Michael James Shaw, Matt Cedeño, Dedee Pfeiffer, Russell Hornsby, Amber Riley, Ginuwine, and many more.

One of the most memorable press accomplishments for Tammy this year was covering the 2022 Tribeca Festival, where she got to cover the red carpet and live panel events featuring Tyler Perry, Cynthia Erivo, Spike Lee, Gayle King, Pharrell Williams, Penélope Cruz, Lynn Whitfield, Jurnee Smollett, Pam Grier, Lil Baby, Antonio Banderas, and Robert De Niro.

If that isn’t enough, this year she’s covered concerts for Patti LaBelle and Boyz II Men and interviewed cast members from her favorite television series of all time, “The Walking Dead.”

Tammy is a podcast co-host for New York Women in Film and Television and a new member of For(bes) The Culture. 2023 looks so bright for Tammy as she is soon releasing her highly awaited interviews with the cast of Starz BMF, as well as preparing to cover the biggest film festival in The United States, The Sundance Film Festival 2023.

 

Christina: What is your SwagHer? What makes Tammy, Tammy?

Tammy: My strength, my individuality, my honesty, my pure heart, the way I love my family and friends, my kindness, and being a fantastic mother. Notice I didn’t mention any professional accomplishments? That’s because I believe my character defines me more than anything that the industry can define me as. 

Christina: How did you get started in media?

Tammy: I started my career with The Media Unit TV and Stage Production Company. We would perform in 60 live stage shows a year and also produce a weekly access cable tv program called Rough Times Live. I was the Host and Technical Director of RTL. I was in The Media Unit from 1998–2006. I was just a teen directing and hosting live tv in Upstate NY. That’s how I got my start in media. 

Christina: Who was your favorite celebrity that you interviewed, and why?

Tammy: This is such a great yet hard question because I’ve interviewed so many, but if I have to say one person, I’ll say Angela Bassett because she is my biggest inspiration in the acting game. I come from the theater world, and acting is my first love. Her talent has become better each time throughout her almost 40-year career with each role she obtains. She gives 1 billion percent and more with everything she does. Angela has inspired Black girls and women from around the world to be themselves and do what they love while empowering others. To see a woman of color play the iconic and real-life roles she played and be at the point of her career without having to be oversexualized shows that she is truly the GOAT.

Christina: If you could say something to your 18-year-old self, what would you say?

Tammy: In 20 years, your biggest supporter, your mom, will no longer be here, and there will be a moment you reflect on how thankful you are that she always reminded you that you are stronger than you think you are. 

Christina: What has been your biggest challenge, whether professionally or personally, and how did you overcome it?

Tammy: Some of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is balancing family life with my career life, but now it’s coming to be easier and more balanced. 

Christina: Are you working on anything new that you would like to share?

Tammy: I will be covering the 2023 Tribeca Festival in June and very excited about that. I am covering the prestigious event on behalf of New York Women in Film and Television. 

Also, as the Owner of Visionary Minds Public Relations and Media, I am always working with clients and helping them obtain press coverage. 

Christina: Where can our readers connect with you?

Tammy: Twitter and Instagram @tammyreesemedia 

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