We had the good fortune of connecting with Tangela Turner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tangela, what’s your definition for success?
My definition of success may detour slightly from the norm. Success isn’t found in monetary value or anything that Society can measure. You’ll know when you’ve reached YOUR success. It’s personal, the feeling emanates from the inside out. I define success as reaching a point where every day is easy, where you’ve found your purpose, where you’re standing and walking in your truth, and the light from within illuminates the darkness around you. I’d define success as the ability to smile with your soul because you’re sound and in control.
What should our readers know about your business?
The Dallas trackhouse is a miracle! I started taking a go at entrepreneurial type of Endeavors when I was 24 years old. I came from a pretty rough background so I didn’t have guidance or anyone to show me how to function as a young adult. After a failed attempt at a Lawn company I quickly realized that I’d be at my best if I was ACTUALLY interested in my business LOL. The only thing that I could do everyday tirelessly was create. I’ve always been an artist. When I was in the fourth grade I had a studio in my closet where I’d use my karaoke machine and make mixtapes and beats and all types of creations. I’d create for free so I knew that my next Endeavor would have to be something I loved and didn’t have to conjure energy to produce. I’ve always known that if you love something and you’re giving your all you will make money easily. The Dallas trackhouse came about in 2016. I turned my personal Studio into a business and I’ve never look back! There was so many challenging factors surrounding the studio. Initially I didn’t know how to record or engineer or produced at all. But thanks to YouTube and a lot of forthcoming engineering and producing friends, I was eventually able to take my own clients instead of hiring Freelancers and splitting the money. I’ve always wanted to give the customer the best sound even if that meant taking a pay cut. Eventually I was able to establish enough Rapport in my community and was able to move into a bigger location, this one was equipped with not just a studio a but with Studios A-D. This upgrade did not come without sacrifice however. I had to downgrade my cushy lifestyle to upgrade my business. It was hard and I almost gave up. But eventually after two to three months of couch hopping and sleeping in my car I was able to save and elevate my whole business with out a loan or any help at all. That was only part 1 Part 2 was me having to remodel the entire facility by myself..all five rooms, the front lobby and the locker room without any handyman experience whatsoever. I wanted a mural and I didn’t know how to sew I spray-painted squiggly lines at random and got a cool Deep Ellum type of effect Lol. I got it done and eventually the Dallas Trackhouse was complete and I was able to do all sorts of amazing things with the new facility! …from a youth camp promoting Steam to developing interns and eventually employing students from Media Tech and South East Atlanta institute. Woah! Through the Journey of opening the studio I learned self confidence in a unwavering way. I had to throw myself into the mix, infiltrate clicks of “music people” and mix up the norm considering what 26 year old inexperienced woman had a studio that anyone took seriously at that point but me? I learned to stay strong and believe in myself and in my vision..through my own belief I was able to get others to believe in me and support my dreams of providing a center for artists to come and be themselves and Thrive and create!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Dallas has the best night life for creatives! Visiting deep ellum on the weekends will keep you on your toes as there’s always a cool showcase featuring talented local artists. Of course the Trackhouse is worth a stop in as you’ll find other creatives to link with! Boddied by Maddie for your Thursday training, True kitchen for brunch and don’t forget to skate at southern!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shout out Oak Cliff (America)!… growing up in Dallas Texas in the southern sector of Oak Cliff was an experience that I’d never trade… growing up in the Concrete Jungle prepared me for the world ahead. There I learned how to persevere, there I learned how to love everyone and not to judge anyone. Because of Oak Cliff I am who I am today. There are gems worth digging out and all of my entrepreneurial efforts will go towards lending a hand up!