We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Blackmon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I worked for many, many companies and had been part of the branding process. I have been an employee in corporate and non-corporate America, and I always thought that when the time was right, I would be an entrepreneur and do it myself. I’ve been contracted many times for different companies but decided to make the switch and take the leap of faith to go out on my own at the advice of many of my friends and family. They suggested that I share my life and my journey, including my successes and failures. I always say that I learn more from my failures than I do from my success because you kind of get kicked in the gut and learn your lesson from that. That’s the reason I started this company—in the hopes of helping men and women of a variety of ages going through personal issues, medical issues, family issues, business, relationships, parenting, etc. So, the reason to start the blog was to share my passion for food, which then developed into including fashion and beauty. Then we made this all go live with the podcast to share on social platforms. Through podcasting and my blog, my content creation came to life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a content creator—chef by trade, influencer, and podcast host. I’ve been a chef in different capacities and types of media for many years, then I decided to take the leap and go into influencing and content creation about three or four years ago at the grand age of 53 (I’m 57 now). So, I think what sets me apart from others is that I am 57 and there are only a handful of us doing this at this age. I’m so proud that I’m still doing this and I’m proud of the brand that I have and the people that work and support me. I’m so excited about the future of where influencing and content creation are going. I think it’s the future. It has not been easy, and I have had a lot of challenges. So many of those challenges came from a lack of maturity, and not having mentorship. Through the years I did gain mentorship and I always try to mentor people. I’ve overcome challenges by learning and listening and trying not to repeat mistakes. But that’s not always easy. I have learned to sit back, listen, think, and not automatically react. I never react quickly to a negative text or email. I typically wait 24 hours to absorb and think about it. It is amazing how you think differently 24 hours later when you have had time to process. I want the world to know that at any age you can do whatever you set out to do—age is only a mental state. Always, always support each other.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my bestie was coming to Fort Worth to visit me, and the season is appropriate, I would definitely take them to a TCU Horned Frog game—Go Frogs! Of course, they would come to my home, spending some of our time on my loggia sipping cocktails, enjoying lite bites, and having a great time. Obviously, you must go to the Stockyards and while you’re there check out Joe T. Garcia’s for one of the best margaritas in town. The museums—The Modern and The Kimbell–are just fabulous and have such incredible exhibits. The Botanical Garden is so fabulous—each season brings its own beauty. Then, Clear Fork for a bit of shopping, and of course head to Dallas for more shopping.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to give a huge amount of recognition to my family. My husband, Greg, is my biggest cheerleader. He always tells me to never give up and just keep my legs moving on the days that I especially want to quit. My daughter, Kennedy, who works with me has just been a huge, huge advocate for me to put myself out there and take risks. She supports me, telling me I can do this every day. My dad, John Tacker, has always supported my goals and aspirations throughout the many, many years, encouraging me that I could do anything. And lastly, I also want to give a huge shout out to women in general because women are my reason and my aspiration—to make life better and to give us freedom of expression and to do the very best we can. I always want to empower women but guess what: women empower me.
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