Interviewing Tameka Marshall
Tell us how and why you entered your career?
At first, Tameka Marshall didn’t know what to do as a career, but after her husband suggested she try pursuing a career in media, she found her love for it. She realized this was her career because she loved to interact and uncover the voices of those behind the scenes — the magic underneath the surface.
What skills have you found vital for your job?
The skills that she found were important were the ability to have patience, articulating her opinions well, and being able to adapt. Marshall addressed that when one adapts to their environment or workplace, it is crucial to understand that there is a time and place for everything. Simply speaking, one should always be aware of their surroundings, know when it is appropriate to make jokes, and have an eye for professionalism. Tameka also stresses that while stressful days are inevitable to miss, one must keep moving forward.
What is your favorite part about your career (current or past)?
The highlight of Marshall's career is what she refers to as "free education." This free education was the opportunity for her to learn from and listen to others' experiences and stories. Her line of work allows her to communicate with a diverse group of people, which helps her gain knowledge and insight into various perspectives and beliefs.
Was there a career setback you faced which you later realized was an advantage?
Marshall expressed that at the beginning of her career, she was self-conscious about her accent and worried about its impact on her colleagues. Having birth roots from Guyana, an island on South America’s North Atlantic coast, her concerns about her accent hindered her from speaking up. Nevertheless, she overcame this as she realized her voice would later help her achieve things, do what she loves, and interview those behind the scenes.
What is some advice you would offer to someone who is interested in your work?
a. What should they major in?
b. What classes should they take?
c. Book they should read
Marshall encourages those interested in her line of work to be fearless and to remember that networking is an essential part of the job. She states that when trying to advance your network and schedule interviews remember that “not asking can be the same as getting a no so might as well ask and get a yes.” Tameka also advises that one should be patient and observant.