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Whitney Allen of WhitneyTalks: “It’s extremely important to have diversity represented in film and television; that’s what creativity is all about”

I believe it’s extremely important to have diversity represented in film and television. With many different backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures pouring into one another that’s what creativity is all about — gaining knowledge and building together. I had the pleasure to interview Whitney Allen, founder of the digital media marketing brand WhitneyTalks. WhitneyTalks.com was founded by Whitney […]

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I believe it’s extremely important to have diversity represented in film and television. With many different backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures pouring into one another that’s what creativity is all about — gaining knowledge and building together.


I had the pleasure to interview Whitney Allen, founder of the digital media marketing brand WhitneyTalks. WhitneyTalks.com was founded by Whitney Allen in 2017 as an entertainment website focused on ‘the upcoming’ in the industry. Since then, the brand has evolved to being a source for the latest updates in the industry.


Thank you so much for doing this with us Whitney! Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?

Thank you for the amazing feature. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, with a large family of six. Both my parents worked extremely hard for my siblings and me to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle living in Texas.

Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?

My background in high school and college has always been magazine journalism. I love writing and became very creative. I used strategies that I gained while in college and created my own brand. I fell in love with the idea of building something of my own and utilizing all of the resources around me.

Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?

Creating the event series “Young Entrepreneurs With Talks.” Producing this event series has been my ultimate favorite. Networking in different cities with countless millennial entrepreneurs is beyond amazing and inspiring.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

Collaborating with brands and creating unforgettable experiences.

I’m very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in film and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?

I believe it’s extremely important to have diversity represented in film and television. With many different backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures pouring into one another that’s what creativity is all about — gaining knowledge and building together.

From your personal experience, can you recommend three things the community/society/the industry can do help address some of the diversity issues in the entertainment business?

1. Working twice as hard as a female in a male dominated industry.

2. Aligning yourself with others who visualize the same goals.

3. Congratulating those around you that are hitting their milestones and goals.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

1. Start with what you have — utilize everything within your reach.

2. Build and work with those around you — NETWORK with your colleagues or any others who share the same interests.

3. Ask questions from other successful business owners — Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and attend local seminars and conferences with other aspiring business owners to gain insight of the steps to success.

4. Take breaks and time off to reset — Allow yourself to recharge and refocus.

5. Don’t compare — What’s for you is already yours — go get it.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Take care of yourself, constantly pray for your journey, keep striving and creating goals !

You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

To build and grow together, reaching millennial entrepreneurs globally and creating the platform with my event series.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

God. This is completely His path and I’m just following His footsteps. This is such an ongoing rollercoaster. I’m always praying for guidance and understanding of my brand.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

James 1:19–20 “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”

Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. 🙂

Oprah Winfrey ! She’s such an inspiration. I admire her platform and ongoing journey.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Social Handles: WhitneyTalks

Website: whitneytalks.com

This was very meaningful, thank you so much!

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