DC Natives create the NEW Hollywood

"Actress from the movie "Secrets" joined Good Day DC to talk about their roles. Friend and costume designer Tam Lee also joined to chat about her important role in the movie."

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This Woman Created Multiple Streams of Revenue from her Success as a Self-Published Author

"Like many people, Tressa Smallwood, a former schoolteacher, started out on the straight and narrow career path.

'I received my undergrad at University of Maryland Eastern Shore and my master’s from Bowie State University,” said Smallwood. Then, I started my career as a schoolteacher making 40K. Although I loved working with children, I wanted to build wealth for my daughters. I knew I couldn’t do that by working for someone else. So I took a chance with starting my own company and went from 40K to $400k within three years.' "

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How publisher and filmmaker Tressa Smallwood saved $100K

"Tressa Azarel Smallwood is a class act. A businesswoman, she is an award-winning publisher and the executive producer of the film Secrets, which sold out its screening during the 20th American Black Film Festival. Directed by Juwan Lee and starring Harold House Moore (“Single Ladies”), Secrets is a novel-to-film adaptation and has an edgy story line."

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Former teacher finds new niche as film producer,
prepares for movie debut

"Fifteen years ago, Tressa “Azarel” Smallwood took a life-changing leap of faith. She resigned from Prince George’s County Public Schools to fulfill her dream of becoming an author. Although Smallwood earned a master’s degree in teaching from Bowie State University, becoming an entrepreneur was something the Maryland resident of 40 years still yearned to achieve."

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"Tressa serves as the executive producer of “Secrets” the movie. The film premiered at a private screening in Miami during the 20th Annual American Black Film Festival, and stars VH1’s “Single Ladies” Harold “House” Moore, Denise Boutte (Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?”), Dennis White (“Notorius”) and Denyce Lawton (Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne”)."

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"Tressa Smallwood is no stranger to Hollywood. The most recent project for the mega producer is the new film Secrets, which premiered at the American Black Film Festival on June 17. An adaptation of the book, the storyline for Secrets brings edge, grit, and raw emotion to the big screen. With the film starring Denyce LawtonHarold “House” Moore and Denise Boutte, we caught up with Tressa to talk about the what it takes to bring a book to life."

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