Ep64: Juanita Ingram - "Wait...What's the Drama?"
Juanita Ingram is pretty authentic. No, really. That’s not always the case when you see someone on television or on the web. But she is.
Juanita is a powerhouse. She is an award-winning attorney, author, producer, and actress. She is the Founder and CEO of Purpose Productions Inc, a non-profit women-led production company with a mission of creating content that celebrates authentic BIPOC narratives while empowering women and youth through film. If you didn’t know, she’s the creative brain behind the tv show, The Expats: The International Ingrams, which is one of the few unscripted shows that focused on expat life –and not to mention the experiences of a Black expat corporate family.
See, she’s committed to utilizing film as a vehicle for challenging negative stereotypes, providing cross-cultural experiences for audiences throughout the world, and sharing balanced depictions of diverse cultures and powerful under-represented narratives while serving to foster educational and cross-cultural exposure for global audiences.
And if that’s not enough, the Tennessee native wife and mom has been splitting her time between Singapore and London.
With a bio like that, it may seem like things always fall in place and that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
In this episode, Juanita joins the podcast to share her story of determination and grit. She opens up about her decision to step back from a highly successful law career to become a trailing partner and stay at home mother for the first time in a foreign country. She candidly discusses the identity crisis and depression that followed and how she was able to move forward. Juanita also shares why her tv show is absolutely needed and the rocky path it took to getting it launched.
By the end, you’ll see what I mean by Juanita’s realness. Because she brought her whole self and more in this episode.
- What she loves about living in Singapore.
- The impact of her first international move and how she had to realign her thinking.
- The challenge of explaining to tv executives the difference between an expat (lifestyle) show and a travel show.
- Why she is committed to confronting negative stereotypes and creating positive alternative BIPOC media narratives.
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