It is my pleasure to welcome AAMBookclub Author Tori Turner to Conversations today. She's here to talk about her new release, When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. Big. Be sure and check out her interview and get to know Tori.
WHEN I DECIDED TO D.R.E.A.M. BIG
As an aspiring teen actress, model, entrepreneur and philanthropist, at only 14 years old Tori Turner has learned that getting to the top and reaching stardom is a marathon, not a sprint. Through personal accounts, triumphs, and pitfalls as a young aspiring artist, Tori shares with her reader how to overcome by keeping God first and not only dreaming but dreaming big on purpose! When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. Big is organized into a series of steps one should take in order to strategically go after your goals and dreams, while also offering insightful lessons learned, Biblical inspiration and inspirations from other big dreamers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama and Walt Disney, to name a few! In When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. Big, Tori takes the reader through the beginning stages of her journey and all of the priceless inspirations that she has picked up along the way. Her journey is far from over and in fact it is only the beginning, but this teen has decided to give back along the way and share everything that she is learning in hopes that other teens will have the courage to go after their dreams!
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Get to know Tori:
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Well I’m 14 years old, a current freshman in high school. I’m an aspiring actress, an author, a pageant girl, entrepreneur and motivational speaker with Young Black Minds. I have my own foundation, Tori Turner’s D.R.E.A.M. BIG Foundation and I also started my own company last year, T Star Entertainment which is a full service entertainment and promotion company. I like to promote and host safe, clean, fun events for tweens and teens in New Orleans. Currently I am promoting my 1st book with Delphine Publications along with getting prepared for my upcoming book tour. I am also working on my second book, which will be the first installment of my first book series.
Your new book “When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. BIG” releases May 7th, how exciting! Tell us what sparked this book and what it is about.
“I am super excited!” The book coming out is extremely exciting because I never thought that I would actually write my own book AND have it published, especially at my age. Now I’m hooked and can’t wait to finish my next one! I have always read a lot and thought about writing a book, but that was as far as I got, until now! What made me want to write this very inspirational book is during my reign I did motivational speaking all over my state at different places got some great feedback on the information I was sharing. The young girls really seemed to connect with me and they would email me questions and ask when I was coming back. One of the mothers said “you should put this in a book!” I talked to my Mom about it but at the time she didn’t know how to help me. “Now this gets interesting….” My next booking was to speak at a youth empowerment event for the Bayou Soul Writers & Readers conference which is held every year the day before Essence Festival begins in New Orleans, LA. Not only did I get to speak, but I also met lots of authors and publishers and began to ask questions. I picked up a business card from on of the authors; who is now my publisher, Ms. Tamika Newhouse of Delphine Publications, and the rest is history in the making. When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. BIG is about dreaming big of course, thinking positive, speaking positive on you life, and keeping God first while doing it.
You are such an inspiration and quite successful at such a young age, you must have a great support system! Who inspires you daily?
Thank you for the compliment! I have an awesome support system. My parents work very hard to help my little sister Lexi and I reach our dreams. I am really blessed. Of course God is my ultimate daily inspiration, but I am also really inspired by my little sister. When I look at her, I see all of the little girls that will potentially look up to me and it makes me want to be a good person. I don’t always make the best choices, but I am trying to be the best role model I can be.
How do your balance high school along with your road appearances?
It’s not easy I can tell you that, but for the most part I usually do most of my appearances on weekends when I can and during the summer. The summer is when I am the busiest because I have no school. During the school year the main focus is my grades; my Mom doesn’t play when it comes to my grades. I may have a few appearances here and there but nothing major.
You apply emphasis on DREAM. Tell us what that means and how it developed?
D.R.E.A.M. is an acronym and it stands for Divinely, Revealed, Enterprises, through Anointing, to Manifestation. Let’s break it down: “Divinely Revealed” – staying in submission to God’s will and in constant prayer, he will reveal things to you; “Enterprises” – business opportunities; “through Anointing” – revealed during prayer time, from dream or vision to….; “to Manifestation” – to…..REALITY! What that means is that you should always keep God first in everything that you do and whenever you dream, dream bigger than big and he will direct your path. This acronym was revealed to my Mom during a church revival and she wrote it down in her note pad. God gave her the vision that he would reveal different business enterprises to our family in due season. The first was the creation of my non-profit foundation, Tori Turner’s D.R.E.A.M BIG Foundation. For me D.R.E.A.M. merges dreaming with spirituality and acts as a reminder that it all comes from God.
What advice do you have for teen girls passionate or even anxious about achieving their dreams?
My first advice is to always keep God first. I learned this when I was little, but I had to learn it again recently. It is very easy to get caught up in pursuing what you want and leave God out, but I have learned that doesn’t work! Also I would tell teen girls to go for whatever it is they want to achieve, but don’t be anxious because most things are a marathon and not a sprint. (That’s something my Mom tells me when I get anxious) Always D.R.E.A.M. BIG no matter what!
~ The journey of one thousand miles starts with one single step ~ Make sure you are doing something toward your goal everyday!
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