Tiffany Blackmon is a nationally recognized chef, podcast host of “My So-Called Fabulous,” and an influencer, cookbook author, mother, wife, daughter, and friend. She is lovingly referred to as the “Mother of the People” by those who know and love her. And to know Tiffany is to love Tiffany.
Tiffany decided to make a shift in her career in 2019. She began dipping her toes into the world of lifestyle influencing, blogging, and podcast hosting. Tiffany’s podcast is now her full-time passion project. She shares all things food, fitness, interiors, beauty, and fashion.
Tiffany started this journey as so many came to her for advice and her deep desire to connect with people. She shares her experience and knowledge to hopefully help both women and men.
Listen in for some great takeaways about turning your passion into a successful entrepreneurial venture.
You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…
- Learn more about Tiffany Blackmon and her brand [4:29]
- What sparked Tiffany’s interest in entrepreneurism [7:47]
- How the My So-Called Fabulous podcast came to be [9:25]
- What Tiffany hopes people will take away from her podcast [13:40]
- What platforms have been the most effective to grow her brand? [15:06]
- How Tiffany suggests people start learning how to cook [18:50]
- Why television wasn’t the right path for Tiffany [23:04]
- What Tiffany learned from Holocaust survivor Charlotte Plotsky [23:56]
- Tiffany’s advice for those who want to turn their passion into a business [28:20]
- What Tiffany did today that put her in the right mindset for success [32:17]
Learn more about Tiffany Blackmon and her brand
Tiffany spent an entire career building and supporting other brands. During that journey, she learned that she had a gift. When Tiffany was 54, she decided it was time to do something for herself. It was time to grow her own brand.
But the “how” was a lot to wrap her mind around. So she surrounded herself with people who understood social media and technology. She started posting on Instagram. One year later, a friend approached her about starting a podcast.
Tiffany doesn’t feel like being an entrepreneur is her love language. But she’s driven to succeed. She wants to teach men and women that you can pursue your passions at any age. You simply need passion and work ethic.
How the My So-Called Fabulous podcast came to be
When Tiffany’s friend approached her about starting a podcast her first thought was, “What’s a podcast?” But she learned quickly. They started talking about it in 2019 and launched it in 2020. They’re launching season six now and have over 150 episodes spanning topics like food, fitness, beauty, cooking, and much more.
Why did she name it “My So-Called Fabulous?” Tiffany jokes it’s because she uses the word “fabulous” a lot. But she also wanted to share her success and failures. She wanted her podcast to allow others to learn from her struggles and realize they weren’t alone in theirs.
What platforms have been the most effective to grow her brand?
Tiffany has been on Facebook since it existed. But when she launched her brand, she focused on Instagram to get her recipes and books out there. In 2019, Instagram was all about beautiful pictures. Instagram has not only generated new followers but has been her best route to monetizing her podcast.
Tiffany points out that It is a full-time business—not a hobby. She has to pay the people that work for her and has to monetize it. She’s recently seen a lot of growth on TikTok. In the beginning, Tiffany questioned who’d watch a 58-year-old’s videos on TikTok but she’s seen continued success.
Tiffany’s advice for those who want to turn their passion into a business
Tiffany states “Life is short, so just do it.” But she also says there are some important things to consider, mainly, is it financially feasible? Tiffany worked through an entire career before she was able to financially swing focusing on her passion.
And she notes that once you decide to dive in, you have to remember that things won’t happen overnight. Why not let your full-time job support your passion and start saving money so that you can make the move toward your passion? You need to be financially stable first.
Secondly, you have to be passionate about what you’re doing. If you’re passionate, you will find a way to do it. You may have to start slowly but never give up.
Resources & People Mentioned
- Chopped with David Noll, Episode #66
- Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork
Connect with Tiffany Blackmon
Tiffany Blackmon is a tenacious and dynamic woman who wears many hats. A nationally recognized chef, podcast host of My So-Called Fabulous, influencer, cookbook author, mother, wife, daughter, and friend, are just some of the things that make Tiffany so fabulous. She is lovingly referred to as the “Mother of the People” by those who know and love her, and to know Tiffany, is to love Tiffany.
Tiffany splits her time between Fort Worth, Austin, and Cabo with her husband Greg, her daughter Kennedy, and her first and only fur baby LaLa. Tiffany decided to make a shift in her career in 2019. She began dipping her toes into the world of lifestyle influencing, blogging, and podcast host. Tiffany’s, My So-Called Fabulous is now her fulltime passion project. Tiffany began her lifestyle brand sharing all things food, fitness, interiors, beauty, and fashion through her social media platforms and her successful podcast, which celebrated its 100th episode in January of 2022. Tiffany started this journey as so many came to her for advice and her deep desire to connect with people. She shares her experience and knowledge to hopefully help so many women and men.
In addition to being an author and chef, Tiffany is a professional speaker and media-trained. Tiffany loves being in front of the camera, and has a passion for detail in every facet of her life. She has strong opinions on cooking equipment, place settings, linens, and workout clothes, not-to-mention an addiction to shoes. Tiffany adores entertaining and having people in her home, as making connections and new friends is really what life is all about!
After graduating from Texas Christian University, Tiffany attended Johnson & Wales University in South Carolina to study Culinary Arts. Having more than 30 years of culinary experience, Tiffany has served in many different areas of the culinary world. Notably, during this time she served as the Executive Chef and Culinary Director for Beef Loving Texans, formerly Texas Beef Council. She appeared on a large number of television and radio programs discussing and demonstrating tips and techniques for healthy beef recipes. Tiffany is the author of bestselling cookbooks: 200 Best Panini Recipes, 300 Best Casseroles, and Panini French.
Tiffany has offered a range of client services ranging from video streams and voice-overs to sales enhancement presentations, recipe development and testing, lectures and presentations, entertaining and parties, menu development and wine pairing, and she has curated an extensive client base. She has also served as spokesperson and contributing editor for Cooking Light, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Cottage Living and Lowe’s Creative Ideas. Tiffany has also appeared on numerous television programs including Good Morning America, Home Shopping Network, E! Entertainment Television, Food Network, and Country Music Television.
Tiffany has served as Foods and Entertaining Specialist for Southern Living Cooking School. In this role, she traveled to more than 40 cities each year to present cooking demonstrations, menu planning and entertaining ideas.
Tiffany maintains a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy and keeps fitness as a priority in her life. She taught group fitness classes for over 30 years and won a number of awards in the NPC Masters Bikini Division.
Philanthropy is an important part of Tiffany’s life, and she has served as board member of North Austin Chapter of National Charity League and Vandegrift High School Cheer Booster Club. Tiffany continues to serve a number of nonprofits today, including Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Cook’s Children Hospital Jewel Charity, Women’s Center of Tarrant County and Project 4031.
Making connections and new friends is really what life is all about! Thank you for being here and I hope you enjoy what I have to share.
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