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Oct 31 2017

How Calibe Thompson Creates Space for Caribbean Culture in Television, Publishing & Events


 

 

Calibe Thompson has been in love with entrepreneurship since birth, inspired by her entrepreneurial father and creating her own business by selling candy while growing up on the island of Jamaica. As Calibe grew older, even while in professional positions and during her stint as a background singer for top reggae artists, she always knew she was meant to create something for herself. Eventually, and after overcoming many obstacles and navigating many detours, Calibe has found her passion as a producer of media and events that celebrate Caribbean culture — including the television show, Taste the Islands, her Island Origins magazine and her food festival, Taste the Islands.

 

On this episode of the Support is Sexy podcast, Calibe — who is Executive Producer, Blondie Ras Productions  and Creative Director of Island Syndicate — shares the sometimes winding road to discovering your passion, doing the work even when you don’t know the “how,” and being prepared when the opportunity comes knocking.

 

On this episode we discuss:

  • The power of empathy.
  • Why you have to say YES before you’re ready.
  • The importance of asking for support from your community.
  • Keep doing the work even when it seems impossible and you don’t know “the how.”
  • Why you MUST follow up.
  • The process of pitching your show to PBS.
  • Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.
  • How to delegate and build your team.

 

 

VISIT ISLAND ORIGINS AT…

Islandoriginsmag.com

 

VISIT TASTE THE ISLANDS AT

TastetheIslandsTV.com

 

 

GET IN TOUCH WITH CALIBE AT…

Calibe@islandsyndicate.com

 

 

FOLLOW ISLAND ORIGINS ON…

Facebook: @islandorigins

Instagram: @islandorigins

Twitter: @islandorigins

 

REFERENCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

The Power of Empathy: A Practical Guide to Creating Intimacy, Self-Understanding and Lasting Love by Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli and Katherine Ketcham (Dutton, 2000)

Sly and Robbie

Sting

No Doubt

Rolling Stones

Beenie Man

Kevin Lyttle

Jamaicans.com

Caribcast.tv

Inner Circle

Ato Boldon

Jamaica Tourism Board

PBS (Public Broadcasting Service)

The Secret documentary

Fiverr

Upwork

Royal Caribbean

Expedia

Shonda Rhimes

Essence

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[Music: “Easy” by SPCZ, 2016]

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