We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Hall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Courtney, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I wanted to create a platform where I could showcase individuals who are doing great things for their communities and/or themselves. The Courtney Hall Show not only does that, but is a networking opportunity for guest who film their interviews on the same day. Two of my guests met on set, one is an author and the other a film maker. After hearing each other’s stories and connecting, they decided to move forward on producing a film on the author’s novel. The author went on to use my interview to get on other platforms like Great Day Houston. That’s the “win” for me. L.I.B.I. (Linking Individuals, Becoming Invincible)
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
One thing I keep in the front of my mind is EXCELLENCE. Is producing a show, whether live or taped, easy? No, it’s work, but I enjoy it. I love knowing I am providing a safe space for others to open up and be themselves.
I have a vision of what my show is supposed to look like, feel like and sound like before I step foot in the studio. This allows me to answer questions or face challenges that might arise the day of.
The one thing I’ve learned is “just have a conversation”. Too many people are forcing a conversation or trying to be like their favorite media personalities. I must admit, I wanted to mimic the legendary talk host Oprah Winfrey. I had to stop, take a step back and realize my own power and influence. My best interviews are the ones where I’m simply having a conversation.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There’s a lot of brunch places to checkout. My go-tos are Moxies, Frozen Paradise Bar & Grill (Black-owned) and 51fifteen.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to take the time to thank my uncle, Wilmer Blacknall. As a entertainment personality himself, he’s guided me through my journey. He’s an amazing mentor. Peter Allen, you are always available to answer a question or connect me with talent.
LaToya Hurly, you’re a BOSS. Your passion inspires me.
Lastly, thank you to everyone that trusted me enough to SHARE THEIR STORY ON MY PLATFORM. You all opened up and allowed me to see you!