We had the good fortune of connecting with Tina Rix and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tina, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I am a licensed psychotherapist and multi-city group mental health practice owner. I am also a singer/songwriter who found too many years of neglecting my creative and musically inclined side was not healthy. It was the end of 2019 when I decided to focus on feeling alive and happy again. I realized that there was no reason I could not merge the 2 worlds that I operate in and love together. It was then that Music and Mental Health was birthed. I decided to not focus on myself for this project. The community needed to help me with this one. I wanted to tell the story of the importance of owning your story and stomping out the stigma that surrounds mental health through the lives of artists and musicians in the very creatively free city of Austin, TX, where I have resided full time for the past 3+ years. My film company is called Thought Posiitve Media, LLC, which is a subsidiary company to Tina Rix Music and Film, LLC. We set out to begin filming from late January through Mid March 2020. In that time we covered over 40 subjects (artists, musicians, venues, and non-profit organizations). Due to the pandemic, I decided it was important to make the 8 episode docuseries available online via our website www.thoughtpositivemedia.com or our FB page www.facebook.com/thoughtpositivemedia. I have been blessed to have my mental health company Better Path Family Counseling and Consulting, PLLC to be able to donate funds to the film company and the 8 part docuseries. The mental health company has offices in Houston, San Antonio, and our headquarters is located at 100 Congress Avenue of Austin, TX. The music and mental health documentary-style 8 part docu-series main goal is to feature music and artists you may or may not have heard of before because they are mostly independent, including myself, to normalized discussing mental health topics, bring awareness to the importance of mental health, and utilize music and musicians as a vehicle to help get the message out about the importance of sharing your story and stomping out the stigma around mental health. We filmed right up until the world shut down due to COVID 19, It is amazing how timely and even more relevant this film project is now due to the mental ad emotional state of people in the US and all over the world.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I left the home at the young age of 14/15 due to sexual, physical, emotional, and mental abuse. I became pregnant at 16. I graduated high school at 17, Obtained my bachelor’s at 20, and reviewed my master’s one month before my 22nd birthday. I have been in the field of mental health for 15.5 years. I have been a licensed mental health professional for 10+ years. I recently filed for divorce due to finding myself in a second marriage and being abused emotionally by a narcissistic spouse. I say all of that to say life has been far from easy but I refuse to give up. I am the bricklayer called here to Earth to steer my family’s legacy in the right direction. See the thing is I am not only concerned with my life and family…. that’s a small part of the big picture. I am called to impact my community and deposit something positive in to many people’s lives. I am not looking for praise and cheers. I simply request respect as a black woman multi-business owner. I request for all people to begin cherishing and respecting black women. I am a person that is about women empowerment and black woman empowerment. We have to value black women and respect their strength, ability to overcome. persevere, and still have a kind and loving heart with a spirit to give back. We are magical and I love us!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Highland Village Buffalo Buyou Park City Centre and the food in Houston beats Austin hands down! Shhhh don’t tell anyone I said so! LOL
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to say thank you to everyone who has been part of this project and the list is long. We have Jonathan Deas, who won a Grammy in 2020 for his production work with Gary Clark, Jr. He has produced the score for the 8 episode docuseries. JaRon Marshall is the traveling keyboardist with the several times over Grammy Nominated band The Black Pumas. He also has his own music that is in the genre of lo-fi/jazz/hip hop… he is really good and also helps produce music for artists when is not busy touring with one of the best bands in the land! Paul Rodriguez has been Godsend and has done a stellar job editing this large project. He also is the post-production assistant for episodes 4-8. Chaka Mandla of Riders Against the Storm lent his talents to my first single Dawn produced by Versus Beats, who is a phenomenal producer featured on Ep 4. I want to thank both of them for making the song special and meaningful. Please find the single on iTunes and wherever you consume music. I lived in Houston for 23 years or so before moving to Austin. Both cities are wonderful, but there is something about Austin that resurrected my life’s purpose and reawakened my creative side. I am forever thankful to the small yet great city of ATX! From here on out it’s Music and Mental Health for life!
Other: Better Path Family Counseling and Consulting, PLLC is currently seeing clients virtually. The website: www.betterpathcounseling.com The Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/betterpathcounseling
Paul Rodriguez of Xceed Media