Tanaka, tell us a little more about how you got into public speaking!

My name is Tanaka Tava, I'm a creative entrepreneur, public speaker, actor, author, podcaster and college student.

Basically a modern day renaissance man.

My main inspiration are DeVon Franklin, Nick Cannon & Childish Gambino.

I'm currently in my final year at Baylor University, studying with a double major - Neuroscience and Theatre Arts with an Entrepreneurship minor.

I first got into public speaking because both in high school and college I was involved in student government.

Plus, being a theatre major helped me practice my oratory skills.

I first started giving a speech to the student body, then went around my community boys and girls club and was invited by my high school to come speak.

Most importantly, I realized that my voice, especially as a black creative, does hold value in spreading a positive message to the younger generation - saying "hey this person looks like me has done this amazing stuff I can do it too."

Representation is important and I'm passionate about the message of equity, inclusion, and advocacy for people to have a seat at the table.