We had the good fortune of connecting with Odessa Chambers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Odessa, what do you attribute your success to?
I think the most important factor for me is that the business I am in I truly love. I really love what I do, A lot of people can’t really say that. I think that the success of my brand is being consistent.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
So do a lot but all in the media and entertainment ….. I am the producer for daytime LIVE! a daytime talk show which airs 3 times per week on Television Jamaica. I took on this show because while have experience in media, Live broadcast was something I never done. Daytime Live! has become Television Jamaica the fastest rising TV show on the station. I gave myself a challenge of making it a household name in 6 months and I did it in 5. Now moving into its 5th year I am truly proud of the blue print I have built for daytime TV in Jamaica.
I run my media brand o-access JAMAICA which is a blog that gives readers access to Jamaica & the diaspora in, culture, lifestyle, entertainment & more. The more of o-access JAMAICA is its podcast Reasonings With Odessa which gives an audience real in-depth conversations with a range of guests of the African and Caribbean diaspora the areas of music, film, art, and business in audio & visual.
What sets me apart from most is that I have years of experience in all areas of Entertainment, TV, Film, Music Management, and Marketing and PR and have worked global brands and companies outside of the Caribbean. My upbringing of growing up in the UK, US and the Caribbean also helps.
I am excited about a few ventures I am working on but cannot release information on but just know its going to be game changing .
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?
I have hosted a lot of friends, family and celebrities in the city of Kingston, such as Nick Cannon, Nelly Furtado and the late great Kenny Rogers.. When hosting I like to have my friends to get a true vibe of the city culturally as well as the as show them how diverse it is.
We are in a pandemic but before the pandemic Kingston was known for the best night life and a part of Kingston’s night culture was the dancehall dances that take place everyday of the week. A few of dancehall spots which I recommend when the entertainment is back are:
Wet Sundayz, Mojoto Mondays and Uptown Mondays you will most defiantly spot a few of dancehall’s finest DJ’s as well as get to know the hottest new dance moves. Dub Club is also an amazing place to vibe out to dub and reggae music with a spectacular view.
My favourite hotels to host guests are Strawberry Hill Hotel and Spa, Terra Nova Hotel and AC Marriot.
The first food spot I take my friends to is outside of Kingston on Hellshire Beach in St Catherine and my spot is Screechies. There you can get amazing fried or steam fish with festival or bammy as well as grilled lobster (seasonal).
You cannot come to Kingston and not have a Tastee patty which is the best and became one of Nick Cannon’s favourite places to grab and go.
The Terra Nova Hotel is also a great place for that offers great luxury dining. Uncorked is a great wine bar and bistro which has 2 locations and Michaels Resturant offers the best Jamaican breakfast.
I love to visit downtown on Sundays to go to the National Gallery of Jamaica and to hang out at the Waterfront, just to people watch. Devon House is a must to visit not only because the grounds are gorgeous but also its home to its world famous I-Scream (ice cream) spot.
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?
There are a lot of people that I would like to dedicate this to … My mother and father who have nurtured me and who have also encourage me to stay true to myself. My sisterhood of friends who inspire me on a daily. The brotherhood of men in my life who guide and protect me. And to my ancestors who watch over me.
Photo’s by William Richards Photography