Ketara Wells Shares How She Takes Life on Shamelessly
Ketara’s upbringing truly shaped the woman she is today. From her grandmother to her daddy to her mother, she can easily point out the influences her family has had on her life. Growing up, like many young women, Ketara experienced her own set of insecurities but rather than sit in sorrow and shame, she has decided to no longer view her flaws the way society views them. Instead she chooses to live a life of empowerment and encourages others to do so as well.
Find out more about how she dealt with her struggles and how she landed opportunities that allowed her to get her feet wet in the media industry. She has so much planned for her future and she’s certainly on the right path.
What influences of your past have shaped who you are today?
I’d have to say my family. When I was child, I was always that kid who hung out with the elderly folks. I was always in grown folk’s mouth, even though I was extremely quiet and shy. I would purposely come in the living room because I wanted to hear the conversations my momma would have with her friends. I come from a really big and dynamic family, so there are a lot of elements that play a part. My granny taught me how to be a good person to others, and to always help others in need even when you don’t have much. My daddy, plus the other men in my family, taught me the house number in case somebody tried to get out of line. My momma is another story, because I am the spitting image of her. My granny and daddy gave me that Old Soul/Southern mentality, and my momma gave me my feisty, free spirit “corky black girl” characteristics. I’m a complex person, because I come from a complex situation (family).
Did you experience any insecurities and how did you overcome them?
I honestly don’t think I’ve overcome my greatest insecurity, which is my skin disorder. But I will say this: I don’t really see it as an insecurity anymore. Twenty-one years later, I choose to accept it, and once I made that decision I began to empower myself. It is a journey that is mine, and has been mine since I was three years old. I think when it comes to insecurities in our lives, it’s almost like we choose to battle our own demons. It doesn’t have to be that way, especially when it's coming from a societal standpoint. How can someone who has never met me tell me that I’m not beautiful? Or that my skin is too dark? My hair is too coarse? Or whatever that insecurity may be. Sometimes, our greatest insecurity isn’t our outer appearance, but a sick mindset. The time we spend enduring our insecurities, is time we could be healing and empowering ourselves. I had to learn that during my walk with God awhile back. It will never be a perfect journey, but it’s a long way from what it used to be.
You recently graduated from PV and you’re currently enrolled in graduate school at Sam Houston, how important is school for you and why?
Growing up, it was the place I would escape to. I mean literally escape – mind, body and soul. School really taught me that I could be anyone that I wanted to be. Where I come from, many people don’t get far or even leave the area at all. In high school, I felt like going to college was my "only ticket” out as some people would say. Being in school also exposed me to different perspectives in life, which is something I love because mentorship is something I see in my future. In order to be a mentor, you don’t have to have an education but you do need knowledge and wisdom. Most of my mentors are college women and they encouraged me to further my education not only for good pay, but also because of the possibility that I might be able to provide opportunities to young women in the future as well. Getting an education has always helped me stay on my feet. But being in the Communications field simply reminds me to always use my third eye, which is great because it helps me stay connected with my community.
How did you obtain the opportunity to work for KPRC 2 News?
Well, after being denied twice I guess three times the charm huh? The year before I got the position, I would volunteer to write stories for the web, because my mentor was the Senior Web Producer. Honestly, I took it upon myself to put myself out there. I would write stories, practice Houston Police Department drills/press releases every other morning from my mentor, interview and investigate stories that eventually the producers would add into the shows. At first, I didn’t think I would get the internship simply because I was denied twice, but my mentor encouraged me and made sure to prep me. I am forever grateful for her and all other my other mentors for helping get to this point, they’ve been a major impact in my growth.
What are you working on now? Where do you see yourself within the next 5 years?
Right now, I’m just focused on school since I’ll be graduating next May. I have a few things up my sleeve and some projects I might get into since I’m always looking for a new experience.
In the next 5 years, I would hope to be established in my career. I would love to work my way up to becoming an Executive in a Digital department for a media outlet. I see myself going completely digital, somewhere working various projects in video & film, graphic design and web design. I would like to work with conferences, festivals, live events, non-profit organizations and others. I want to help build platforms and expand them on a global level. Most importantly, I just want to be in my career with the ability to be myself at all times.
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