For this week’s Hot Seat, the Out N About sat down with Tracy Laville, a talented content creator and visual storyteller, whom we met during Saba’s Rum and Lobster Fest. She tells us all about her passion for authenticity, womanhood and travel.
Please introduce yourself.
I’m Tracy. I’m a local content creator on Instagram and TikTok. On my social media pages, I share snippets of my authentic island life. When you land on my page, you can expect travel content, thoughts and my motherhood stories... You’ll also see my family a lot.
How did you get into content creation?
I really got into content creation on social media after the pandemic. But now that I’m thinking about it, I grew up in a creative environment. My dad had (and he still has) a passion for photography. My mom is a French teacher. She read me a lot of stories, but we also created a lot of stories. Somehow, I’m a blend of the two – I use video and photos to tell stories.
What is your favourite thing about being a content creator?
I love telling stories. I love turning everything into storytelling. I also like to capture the beauty in places people would qualify as random.
What can we expect from you in 2024?
In 2024, I’d like to rebrand. I feel like I’m getting a little too comfortable and I don’t like that. I’d like to get out of my comfort zone. I have an idea and I have to work on it. I generally use December to reflect on the year, set clear intentions and define my goals for the year that’s coming. So it’s still a work in progress.
What has been your favourite event/trip so far?
In terms of events, I loved covering the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. I loved when they had a day dedicated to the gender gap. I was proud to bring my contribution. The video I created for it is by far my favourite. In terms of trips, my last trip to Jamaica was magical. I fell in love with the destination.
Where do you find inspiration?
My inspiration comes from my surroundings. My five senses need to be stimulated. I love authentic places/scenes. I love people. I love seeing people living their normal lives. It also has to be culturally meaningful. When it’s too curated I don’t like it. Just check my page (@tracy.lalla) to see what I mean.
What would you advise your younger self, or other people looking to get into a similar profession?
Do it scared! There will never be a right time, take a leap of faith (I’m a Taurus lol). There is no such thing as failure, there are only life lessons. Spread your talent, but protect your peace. People will always talk – stop paying attention to what people say. I still need to follow some of this advice myself!