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Rising Stars: Meet Tira Judkins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tira Judkins.

Hi Tira, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My story started in the projects of Montgomery, AL, later finding myself as a teenage mother. I found myself getting involved in drugs and alcohol, which ultimately led to prison. Upon release, it took a while to adjust and find what my purpose really was. Once I got more involved with the church, I began to realize that I wanted to be a resource to those who have had a similar background as myself. Soon after, a job opened in the substance use disorder recovery field that allowed me the opportunity to be a support specialist. Around the same time, I started a production company called “TKJ Productions.” I joined forces with a domestic violence organization called Women of Refined Gold to help bring more awareness to domestic violence. By doing so, I wrote a stage play called “Wrong Match,” which exposes how easily you can become a victim. As of today, I have directed six productions, one short film, and am now the author of “Undone, A Battle with the Mind.” And soon to be releasing the publishing of a children’s book. In reflection, it reminds me of a famous quote by Bat Man, “Everything is impossible until someone does it.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has definitely not been a smooth road. I had to process coming out of prison and changing my routines and surroundings. I had to stop using. I had to deal with having a felony background and no voting rights. I was living in a halfway house, finding myself with a trash bag full of clothes and everything was just different. There was no job. So, I had to fight every day to rebuild a life that I had destroyed.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I write stage plays that help brings awareness of different issues in the community in hopes that others may see that they may need help and to know that there is a way out of their current situation. I serve as a Recovery Support Specialist and I specialize in recovery resources. I help those who are suffering with substance use disorder by guiding them to proper treatment, mental health assistance, and processing the next steps in life. I am known for being a beacon of hope. I try to bring people hope in every aspect of what I put my hands to. I am most proud of the fact that I am able to help others who are struggling. It’s an honor to be available every day to others and get to speak life into them. What sets me apart is the fact that my heart is about building up people and not building up money. My focus is on the person.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
I view risk taking as another way of stepping out on faith. I had to take a huge risk. After prison, I found a job that I had worked for four years. I was the manager, but I knew it was time to leave. I walked away from that job months before the job I love opened up. Many wouldn’t understand this, but I knew that I wouldn’t have the opportunities I have today if I didn’t make a change.

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Image Credits:

Tesix design and Fiera Wilson Design
Photo by Jarvis at studio B in Atlanta (main photo)

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