Stuff About Me
NAME: Tara Cole, aka TC, aka RealityTC
ABOUT THE NAME REALITYTC: The name is a play on reality television and came out of the idea of speaking my truth.
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Married with dogs.
STUDIED: Journalism, Communications, Visual Art, Business, Computer Programming.
CHILDHOOD ASPIRATION: Go-go dancer. Because—go-go boots.
WEIRDEST JOB: Performance art model-actress.
MUSICAL ROOTS: Studied classical and jazz piano and flute. I also played keyboards, guitar and bass guitar and sang vocals in bands you’ve never heard of. I still play and write music when I have time.
GUILTY PLEASURE: Watching The Bachelor/Bachelorette with my Twitter friends.
WHAT I READ: I read everything from trashy vampire novels to the exploration of neuroscience.
HOARDER OF: Lipstick
YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT: I make up words that aren’t in the dictionary, and I don’t apologize for that.
Tara Cole is a writer, musician, and solopreneur based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Before starting her own consulting business in 1996, Tara worked for several ad agencies. She received two Echo Awards for her work with Fallon McElligott in 1995. During her stint there, Fallon won Adweek’s Agency of the Year 1995/1996. Tara was part of the integrated marketing movement to unify all aspects of a brand’s image—now an industry standard. As a solopreneur, Tara’s clients included Campbell-Mithun-Esty, Colle & McVoy, and many smaller companies.
Before pursuing the ad business full time, Tara earned a degree in journalism/communications from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis on the visual arts. As a child, she studied piano and flute. Tara played keyboards, guitar, bass guitar and sang vocals—writing music and performing professionally. She also spent time early in her career modeling and working as a photo stylist. Tara was the cover model and featured stylist in a Writer’s Digest publication about modeling.
Seeing a niche as a communication liaison between marketers and developers, Tara returned to school to study software programming and UX design in 2000. She also worked with clients like Clear Channel to manage and create content in their growing internet space.
The original RealityTC blog, created in 2003, jump-started Tara’s love of writing and sparked a new passion for social media. Exploring different platforms, including video and podcasting, came naturally for Tara and she continues to evolve her brand.
When she’s not working, Tara enjoys time outdoors, playing in the studio and attending local shows. She and her husband live in the Twin Cities with their two dogs.
RealityTC® is a registered trademark of Tara Cole.
Tara Cole—aka RealityTC—is a writer, musician, and solopreneur based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She spent her early career in the ad business and launched a consulting firm in the 90s. She plays music in her basement and is working on The Great American Novel with the hope that it will see daylight one day. Find her @RealityTC or realitytc.com.
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