Entrepreneur Spotlight

Published on February 12th, 2012 | by thevyne


Entrepreneur Spotlight: Tracie Isaac

Last weekend we had the pleasure of meeting Tracie Isaac, a true Renaissance woman. Her extraordinary career and diverse and numerous experiences made it hard to keep up with her! This visionary has an amazing way to not only conceptualize creative ideas but also execute them beautifully. Here’s just a glimpse of Tracie Isaac:

Name: Tracie Isaac

Hometown: Born in Auburn, AL but grew up in Rochester, NY

Current City: Brooklyn, NY

Education: Studied Advertising & Communications at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology

Occupation: Dancer turned model turnedDesigner turned beauty/fashion and model editor of Essence turned boutique owner turned advertising agency exec turned executive producer turned marketer turned agent turned magazine editor-in-chief turned entrepreneur of TopNotch, Inc. In a nutshell, Tracie has made a career out of following her creative instincts, working on projects that she was passionate about, and reinventing herself at the drop of a dime.

Tracie’s Who’s Who: Diana Ross, Susan Taylor, Martin Scorsese, Tyler Perry, Gordon Parks, Bill Cosby, Suzanne de Passe and Donna Karan – all names that came up during our conversation with Tracie. During her career she has worked with some of the most prominent entertainers and public figures around. Some highlights include coordinating a photo shoot with Diana Ross for Essence on top of the World Trade Center, styling Arsenio Hall during the Arsenio Hall Show days, as well as seeing Bill Cosby wear a couple of sweaters bought in her boutique on the Cosby Show. She also talked about working and helping Tyler Perry connect with major brands for product placement deals and conceiving and producing a multi-media exhibit and tribute for Gordon Parks before his death.

Quotable: “I always find an opportunity where there is a void.”

Three words that describe you: Kindred, Renaissance, Visionary

Favorite pastime while not working: Reading

Favorite travel destination: Egypt

To feel more centered I…: Meditate

Favorite Cuisines: Italian and Caribbean

Style inspirations: Josephine Baker. When she went to Europe she developed a sense of high fashion and self-expression that brought out the best in her.

Words you live by: Integrity, being true to self and giving to others



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