Catching up with producer Tori Carter, U-S alumna
Tori Carter graduated from the Urban-Suburban program in 2012, moving to NYC for college – where she turned an internship into a career.
In second grade, Tori joined the Urban-Suburban program as a student in the Penfield school district.
“Having the experience of living in two different worlds, the inner city and the suburban school district, definitely shaped me and my own understanding of the world,” shared Tori, from her current home in Brooklyn.
She brought that lesson with her to college at St. John’s University in NYC, where she was surrounded by people of different worlds.
“I was able to meet and connect with people who had a lot in common with me,” said Tori.
While she knew she wanted to go to college in NYC, she didn’t know exactly what she wanted to major in.
“When I applied, I said Political Science….then that changed to Journalism…and I ended up with a Public Relations major, which I really enjoyed and could see myself doing that specifically in entertainment or sports,” she recalled, as she explained she was the first in her family to go to a four year college.
While in college, she started as an intern at BET, working full-time once she graduated.
“Part of my role at BET was to come up with ways to promote shows. One was Hustle in Brooklyn, a reality show based around young millennials. One concept I created was Spread Love the Brooklyn Way where we highlighted Black-owned businesses,” said Tori, explaining that concept was created for social media platforms to promote the network’s show.
Earlier this year, she began a new job with 360i as the Associate Director for Social Media Marketing. In her current role, she works with networks like Bravo and SciFi.
Her work can be seen across the networks’ social media accounts, as she works with a team of creatives to pitch monthly ideas.
Her biggest advice to current Urban-Suburban students?
Stay true to yourself, and don’t compare yourself to others.
“Don’t be discouraged by people who don’t understand you. Allow them to come to you to learn. It is easy to compare, especially socioeconomically to your classmates. But there is a reason why you are there. They can learn from you, you are an asset to that school,” said Tori.
For more of her work, visit ToriTheProducer.com