Spotlight on Nikki Tabron-Booker of Oh Def Network

| May 11, 2016
Jeanie Summerville

Jeanie Summerville

By Jeanie Summerville

What’s up, babies?

I hope all of you mothers had a fantastic Mother’s Day and that, your children showered your heart with love and made you feel as special as you truly are.  On that note, I’d like to introduce to you this week’s spotlight, as we travel on our journey of love to get to know one another better because, she started a business that a lot of people need to further their dreams.  So at this time all we’d like for you to do is just sit back, relax and enjoy.  Or stand and jump and shout if you want to!  You can do that because Frost Illustrated is going to take you there:  

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers.  My name is Nikki Tabron-Booker. I was born and raised in Fort Wayne and graduated from Northrop High School class of ’91.  I’ve lived in other cities but, for some reason, I always come back home and now, I’m the owner of Oh Def Network.  We’re a media communication company that specializes in video and music productions and we try to cover basically anything that has to do with media communications. The media platform of the business just recently started seven months ago but I’ve done the video production part for well over 10 years.  

Nikki Tabron-Booker (right) oversees an Oh Def Network production.

Nikki Tabron-Booker (right) oversees an Oh Def Network production.

“Having this type of business is fun for me because it’s interesting to capture all of these different segments on video and put them together to see the final product.  I’ve been in media communications mostly all of my life and I love it.  It all started when I was in middle school and was introduced to public speaking that I found out  I’m a natural at it.  And, because of my passion for public speaking, I was entered into a speech contest and won second place. That was the first time I was introduced to Frost Illustrated because I was highlighted in the paper.  So ever since then, I’ve been in some form of media but mainly in theatre after middle school.  I was in speech, drama teams, numerous plays and anything that had to do with performing or producing.  

“When I attended college for about one year at The Art Institute, I learned that I also have a passion for video and then I came back home and transferred to IPFW.  While attending IPFW, I decided I wanted to be a theatre major and I learned that I actually liked it better behind the camera. So, I got involved in the web study program in the production department and I just fell in love learning the video camera, editing, directing and producing.  

“So with having years and years of experience, Oh Def Network was formed. We’re helping businesses build a presence on social media through business video profiles that highlights the business and gives pertinent information such as, where they’re located, the products and/or services they offer, their contact info and if they have any specials they want highlighted.  We also have advertising packages and we’ll create a video production for them if they need it and we air the commercials on all of our platforms.  So they’ll be on our Oh Def Network website and mobile app.  You can find this app on Amazon or Google Plus and on our Roku channel which is a streaming device that can be connected to your television and, as long as, you have a wifi or internet connection, you can watch different types of apps such as Nexflix.  Roku is an alternative to cable and we have a channel there so they can download our app and are able to see our contents.

“I provide this service because I want to help you by being that platform.  I want you to be able to be seen and heard.  I’ll give you the best that I can and I’m here for you.  I posted this on my Facebook page the other day, if Oprah was your friend and you had a video or message that you wanted people to see and hear, wouldn’t you want your friend Oprah to put it on one of her stations?  Well, you do have a friend that has a television station of her own but it may not be as big as Oprah’s but I’m here.  So why not let me help you get your message out there to be seen and heard?

“In the next five years, I hope we’ll be in Oprah status because I want the network to be a very strong platform for people globally and when anyone see’s our Oh Def Network logo, they’ll know exactly what they’re going to get which is quality, informational and inspirational material.

“My greatest joy being in this business is, it gives me the freedom I’ve been looking for, for a long while because I can be creative but my greatest challenge has been, bringing in revenue and trying to figure out the best avenue to take in order to bring in that revenue.  We work by appointment but our doors are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., mostly everyday because my son Ahmed Tabron runs his shop The Pyramid Expressive Arts and Tattoo Company here and my son DeShawn Booker works with us in the same office space and he does music productions.  We also have a new set of team members and their business is TRP Production, they’re very popular on Facebook … and they also do video production as well.

“My team consist of 10 people that all came together as a big conglomerate to try and make everything happen for you in one location.  We’re located at 701 E. Columbia St., and my telephone number is (260) 422-3546 or you can reach me via our website

“Some encouraging words I’d like to say to our youth and to everybody else who’s searching for their niche is, you must learn to focus.  If you know what you want and where you want to go, take the time to focus your attention on what it takes to get there and you’ll get there.  And, I know because when I was younger, I was somewhat rebellious but learning everything I have about video services, directing, producing and etc., it helped me to stop being rebellious and to focus.  Because it gave me an outlet, since I was always a creative person, to focus my attention elsewhere and I was able to cope with things a little better.  And, if I can do it, I know you can do whatever it is you choose to do just stay focused.”

Now in closing I say, great job, Nikki.  I’m so proud of you and I hope you much success and as always, it was  nice seeing you again.  So until next week, you’ve been Up Close with Jeanie.  Bye bye, babies.  

P.S.  If you would like The Spotlight shined upon you or someone that you know, all in the name of love,  just send me an e-mail to upclosewithjeanie@yahoo. com.  I’d love to hear from you.

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