Entrepreneur Spotlight: Dreamintv Founder Frantz Alcema
Each week the NAAHP highlights entrepreneurs who are making changes in their communities as well as the small business world. Frantz Alcema is a modern entrepreneur. You may have watched his Haitian-American Television station Dream IN TV, which is broadcast in Haiti and on major American cable stations.
Frantz describes himself as a Haitian journalist, he has over 13 years of experience and was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. The business of media and entertainment has always been an essential part of Frantz’s life.
Look for the Dream IN TV channel on your local TV guide. Check out dreamintv.com to watch live and check out latest music videos.
10 Questions for Frantz Alcema
Dominique Elkind, NAAHP: Tell us a bit about your personal background.
Frantz Alcema: I’m a Haitian journalist who worked as a news editor from 2004 to 2009 for Telemax in Haiti. I was the youngest journalist to have served as Editor in chief for the country in media. I co-Founded Amour Creole Magazine in Boston (2012). I was born January 5 (Capricorn) in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.
NAAHP: Tell me about Dream IN TV in 140 characters or less.
FA: Dream IN TV is a Haitian-American Television station. We are currently focused mainly on the North American and Caribbean market. As we grow we will continue to broaden our scope of focus. We will eventually tap into the European countries as well as other International markets. We are a fully independent news network not associated with any government, or political parties. We seek to provide an objective and coverage of happenings and propose a fresh and unique perspective. This is especially true regarding events in Haiti We strive to report the news without prejudice.
We are a fully independent news network not associated with any government, or political parties. We seek to provide an objective and coverage of happenings and propose a fresh and unique perspective. This is especially true regarding events in Haiti. We strive to report the news without prejudice.
NAAHP: More in depth, what is your vision for Dream IN TV and how did you come up with the concept?
FA: We expected to create a TV channel to cover all Haiti and broadcast also on major American cables companies.
NAAHP: What’s the story behind the name, Dream IN TV?
FA: Since 2010, I have been the US Correspondent for Haiti Press Network (HPN). We made all publications in French. When I posted news in French some Haitian-Americans and U.S. born friends could read or understand my news stories so I said let me do something in English so they can understand. We also we play a lot of Haitian music videos that cannot be found easily in the U.S.A. Beyond all that I always had dreams to create my own TV station… so I called it Dream IN TV: I am the dream in television.
NAAHP: What is the biggest challenge of your work?
FA: My family: I have two boys and my wife. People write me and call me for the latest news articles on events, invitations, new music video, concert etc… I have to answer them and at the same time take care and spent time with my family.
NAAHP: Did you always know that you wanted to work in the media and entertainment business?
FA: Yes, at 12 years old I was watching the news, trying to understand what was going on. I listened to talk politics show, entertainment show… since that developed a great passion to work in the media and entertainment business.
NAAHP: What kind of advice can you give to entrepreneurs going into the media and entertainment business or going into business in general?
FA: Never give up, follow your dream, try to do everything very professional and fast.
NAAHP: How do you prioritize your time and what Dream IN TV will focus on?
FA: Prioritizing daily tasks is key to successful time management. When you prioritize, you make sure you accomplish the most important tasks first. Make time management a habit. We want to help Haitian-Americans explore they natural endowment.
NAAHP: What are your entrepreneurial journey highlights thus far?
FA: The success journey is the process of working through each step to arrive at the next one, with each step motivating and inspiring you to press on without fail.
NAAHP: How does Dream IN TV support the Haitian economy?
FA: We always relate news of our investors, Artist, Musicians, and make sure our followers in Haiti and around the world trust that initiative or businesses.