Award-Winning TV Personality Marci Hopkins of Wake Up with Marci
Spreading hope and empowerment weekly.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Award-Winning TV Personality Marci Hopkins.
Marci Hopkins is an award-winning TV Personality; host, show creator and executive producer of “Wake Up with Marci” – which airs on CBS owned WLNY-TV, channel 10/55 at 10 am on Saturdays.
“Wake Up” is a platform for spreading hope and empowerment. Each week Marci and her guests share stories and experiences through candid, meaningful, engaging and educational conversations. Marci has been sober for over 5 years, is a mom, a sexual abuse survivor, entrepreneur, and influencer dedicated to giving other’s stories an opportunity to inspire her viewers to find strength, hope and their purpose. Marci inspires you to “Wake Up” and find your passion so you can live your happiest life!
When Marci is not hosting her show, the mother-of-two and devotes much of her time to giving back to her community. She supports the Kumali Organization for orphans in Uganda, Africa, Ambassador of Survivor Corps, helping to match Covid-19 survivors with those that are sick and assisting in finding an immunization, and is on the board of the YWCA, dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, helping women of sexual assault and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Marci has always worked in television, she attended The Art Institute of Houston, graduating with a bachelor in Music and Video Business. Marci started her career with Fox Cable Group and quickly moved up the ranks. She worked in Operations, On-Air Programming and untimely was named Director of On-Air Promotions for FX Network in Los Angeles. Marci moved to New Jersey 15 years ago with her family and started a new career in front of the camera a few years later. Marci worked as a commercial and Indie Film actor. Once Marci was finding healing and happiness, she harnessed all of her experience and launched Wake Up with Marci.
Marci has been voted Media Mompreneur of the Year, by New Jersey Family Magazine, Social Influencer, by 201 Magazine and Bergen Record. Marci recently received the Women’s Achievement Award from The New Jersey State Federation Women’s Club, and was also honored by the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge at their Whiskers and Tails Dinner and Casino Night.
Marci continues to use all social platforms to help women live their most powerful lives.
Can you share with us your background and your career?
I am a Texas girl and started my career in Houston. I went to the Art Institute of Houston studying Music and Video Business. Not long after graduation I started my path in television. I worked for Fox Cable Group and worked my way up to Director of On-Air Promotions for FX Network in LA. I started a family and retired, moved to New Jersey and got in front of the camera at 40. I worked in commercials and indie films. After a personal hiatus I decided I wanted to get back to my passion of media, harnessed all of my experience and launched a social media talk show called Coffee with Marci, helping entrepreneurs and nonprofits in my community. After some success with the show and personal success with my healing journey0 I wanted to help others on a larger scale. I am a sexual abuse survivor and just celebrated 5 years of sobriety, I am living my happiest life and I wanted to create a platform to help others. That is where Wake Up with Marci was born. I have created a platform where I share candid stories of help, Resources and education on important subjects like wellness/mental health, along with fun segments with musical guests, celebrities and cooking. It is so important to me to help others know that they too can live their happiest life, there is so much hope and healing. Wake Up helps you to wake up your subconscious, be inspired and empowered.
You have overcome many challenges in your life. How has that shaped you and your career?
Yes, as I shared before I am a sexual abuse survivor and both my parents were alcoholics. I used alcohol to cope through my life. Five years ago I knew that I needed to make some real changes for myself and my family. I admitted to myself and my husband that I had a problem with alcohol and began my healing journey. I am so thankful for this path as it is the first time in my life I have truly found joy and have broken cycles from my trauma. I found help through AA and my spiritual journey. Because of the happiness I had found I knew I wanted to help others to do the same. We are all coping with similar stories in some capacity, so I launched Wake Up with Marci to create a safe place for others to share their stories of triumph and spread hope, along with interviewing specialists to educate us and provide resources so others can set their journey in action. We all deserve to live in joy and my mission is to inspire, empower and help others live their happiest life.
Are you working on any exciting new projects now?
Yes! I have started a series on IGLive discussing per-menopause and menopause. This subject has had little attention yet affects every woman and those around her. I am interviewing specialists that can educate and provide help. The changes in our body are unavoidable and there is little understanding as to why women begin to have mood swings, lash out, avoid intimacy because of pain, foggy brain, hot flashes, sleep disruption and so much more. I want to open the conversation and help women and men to understand what is happening. There is help available and power in education. Menopause can lead to divorce, loss of jobs, increased drinking, lashing out at your loved ones and so much more. We do not have to allow these changes in our bodies to disrupt our lives as there is help. My mission is to spread this education every Monday at 10:30am on IG LIVE with my new series Menopause Monday.
Where do you see yourself and your career going in this new year and in the future?
My intention is to take the show National or even globally as we are all affected by the topics discussed. We are united through our stories.
If you could go back and talk to your younger self what you tell her and why?
I would tell myself that one day you will no longer feel hurt or pain. That you will be able to let your guard down and feel love for yourself first and then others. As a survivor of sexual abuse your view of love becomes distorted and you do not trust others. I am so grateful for my healing journey and now to share with others.
How can our readers connect with you on Social Media?
I am on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube at Wake Up with Marci. While my show is every Saturday I continue my inspiration on social media weekly.
Youtube: Wake Up with Marci