- It is very hard on the road, trying to get a hair appointment or stop by the beauty salon.
Cause there's not too many places you can pull an 18 Wheeler up.
You got to learn how to do what you can yourself.
- Good morning, good morning fam.
It's your girl, Ms. Diva Trucker and I'm coming to you today.
Hello, hello, hello.
Happy Sunday to you.
I'm just coming to you today to give you a little bit of words of motivation.
Ask yourself today.
Are you doing what you are meant to be doing in your life?
Peace, love, joy and happiness.
And y'all have a wonderful and blessed day.
(intro music begins) - All my family members wouldn't have never thought in a million years that I would be driving a truck.
And just to see me out here doing it.
It's like, you know, it's- They proud.
They really proud.
You know, I came to trucking as kind of like last effort to just make some money.
I didn't know what to expect, but once I got my license, I didn't even want to like go home.
It was like, it wasn't nothing at home.
(pop music plays) Now I could go up to 55, I'm crushing my clutch.
Go down to 10 and it'll automatically go up to 13th gear.
Other people may do it differently.
This is how it works for me.
The only time that I get to the high or low gear is when I'm going up and down the hills..
When I first started on YouTube and came out here, people was like, oh my goodness we didn't even realize it was women out here that drove trucks like that.
(engine running) Every day I do, I gotta let them know what I'm doing so I have to now go on duty, fully.
- [Woman] Tamara!
(laughing) (dog barking) - You doing okay?
- I'm doing great.
- Nice to see you, all right.
I'm trying to pay my truck off in December.
But- - How much longer do you got on it?
- Do you- huh?
- How much longer you got?
- I owe 16,000.
That ain't bad.
- You serious?
- Yeah and I'll wait until it get to 12 and I was going to go pay it off.
- But I'm scared of then all my little savings be gone.
- Girl, that's good.
I'll stay back here.
- All right, I'll holler.
It don't matter where I'm at, you know?
I always run into people that I speak to.
They say Miss Diva that I know that they, you know, watch videos or YouTube or things like that.
But as a female, you always gotta try to protect yourself out here.
So I don't try to be too friendly with people.
(slow jazz music) (phone lining ringing) - [Mr. Brock] Hello?
- Good morning, Mr. Brock.
- You mean good night.
- Oh, did I wake you up?
- Baby, I stopped driving three hours ago.
- Oh so I did wake you up.
- Yeah, but I answered the phone for you.
- Aw whatever.
Then well, I'll let you go back to sleep.
Bye-bye - Bye.
- Were you supposed to be oh, security detail.
You suppose to be on security detail.
You all be at the door, watching, making sure ain't nobody coming in here.
I can't be sleeping.
Talk to you all later.
This is a cold industry.
You could die out here and nobody would, some of these drivers don't even have enough money that if they die, they couldn't even afford to get shipped home.
What affected me the most was a female driver found dead in New Orleans in the- in her truck.
Nobody checked on her for like three days and they still don't know what happened to her.
And it's like, that could be me, you know?
I'm out here on this road every, every day.
I travel up and down this road at night, going to truck stops, going to rest areas, and to have a child 23, 24 years old and can't nobody tell you what happened to your daughter, your son, or whatever the case may be.
(windshield wipers) You ready?
After nine years of being married, I'm not going to be married anymore.
That I got to get a divorce.
And I tried everything that I could do.
Everything that I could do.
I did what I was supposed to do.
I felt like I did what I was supposed to do.
I came out here, I worked hard.
I bust my butt.
I'm paying for this truck.
I'm doing everything that I'm supposed to do.
We came from, we came from nothing.
When I tell you that we came from nothing, we came from nothing.
It is what it is, y'all.
It is what it is.
You know what?
No relationship is perfect.
No relationship is this.
No relationship is that, you right.
But I'll be darned if I go through another year, if I go, if you can't speak to me with kindness, if you can't speak to me with love in your heart, if you can't look out for me?
It is what it is.
That's what's going on with me.
That's what I'm dealing with.
So you know, this too will pass.
I just, I have to get, I have to get it out because if you don't get it out, it eats at you.
It eats at you and then you dwell on it.
And it's like, I got stuff to do.
I can't worry about that.
I gotta just get it off my chest and get it out there and just move on and not worry about it.
And continue to focus on what it is I came in this industry to do.
And I've gone too far to give up now.
- Come on.
(crank turning) Sit, sit.
Let's go get up.
Come on, come on.
(giggles) Do I get depressed?
No, because I got y'all.
I can easily turn on the camera and talk to y'all any time I ain't gon' get hit.
Everybody can see me.
I got my mace.
So nobody mess with me, I got my mace.
Got my light up shoes.
(fireworks exploding) Look how pretty.
Let me see if I can get a little closer.