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The Pittsfield mother-daughter duo behind the TikTok account @realmomtalks go viral with their #mommyroasts videos

10-year-old Imari Semaj and her mom Brett Westbrook of Pittsfield have over 273,000 followers and millions of views

Imari Semaj and Brett Westbrook look at phone and smile

The mother-daughter duo's popular TikTok account, @RealMomTalks, has over 273,000 followers, a steady audience for their stream of #mommyroasts content.

PITTSFIELD — “When I say it’s time to go, it’s time to go.”

With a finger wag, and eyebrows furled, 10-year-old Imari Semaj Westbrook delivers her line just one beat short of an impatient foot tap. It’s less of a line and more of an observation — she’s imitating her mother, Brett Westbrook, who is filming the clip on her phone.

brett westbrook filming daughter imari on phone

Imari Semaj, 10, attends Stearns Elementary School in Pittsfield and dreams of being an actress or model one day.

Today, they’re at Clapp Park. The mother and daughter team shoot standups and little clips at various parts of the playground there. In one, Imari gleefully says in her best mom voice, “Don’t climb up the slide, go down the slide!” In another: “Don’t touch that squirrel!” In shooting the TikToks, the roles of Imari and Westbrook are reversed. In one clip, Westbrook sits on a swing and says “can you push me?” Imari responds with, “You better pump those legs!”

These videos will fuel their popular TikTok account, @realmomtalks, where Imari and Westbrook have over 273,000 followers, a steady audience for their stream of #mommyroasts content.

It’s all in good fun; both of them struggle to stop grinning during the process. Westbrook said that the first time it happened — almost spontaneously at the Target in Lanesborough — she was laughing so hard she could barely film it.

In a way, it’s like seeing herself in a mirror. A humbling one, but honest and humorous.

Brett Westbrook and Imari Semaj filming tiktok

Imari Semaj, 10, and her mom Brett Westbrook have gained a large audience on their @realMomTalks TikTok, where Imari impersonates the relatable mannerisms of her mother.

“When you read through the [TikTok] comments and people are like, ‘Oh this is free therapy, I really needed a laugh today’ — with those kinds of things, we were like, alright, let’s keep going and just spread joy to people the best way we know how,” Westbrook said.

The approach seems to have resonated with the app’s users. Their most viral clip has over 11.7 million views. They’ve posted several videos that have broken a million views, and have sponsorship deals with online vendors like Instacart, FreePrints and even Netflix.

“We’ve been really blessed,” Westbrook said.

The team’s output is prolific, and their approach is purely natural. Westbrook said she asks Imari if she wants to make content, and if the answer is yes, they do it. Simple as that. They don’t plan things out, they don’t linger on the particulars and they capture most of what they need in one take. The video they shot at Clapp Park was posted within an hour of filming.

Imari goes to Stearns Elementary School, and is well-known for her content by teachers and fellow students. She has dreams to be an actress or a model one day. She’s already gotten a running start — not just with the TikToks, but also with the Stearns Elementary talent show, where she performed the song “All I Want” from “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” Besides the regular content with her mom, Imari also posts videos of herself dancing and singing.

family filming tiktok on playground swings

Imari Semaj, 10, and her mom Brett Westbrook sometimes get a hand filming their funny TikToks from Westbrook’s fiancé, Jeremy Random.

When asked if she was nervous before the talent show, she responded curtly with a “no.” She’s performed at the show five years in a row already. When it comes to being the center of attention, she doesn’t have many qualms.

Jeremy Random, Imari’s father, fills in with camera duties as needed. He’s the soft-spoken man behind the scenes, reticent to “toot his own horn” as a frequent editor for the videos. Between Random having to keep up with Imari and his fiancée, her “momager,” the fun never stops.

“It’s like a nonstop show,” Random said. “Never a dull moment.”

While the family team seems to have caught viral lightning in a bottle, Imari offered some advice to kids who might be looking to do the same thing.

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“If you want to start, you should probably pay attention to some of the things your mom says, I guess,” Imari said with a smile.

Brett Westbrook and Imari Semaj

“We’ve been really blessed,” Westbrook said of all the attention and sponsorships they've garnered from their TikTok presence. 

For Westbrook, the videos have been a way to showcase the mother-daughter dynamic in a lighthearted way. Personally, she’s gotten to see her daughter blossom on camera.

“I think she’s kind of really coming into herself a little bit more in the videos and just showcasing her personality more, which has been really cool to watch.” Westbrook said.

Westbrook said the biggest takeaway was that the videos were a great way to “normalize normal parenting.” She wanted people to see the relationship between her and Imari and take lessons for it in their own life.

Among the biggest lessons: Don’t take yourself too seriously.

brett westbrook filming imari semaj sitting on playground bench

Some of Imari Semaj and her mom Brett Westbrook's TikTok videos have millions of views. 

“We’re not perfect,” Westbrook said. “We don’t always do the right things, we get on our kids’ nerves — but they hear us, and they’re listening, and we’re trying our best. It’s OK to make fun of yourself.”

Brett Westbrook and Imari Semaj

Brett Westbrook wants to inspire other parents to find the humor in life. “We don’t always do the right things, we get on our kids' nerves — but they hear us, and they’re listening, and we’re trying our best. It’s OK to make fun of yourself.”

Matt Martinez can be reached at mmartinez@berkshireeagle.com.

News Reporter

Matt Martinez is a news reporter at The Berkshire Eagle. He worked at Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, graduated Marquette University. He is a former Report for America corps member.

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