In the development stages of your career as a correspondent, who were some of the people that inspired you to take your vision to the next level? What were some of the pieces that you grabbed from their process?
Oprah, Wendy Williams, Karen Civil, and xoNecole. Those are some of the people who I admired while I was growing up. Oprah represents class and sophistication. Karen and xoNecole both have intriguing stories in their rise to the top, and they also market themselves well as women in the entertainment field. With Wendy, I just love how raw and honest she is. She doesn't hold back at all.
Being that you were already conducting interviews, what made you say, okay, now it's time to turn this into a full-fledged business outside of the internship realm?
After I realized what I was doing within the internship that I had at the time, I felt as if I could be putting this time and effort into my own business. I wasn't too excited with the results that I received from my internship. I knew that I had more to give from a creative viewpoint, so once I completed my internship, I decided to go full-force with my brand and make it as big as it could be. With my brand, I was ready to build it from the start.
What is balance to you?
As far as balance goes, honestly, I do my business at night. I find myself working better at night and I'm more creative too. Literally, from 12 am to 5 am, I'm up working. Then when I wake up, I'm trying to find people to interview, and I'm also figuring out new ways to market and brand myself. I've been reading a lot as well. Reading more and also eating well helps me to stay on top of my game.
How has social media changed the media landscape?
With social media, people are now able to get their voices out there more and people are able to get discovered faster. Social media makes it harder for people who are actually making an impact to get noticed because of some of the other activity that we see on social media. If people paid more attention to the positive aspects of social media, then we would be a little bit further.
Talk about your new podcast titled, "Celebrate Hearing No."
I have a new podcast out called, "Celebrate Hearing No." The concept behind the podcast is, people should celebrate hearing no because one day, that no is going to turn into a yes. Those same people that told you no so many times will actually start to reach out to you in due time. You don't have to keep reaching out because once they see you doing your thing, they're going to flock to you. With the podcast, your going to hear people giving advice from people who have been told no as well. It's just an all-inclusive outlet dedicated to empowerment, motivation, and positivity.