Updated: Jan 5, 2019

Just do the actual work and create your own wave!

As my Grandma would say, “do you and imma do me.” I have never been the one to follow the crowd. I have always been the leader even if it was not popular.

“Follow and create your own wave. Point. Period.”

Right after earning my bachelors degree, I decided that I wanted to go right into getting my masters. I ended up deciding between University of California in Southern California and Columbia University in New York City and I finally decided to head to New York! I went into the Journalism graduate program knowing that I wanted to do entertainment on-air hosting and reporting once I graduated from the program. Long story short, I got some flack from some of the professors, who basically told me that hard news was the only way to go.

Now if you know me, if you tell me that one way is not possible, I am going to do all that I can to make it happen.

Now of course in this process, I also pray and ask for God to guide my steps so that I can make the right decisions for the will and plans that He has for me. But at the end of the day, I am choosing the ride my own wave and put in the work (faith without works is dead.)! Now as stubborn as this may sound, when I look back on it, creating the content that I was really passionate about ultimately became the material that impressed employers who I soon worked for at Viacom International, Noire TV, and many other networks and media companies.

During graduate school I did however cover hard news stories (around drugs, sex trafficking and many others), I also went above and beyond to create content that I was really excited to do. Which was lifestyle (beauty, fashion, and travel), tech, and pop culture. When I discovered what other people’s intentions were for me, I got right to work. I used the money in my back account to Geta ring light, back drops and used the camera and mic that I already had and built a studio in my one bedroom in the building that I was living in. Having this mindset and agenda kept me focused while continuing my graduate program.

This is when being intentional about the work that I wanted to actually wanted to do, which was to produce digital bite-size and long form engaging content.

Establish who you are…

“No really, who are you? Really?”

People always ask me, so who are you dating and My answer for the most part is, “I’m dating myself.” I am a true believer that in order to love someone else, you must first love yourself. I am an extrovert and enjoy and get a high off of being around other people, but I also know the power and quality that comes with spending time with myself. And that is exactly what I did during my time in New York. I spent a lot of time in my on bed room. In the midst of creating videos, I also challenged myself to answer questions like: what skills are you good at? What work do you want to do exactly? What motivates you?

Just start