Media Mogul In The Making: Meet Aaliyah Rainey

AD Rainey by Jay Simone
Co-host of the podcast, The Stop at Central & Halsey, Aaliyah ‘A.D’ Rainey. Photo captured by Jay Simone

This week’s featured media mogul is co-host of the podcast The Stop at Central & Halsey, Aaliyah ‘A.D’ Rainey. Learn more about A.D’s creative journey below.

You are a multi-talented individual dipping and dapping in a bunch of other expressive fields. So, what was it about journalism or media that piqued your interest?

“I’ve always love media. Naturally, I think I’m a very creative person and I jump at the opportunity to be involved in cool, creative things.”

How did you get your start in the media field? Did you study communications in college? Internships? Hobby writing?

“I am a graduate of Howard University and I studied TV production. When I graduated, I applied and got into many MFA programs because I thought I wanted to be the next Shonda Rimes but then l realized that getting an MFA and moving to LA was expensive so I worked a 9-5 that allowed me to have time when I wasn’t working to explore my creative sides.”

Tell us about your platform. What’s your mission/goals? Who’s your audience?

“Currently, I’m the host of two podcasts, The Stop at Central and Halsey with my good and long time sister/friend, Taya, and the other one is still in development with a current B School classmate.”

So far throughout your career, what has been your proudest personal media moment?

“I think starting and maintaining my first and former podcast 3P’s in a Pod was my proudest. It’s great to have an idea, plan it out, and make it a reality.”

What advice would you give aspiring mediapreneurs looking to enter the field?

“You are your biggest advocate. No one knows you better than you. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine throughout your work. And don’t be afraid to be different…even if it’s scary.”

Connect with A.D Rainey¬†on Instagram to keep up with her! Be sure to follow The Stop at Central & Halsey on Instagram and click HERE to check out the podcast’s latest episode.

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