This week’s featured media mogul in the making is the co-host of the Rants and Revelations podcast, Dana Belfleur. Learn more about Dana’s 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?
“Contrary to many of my peers in the industry, I’ve never considered myself creative or expressive. I’ve always thought I was a black and white person– one who thrives off logic as opposed to creativity. Digital media, specifically YouTube and podcasts, piqued my interest because they can be used as educational tools to provide truth and knowledge. I can tell my story in a nontraditional format and connect with my viewers and listeners to encourage them to conquer their own challenges.”
How did you get your start in the media field? Did you study communications in college? Internships? Hobby writing?
“Interestingly enough, in elementary school and high school, I was part of the media team. I served as the student morning news anchor and in high school was also able to produce, write some news pieces and worked the teleprompter. I enjoyed doing that so much, I applied to Florida State University to study broadcast journalism. However, that was my back up plan because my heart was set on Spelman College. Once I got into Spelman, I chose a different major then started my YouTube channel less than a year after graduation.”
Tell us how you built up your platform. What’s your mission/goals? Who’s your audience?
“I now have a podcast called Rants and Revelations with my best friend from highschool, Michelle Benjamin. We decided to work on this project together because it was a fun outlet to share our stories. What started as a passion project, now has a detailed 3 year plan to target Black, millennial women who are in different stages of their lives. Whether single or married, a mother or forever the rich aunt, corporate professional or entrepreneur– we believe we all have a story. More importantly, we know we can achieve our individual goals with a strong support system, even if it is a virtual one (ours is the RandRTribe). Our podcast is called Rants and Revelations because we get to have funny, genuine conversations that allow us to grow, evolve and learn (hence the Rants). And we get to reflect on lessons learned so that we are able to achieve our best selves (hence the Revelations). Our top goal is to encourage our listeners to evolve right along with us.”
So far throughout your career, what has been your proudest personal media moment?
“My proudest media moment, hands down, has been starting Rants and Revelations. Getting it off the ground was hard work and putting ourselves out there was even harder However, the response and support we’ve gotten so far shows me we are doing exactly what we’re called to do: help women learn, laugh and evolve– together. I cannot wait to see where this journey takes us; hopefully, it’s on a screen near you!”
What advice would you give aspiring mediapreneurs looking to enter the field?
“First, you have to figure out exactly what your end goal is. Once you’ve decided that, come up with a game plan on how to accomplish this goal. Put together a list of mentors who’s done it and take tips from their paths. Once you’ve set your mind to it and you’ve created your plan, like Nike, just do it! It is intimidating to come into this field if you feel like you don’t have enough experience or the right pedigree but when you’re walking in your purpose, everything is aligned and it works out. Be committed to your own success, have the self discipline to work hard, and as you grow in your career always thank those who helped you get to where you are and make room to pay it forward for those who are up and coming.”
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