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Media Mogul In The Making: Meet Anthony Barley

Anthony Barley, co-host of Satyourday Radio. Image courtesy of Barley.

From economic student to emerging media mogul, meet this week’s superstar Anthony Barley. Barley is one of the breakout voices on the podcast, Satyourday Radio. Get to know Barley and learn more about Satyourday Radio 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?

“Storytelling – I’ve always been interested in story-driven content. If your story is not known then you’re not trusted. If you’re not trusted you can’t change the culture.”

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

“I’ve had an unorthodox start. I’ve always followed media outlets such as Illroots, Hypebeast, THE BRILLIANCE!, and The Madbury Club. These blogs served as my formative training in the media world. I studied Economics in college. The knowledge I gained helped in understanding behavior and decision-making skills. I apply Economics in my life every day. I’ve had many internships but the most applicable to my journey in the creative industry was interning at Been Trill. I got the opportunity from Matthew Williams, at the time he was keen that I wanted to gain experience. There I worked on some apparel stuff, designs that never saw the light of day lol, and many other moving bits and pieces. With an internship like that, you’ll be able to float and get a feel for every department and have a holistic view of what you’re interested in.”

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

“Satyourday Radio is a podcast. We share stories from creators, artists, and innovators on Saturday mornings. Our guests vary on the spectrum from people that are prolific in their field and people we believe deserve recognition. We’ve recently launched our ‘Vinyl Room Sessions’ which is an intimate performance for artists to freely express themselves and showcase their true talent in a live performance setting. At our core, we’re a podcast but shaping into a bigger picture, a media company. We also DJ as a collective, 2019 we had an ongoing DJ residency at Burger Walla, DJ’d in Japan and London. We plan to carry the momentum and energy around the world! Satyourday Radio hopes to inspire and enlighten people who are in the same field of art, music, and innovation as us.”

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

“My proudest moment so far has been being able to record a podcast with Tom Sachs and film an exclusive studio tour in New York. I personally look up to him and his work — Highly suggest everyone checking it out.”

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

“Stay consistent and persistent! Keep everything you do genuine! Don’t lose sight of why you started in the first place! It’s always your say at the end of the day.”

Connect with Anthony Barley on Instagram and listen to Satyourday Radio podcast!

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Media Mogul In The Making: Meet Maya Harris

Maya Harris
Maya Harris, star of ‘That Moment When’ podcast. Image courtesy of Instagram.

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 been a curious person. Books fed a lot of my curiosity and once Google came around, no one could tell me anything. Storytelling also played a vital role in my upbringing and education. My parents would read me bedtime stories (until I got to the age where I could read to them until they fell asleep), I listened to books on tape, started almost every morning with the voices of NPR coming from my mom’s FM/AM radio, and sat in awe as I listened to the tales my family would tell around the dinner table. 

I want you to think of the last story that you heard. Whether if it was a podcast interview, a documentary, or your grandparents reliving memories of the past. Now think about how hearing those stories made you feel. Inspired? Worried? Calm? 

I wanted to take my curiosity and my love of storytelling and find a way to put them to use to not only express myself but to create the feelings we feel when hearing a story. That’s how I found the world of media and journalism.”

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

In elementary school, I was very involved in storytelling competitions and the debate team, so I knew that my voice carried some kind of power. I just didn’t know how I was going to use that power as an adult so I tried using my voice a few different ways. I tried acting (pretty good), singing (not so good), and going to local town hall meetings to speak out on issues that greatly impacted my fellow peers (like how forcing us to wear uniforms was just not it). However, sitting in my first journalism class as a sophomore in high school, solidified my desire to be a journalist. And once I realized I wasn’t restricted to just writing on paper and could use my physical voice, that’s when I started to think of myself as a broadcast journalist. 

I went on to study broadcast journalism in college with a sports concentration. I just knew I would be an NBA sideline reporter like Cherly Miller or Doris Burke. But college, as it usually does, allowed me to explore other avenues of journalism and even though I graduated with a sports concentration, I was already involved in the arts, entertainment, and lifestyle forms of media. Along with being a color-commentator for my university’s women’s basketball team, I wrote for HerCampus, my university newspaper, and I also co-hosted a music variety show on campus where I interviewed musicians, artists, activists, and entrepreneurs. This then inspired me to create my own platform. “

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

“Maya’s Moment (mayasmoment.com) was the name of a segment I had at my old radio station where I would talk about topics ranging from pop culture, current events, and mental health. My blog is pretty much the same thing but refined to fit my current niche. The blog focuses greatly on mental health, wellness, travel, and social media tips and tools. 

A few months after leaving my radio station, I created the bi-weekly, interview podcast ‘That Moment When with Maya Harris’. While my podcast aims to highlight creatives and entrepreneurs of color, I do drive home a focus around women of color who are killing it in their respective industries.”

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

Every single time I interview someone on my podcast I am blown away by their stories, trials, triumphs, and the desire to make a change. I’ve interviewed a wide range of people from an author talking about publishing their first book to a sex expert who directs porn movies that aim to highlight Black sexuality and romance. I learn a great deal from each of my guests so starting this journey a podcaster has definitely been my proudest personal media moment.” 

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

DO THE DAMN THING! You’re going to regret not starting that blog, podcast, photography business, or whatever it may be. The main reason I started my podcast was to yes, talk about people’s achievements, but more importantly to talk about their low points. On social media, we are literally scrolling through people’s highlight reels which make everything seem all wonderful. Well, life isn’t always wonderful. It gets hard, tiresome, and stressful. That’s why it’s so important to create. Create whatever you’re feeling. Even if it doesn’t turn out the way you want it to or someone says something mean about what you’ve made, that’s okay! You learn just as much, if not more, from your L’s (lessons) in life as your W’s.”

Connect with Maya Harris on Instagram and listen to That Moment When podcast!

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Media Mogul In The Making: Meet Y.Jones

Y.Jones
Image courtesy of Y.Jones. Photo credit belongs to Spontaneous Inc.

“New media and mobile entertainment are revolutionizing the way people learn about the world.”

In our ongoing mission to uplift the freelance media community, we will begin spotlighting the amazing freelance media figures and personalities making a splash in the new age media space.

Our first media mogul spotlight feature of the year is Y.Jones, the creator, and star of video music count down show, Jones Jams.

Jones is setting YouTube ablaze while featuring the biggest underground Hip-Hop stars. Well enough of us speaking on her behalf, get to know Y.Jones in her own words below!

Tell me a bit about yourself and your media journey thus far? How did you get started?

“My name is Y.Jones, I’m a young passionate music fanatic from a small town, New Haven, Connecticut. I started my company in 2015 because I saw there was a need for content development specifically for independent artists.”

The traditional role of a journalist is changing with the rise of digital storytelling platforms such as YouTube and more. How would describe your style of storytelling as a media figure?

My storytelling is simply through my dedication to carving my own way. Forget the mic and 21 traditional questions… ‘where you from? And where can we find your music?’ I want to know, how many times have you failed and what are your struggles. Everyone praises success but forget to talk about the building blocks. My storytelling educates those watching and listening who may idolize the fame but makes you think twice if you have the heart and drive to pursue it.”

You are now approaching episode three of Jones Jams but let’s first touch on the inspiration behind the show?

First and foremost, I’m inspired by music hands down!  But a lot of independent artists that are out here really applying pressure are creating amazing visuals for their music and I felt like it was overlooked and I wanted to create a lane specifically just for that highlighting the artists.”

Who do you work with?

I work with my incredible director Chase amazing and brilliant cinematographer who took my ideas and literally turned them into gold.

How did you come up with the idea?

I used to love 106 & Park and that show was beyond unique it was a big part of my television craze I wanted to bring that energy back.”

What can viewers expect next from Jones Jams?

They can expect a 20/20 view so keep it locked (I can’t give away all my secrets). Do more, say less is how I live.”

What can people expect next from you as a storyteller?

They can expect an Instagram series my team and I are hitting the cities in which these artists are from I’m highlighting on my show a more personal close up.”

How can artists looking to submit their work contact the show?

Artists can contact yjonesjams@gmail.com. Press kits! Press kits! Press kits! I can’t scream that enough. Or submit the music video, contact information, 2-4 professional pictures, and a mini-bio.”

For those interested in working with you, how can you be contacted?

I can be contacted on social media @iamyjones or by simply emailing wheresmyheadphones44@gmail.com.”

Connect with Y.Jones on Instagram and YouTube!

The Independent Entertainment Media Coalition is a 501(c)(7) non-profit organization dedicated to provided financial, educational, and professional resources for freelance media figures. Help in our efforts! To make a donation, please click HERE!