Media Mogul In The Making: Meet Viv Moran

Media mogul in the making, Viv Moran. Photographed by Uniq.

This week’s featured media mogul in the making is multimedia artist, activist, visual artist, and host of the Oye Mi Gente! podcast, Viv Moran. Get to know Viv and her professional 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? 

“It’s funny that you ask that, a lot of what I did before somehow revolves around story telling. A lot of the portraits I painted of celebrities and the abstract ones of myself all have stories to tell. Even the make overs, something about making women look beautiful and allowing the make-up to tell their own stories. I’m also an avid reader so I really love a good story. Plus, my mom has a background in journalism, before she migrated to the US from Peru, that’s what she went to school for. I feel like that same passion for story telling was passed down to me like it’s hereditary or something.” 

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

“I’m a writer at heart! Poems, personal essays, shorty stories, you name it! When I was 19, I was able to land an internship with the upcoming online radio station named Urban Latino Radio. There use to be a magazine by the same name that started in 1994. I wanted to be the next Angie Martinez/Lisa Rivers. I was learning about hosting and organizing. I handled the online playlist and request when the DJ’s went live. I’ve worked with DJ Jinx Paul (RIP Jinxy), DJ Rob Lo, DJ Camilo, etc. It was truly inspiring for me and set things in place. I think somehow this was always going to be my destiny. I’m always able to find stories behind everything!”

Tell us how you built up your platform. What’s your mission/goals? Who’s your audience?

“Well, this was always something I wanted to. I did a lot of soul searching and questioned a lot about my identity. For years, I’ve always felt alone and in limbo with my identity. There’s no real representation for people who look like me, immigrants who look like me or share the same experience. I’m both Black and indigenous, and both identities hold so much power and history. I wanted to do some for them. I know there’s so many people out there who feel them and I don’t want them to continue to feel alone. My goal for this podcast is to continue to give voice to the voiceless and serve as representation for them. My audience is everyone that looks likes me, that identifies with the issues I talk about, and for everyone else that’s also BIPOC that has ever felt misrepresented by the media and their community.” 

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

“I’m proud of every single episode and every single season I continue this podcast journey. I say that because, due to my Bipolar [disorder diagnosis], I go through a lot of imposter syndrome. Which means that, I second guess myself a lot and at times I don’t feel confident in myself that I should be doing this. I only have a high school diploma, what nerve do I have to start this podcast and talk about that things I talk about? So I question myself a lot. I’m just really proud of myself and the courage I have to keep going.” 

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

“I say, just do it like NIKE! Just make sure you stay organized and consistent. The sound doesn’t even have to perfect the first time, those things come after. You have a podcast idea?? Launch it! You have a story to tell? Just say it! Your ideas and stories matter and you never know who you’re going to inspire. The streets stay watching so you never know who is going to notice the effort you’re putting in. Believe in yourself and your gifts always!”

Stay connected with Viv Moran by following her on Instagram. Follow Oye Mi Gente!’s official Instagram page, HERE.

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Media Mogul In The Making: Meet Alexandra Wray

Media mogul in the making, Alexandra Wray. Photo provided by Alexandra Wray.

This week’s featured media mogul in the making is sports host, writer, content creator, Alexandra Wray. When she’s not appearing in video content for the Scottsdale Titans or Goodyear Ballpark, you can find her written work on Z’s Sports Corner Blog and Sports As Told By A Girl. Get to know Alexandra and her professional 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?

“What piqued my interest in the journalism field was the ability to create content on topics that I am passionate about. When I was in middle school, I knew that I wanted to excel working in sports. I initially thought that what I wanted to do was be a reporter. However, as I went through college and started developing my writing and graphic design skills, I found that I enjoy all styles of media that are correlated with sports. My hope is that when people read or watch my content, they are as passionate and energized as I was when I was creating the content. My hope is that they are able to feel my energy through my work.” 

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

“While pursuing my bachelors degree in Professional & Technical Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I worked for multiple sports teams. My first job was an Ice Promotions Team Member with the Milwaukee Admirals Hockey Club, an American Hockey League team, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I worked with the Milwaukee Admirals throughout my entire collegiate career at UWM. While I was in my final two years at UWM,  I was blessed to receive an internship opportunity with the Northwoods League Lakeshore Chinooks Baseball team. I was a member of their webcast crew who was in charge of all the home game live broadcasts. This was a huge first step into my career in sports media/journalism. With a total of  about 36 home games, I was able to learn multiple positions like director, camera operator and webcast/graphics operator. With all the resources available to me, I was able to start creating content and practice on-camera features for my personal demo reel. After graduating in the summer of 2016, I moved to Arizona where I started my sports blog, ‘Z’s Sports Corner’. I started writing articles basically on anything I thought was a highlight of the week or on certain teams that I was most familiar with. I then progressed into wanting to work on being in front of the camera, so I began recording and editing my own recap videos and features on news happening in sports. Recently, I have developed my skills to conduct interviews with local athletes in the Phoenix area.”   

Tell us how you built up your platform. What’s your mission/goals? Who’s your audience?

“I will admit,  when I first began my career in sports,  I had little to no network, and struggled to build relationships and ask for opportunities due to my fear of being told no. However, once I moved to Arizona, I started to open up and realize that without creating a personal network of  like minded individuals I admire, it will be an incredibly lonely and hard path to grow in the sports industry. My first opportunity to grow my network in the sports field was in early 2017 , when I was hired as a Camera Operator at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear Arizona, during Spring Training for the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians. I was given the opportunity to take over the In-Game Host position half way through the season. This gave me the chance to finally get in front of the camera and gain those live shot skills in front of thousands of people. When the season ended,  I was presented the opportunity  to work all special events at the Ballpark throughout the year as their emcee. Through this I was able to build relationships with the City of Goodyear Mayor and Council as well as became more confident in public speaking.  

My network expanded greatly in the summer of 2019,  when I attended the GALvanize Bootcamp . GALvanize Bootcamp was founded and operated by FOX Sports Broadcaster, Laura Okmin. With a total of twenty girls, we spent two days together learning from each other and growing as sports reporters. Through this bootcamp, I was able to grow my network of powerful women in sports . I still stay connected with all the women I met in 2019 and this year,  I had the opportunity to meet other women who have completed GALvanize boot camps in other parts of the country and have made lasting relationships with them as well. GALvanize isn’t just a boot camp, it is more like a sisterhood, where all participants are rooting for you and congratulating you on all of your accomplishments. I feel very blessed to have found such a group and I am glad that I have stayed connected with all of them even after so much time has passed.

 My goal is to be part of a sports network or organization where I am able to make content both on and off camera. While working at a local news station I would have the opportunity to report multiple sporting events throughout the year, but with a sports organization, I would be able to build strong relationships with people throughout the team. This would allow me to share more meaningful stories on “Who” the athletes are and expand on their passions as they pursue their dreams. 

I believe that my audience consists of individuals who love sports and who understand the lingo. I also create content for the people who don’t know much about sports, but by reading my articles or watching my content, they will begin to understand and enjoy my passion for it.” 

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

“I would have to say that I felt most proud when Bria Hartley, a WNBA player for the Phoenix Mercury, liked and retweeted my article. I am a writer for ‘Sports As Told By A Girl’ and if you’re not already following them on social media, you should be. ‘Sports as Told By a Girl’, founded by Ashleigh Binder, is a sports blog written and published by women.  I wrote  an article called, “Being a Full-Time Mom and Athlete in the WNBA Wubble”, which featured rockstar moms who are not only taking care of their little ones 24 hours a day, but they are also playing in Florida for the WNBA season. When I shared the article on my twitter page, I tagged some of the women I featured in the article. One of these women, Bria Hartley, liked and retweeted my article. This was a huge boost in confidence for me because I knew that she not only read it, but she liked it enough to share it to show her followers for them to read and share as well.”

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

“This field can be challenging when you try to follow one path to accomplish your goals. I have learned and am still learning throughout my journey, that the path is not always a straight shot to reach your goals. My advice would be to start now in creating your own path and content. People are watching you and they will start to follow and listen to you if you show them what you are passionate about. I am also a huge advocate on taking opportunities whether they scare you or not. I know I wouldn’t have gotten where I am today if I had said no because I didn’t have experience in the position. Another piece of advice is to try to find a network or mentors that build you up and that want the best for you. Having individuals to support you each step of the way in your career makes the journey worth it.” 

Stay connected with Alexandra Wray by following her on Instagram and Twitter.

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Media Mogul In The Making: Meet Amy Lothian

Media mogul in the making, Amy Lothian. Photo provided by Amy Lothian.

This week’s featured media mogul in the making is rising editor, host and writer, Amy Lothian. Lothian’s latest interview with recording artist and reality TV star AZIA for We Are Jersey Magazine is the curator’s best work yet! Get to know Amy and her professional 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 been interested in journalism since I was young. My dad loved to read and that’s something he passed down to me: a love for reading, writing, and literature. I have been writing my whole life but my passion for journalism was inspired by a desire to tell unique stories and share other peoples stories in a meaningful way and in my own style.”

How did you get your start in the media field? Did you study communications in college? Internships? Hobby writing?
“Writing was at first just a hobby and outlet for me as child. I first got interested in Media by watching early 2000s talk and news shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show. Later, seeing women like Lala and Tyra Banks making waves in reality tv showed me the potential for black women in media and inspired me to pursue a career in journalism. Throughout my schooling, I kept my skills sharp by taking any writing course I was eligible for and entering several writing competitions. In college I majored in Communications at East Stroudsburg University and also served as Editor of the University’s newspaper, The Stroud Courier for 2 years.” 

Tell us how you built up your platform. What’s your mission/goals? Who’s your audience?
“I hardly consider myself to have a platform, but I’ve built a solid foundation for myself as a writer by consistently building my resume. Most of my writing opportunities have come from putting myself out there and just taking a risk in promoting myself. My goal is to tell authentic stories and show the human elements of people in ways that inspire those that read them. I’ve always been interested in entertainment media and most of my writing now is in line with that, features of events, people, businesses, and projects, but with a personal touch. My audience is people who like to read and learn about those making waves around them.”

So far throughout your career, what has been your proudest personal media moment?
“My biggest personal media moment has been he opportunity to write for WeAreJersey magazine and this feature! I’m honored to be recognized for doing what I’m passionate about as I grow as a writer and a professional in the entertainment field.”

What advice would you give aspiring mediapreneurs looking to enter the field?
“Everyone says this but you really just have to believe in yourself. Keep your mind open new to opportunities and be flexible with your career path. Things may not always go to your plan but it doesn’t mean they won’t work out. Always work hard, network, and give 100% to everything you do.”

To purchase the latest copy of We Are Jersey Magazine featuring Amy’s interview with recording artist AZIA, click HERE. Stay connected with Amy Lothian by following her on Instagram and Twitter.

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!