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.

To hear the latest episode of Oye Mi Gente! subscribe on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, TuneIn or Google Podcasts. To purchase Viv’s work including wall art, home decor and more click here.

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Media Mogul In The Making: Meet Kiara ‘Kierra Leone’ Wilson

Media mogul in the making, Kiara ‘Kierra Leone’ Wilson. Photo provided by Kierra Leone.

This week’s featured media mogul in the making is a podcast curator and creative director extraordinaire, Kiara ‘Kierra Leone’ Wilson. Wilson is the co-host of the podcast You Go Gurl and our very own director of sponsorships. Get to know Kierra 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?

Once upon a time I wanted to be a psychologist/therapist. That dream manifested into me wanting to speak and aid my community on a mass scale. I went on to take up broadcasting and mass comm at the State University Of NY at Oswego. 

The possibility of telling the stories  and shifting the lives of a mass of people is what has always made me appreciate media and journalism.” 

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

“My current platform You Go Gurl Podcast mission is to understand and help tell the stories of inspiring and successful creative black women.”

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

“My proudest media moment is everyday I don’t give up.” 

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

“Always bet on yourself, just never by yourself. Dive head first into your passions with no expectations. Enjoy the ride.”

Support Kierra Leone by streaming or downloading the You Go Gurl podcast by clicking HERE or following the podcast on Twitter and Instagram.

Connect with Kierra Leone across social including on Instagram and Twitter.

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Media Mogul In The Making: Meet Jonathan Ramsey

Media mogul in the making, Jonathan Ramsey. Photo by Anthony Steverson.

This week’s featured media mogul in the making is the founder and editor-in-chief of budding music and entertainment site, What’s The Movement, co-host of the podcast A Side B Side, and our very own director of programming, Jonathan Ramsey. Get to know Jonathan and his 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?

“In high school, we had a television station where we produced a news show for our morning announcements. Between being in front of the camera or in the control room I got my feet wet early with media. I was even running our media ministry at my church at that time. When I got out of high school, I originally contemplated public office, but I also didn’t like the idea of politics versus the actual governing. I figured I’d get my bachelor’s degree in Journalism rather than pre-law because if I was still passionate, I could go to law school post-graduation. My parents wanted me to be the black Anderson Cooper and I went the music route instead.”

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

“I attribute my real media start at William Paterson University working at our on-campus radio station WPSC 88.7 FM. During my tenure, Brave New Radio was one of the best college stations in the country and won many IBS awards in addition to an MTV Woodie nomination in 2014. At that time I was DJ-ing, producing and hosting my own show, interning at a few platforms like Vibe magazine covering entertainment, and the Star Ledger covering local stories and policy. I was also writing on my own Tumblr blog now a multimedia brand, WhatsTheMovement.net (WTM). I’d even begin hosting live events and shows. I graduated from Willy P with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Music Management.”

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

“WTM began on Tumblr where I’d write about mainstream music and whatever I found digging around on SoundCloud during the blog era. I was always passionate about music and played a few instruments in orchestra and marching band. Post high school I’d even study music theory so I knew it’d always be in my life. As I was building a name for myself, I found a lot of local acts would reach out for coverage on my radio show which at the time wasn’t geared towards Hip-Hop and R&B. I got to work on transitioning WTM the blog, to a radio format where we’d talk about mainstream music as well as play music and interview the talented artists local to New Jersey.

Fast forward to today, it’s grown and in addition to the editorial, we host live shows, concerts, a branded podcast, A Side B Side and have a few other programs and web series in pre-production. Our mission today is the same as then, provide an outlet to artists, musicians, and anything moving in New Jersey. Our name asks and answers the question: What’s The Movement? Our audience is eclectic music listeners that want to find the diamond in the rough. People who enjoy talent over popularity in such a saturated market.”

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

“My proudest moment would have to be landing my first big name interview with the late Mac Miller on my radio show. It was only a phone interview but it meant a lot for a younger Ramsey. It was confirmation that I was definitely living in my purpose and blessed that it aligned with my passion. If I had to pick a number two it’s the moment I get to come to the mic and say thank you to the people who have supported our concerts. It’s a lot of work that goes into curating and producing events. The end result is always worth celebrating.”

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

“Learn to become a one-man (woman) band. If you want to stay hired, companies want someone that can do it all. Be open to doing off-beat stories or things your aren’t accustomed to. Everything you want is on the other side of the fear of the unknown. Practice being in front and behind a camera. Learn how to shoot video and high-quality photos. Learn how to edit audio and video. It’s nice to work with a team but oftentimes this journey is lonely.

I hate to sound cliché but good relationships are essential. It really is who you know. Get out from behind that keyboard and phone, and go exist in real life. Network on and offline. Meet artists, fellow media folks, and have fun while you’re doing it. Otherwise, this becomes hard work instead of passion. Listen to all genres of music leisurely in addition for criticism. Lastly, sometimes doors don’t open. Nothing worth having is easy to get to. When you hear the word, ‘no’, but you know you have all the tools, what is your resolve? If you’re not invited to the table don’t be too afraid to build and set your own table. For me, eating a meal on my own has been more fulfilling than at the ‘big’ tables I’ve got to eat crumbs from.”

Support Jonathan Ramsey by visiting What’s The Movement‘s official website whatsthemovement.net and following the site’s official social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Connect with Jonathan Ramsey across social including 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!