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!”
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