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She’s A Boss: NYC Media Maven, Kela Walker

Our weekly “She’s A Boss” series is all about women in leadership positions. We feel that women are not celebrated enough for their amazing and one-of-a-kind accomplishments so we’re using our website to do just that.

I love speaking with every single one of our female bosses, but this week’s interview was extremely special. Meet Kela Walker (pronounced Kayla), a television host and producer residing in New York City. This interview was so special to me because I stalked Kela for months (not literally, digitally) because I was so inspired by her career. I first found out about her through a series with Madame Noire that she hosted called “Ask a Black Man.” From there, I watched other shows that she hosted and I would even show people her website and tell them, “my goal is to be like her…that’s what I’m trying to do with my career.” To have the opportunity to speak with her verbally and ask her questions about how she got her start in the media business was like a dream come true.

Check out excerpts and a full audio version of our chat below.

How she keeps it all together:

“It’s really about keeping organized, which I’m sometimes really good at but most times I am not. I am a night owl so I stay up really late, which is as and when I get to do the most work on my blog throughout the night. It’s one of those things where you have to sacrifice and compromise time and energy or sleep, if you will, because it’s like ‘Well this is my blog, this is my baby, this is what I wanna do’.”

Her advice on pursuing your dreams:

“The number one piece of advice I always try to give people is to just do it. That’s a piece of advice I have to adhere to myself in the sense of if you want to be a writer, write. If you want to work in media, start somewhere – start creating your own media if you can’t find someone to let you do their media – if that makes any sense. If you wanna blog, blog. I was telling my friend the other day, I don’t understand people who are aspiring bloggers. Girl, just blog.”

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