We had the good fortune of connecting with Nakia Richardson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nakia, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The Most important factor behind my success has been my faith, the support from family and the help from my peers and friends. As talented as I am , I would not be where I am today if it was not for the help from my friends and peers. I knew what I wanted to do but I had no idea how I was going to access that or even start my career. My peers became the most important resources to me ! I was introduced to new people, I was recommend for internships and jobs, my name was bought up in different rooms, I got the references of my dreams and I credit my success to the helping hand of the people who cared about me and wanted to see me succeed ! For that, I am forever grateful and I never take that for granted !
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an Entertainment Journalist, On Air Host and TV producer.
Its funny because if you asked 10 year old Nakia…. even 25 year old Nakia I had no idea that would be my title. When I was a kid I knew I wanted to be an actress and in front of the camera. I was going to be an actress and Radio Host. As time went on I became more open minded about my career and learned that I could do it all!
The journey was not easy at all! LOL… the struggle was real but as I look back and reflect I sit back and laugh and I think about
how grateful I am for even the hard times. That pushed me to hustle harder and get everything that I want in this life
I learned that everything will work out! Things will get stressful and you will get lost but when you put the hard work in, God / higher power will reward you. I also learned about patience ! Learning that everything happens for a reason and all of the rejections and no’s that I received ( and I received a lot LOL) were all for my protection !
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am the Brunch queen LOL ! I love everything Brunch ! I also love when my friends come to visit me in LA because I want to take them everywhere ! It would be Malibu wine safari and then brunch at Malibu Farm! We would then nap ( listen when you are in your 30s, naps become very important lol ) Wake up and find the next happy hour at a roof top ! Throwing in some museums, and any place with wine !
As the great Lady Gaga once said “No sleep, bus, club, another club, another club, another club, plane, next place, no sleep ,”
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Yes ! There were so many great people who have helped me along the way so if I miss anyone, I apologize , but know I am grateful for you all!
from my mom and great grandmother who supported and pushed me after I told them I wanted to work in entertainment.
they helped me accomplish so many dreams when I was a kid I am grateful for them
My dad who would bring me to his radio show while he would record and introducing me to the staff and thats how I scored my radio internship
My Aunt Carmen who worked at ASCAP and help me secure my first big girl job right after school, working at ASCAP and making connections with amazing people
In college my good friend Carlene who agreed to do a radio show with me and putting me in her first film !
My friend Zenova who listened to me vent about not being able to find a job after college graduation and introducing me to her mentor who later would become my mentor/ big sister
Special thank you to Zenova for always pushing me and helping me see my greatness when I could not see it! Thank you for all the countless introductions and gigs !!
My mentor Shekila for taking me under your wing at BET and introducing me to the business while teaching me countless gems. Thank you for helping me spread my wings and just for being there for me when I needed it !
My Peers and colleagues at BET who allowed this young girl to literally work in every single department lol and I mean every single one !! Thank you all for everything that you ever taught me, I am forever grateful to the BET family !
My Good friend Marc that introduced me to his fiends Chazeen and Guerdley who allowed me to be apart of there amazing network! Thank you Chazeen for getting me to do my first red carpet ever !!
My amazing Friend Alexis who pushed me when I wanted to give up! I fell on hard times and I had no idea what I was going to do. Thank you for your love, guidance and being an amazing friend when I was lost
Shekila for pushing me out of my comfort zone and calling me to come to LA. You knew I always wanted to move and work LA but i was so afraid. Thank you for helping me concur my fears and the continued help when I got to LA
My entire family for pushing my ass to get on that plane to LA! I had no money and as my nana used to say ( not a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of ) Thank you for coming together and getting me to LA
Maria Menounos & Keven Undergaro for creating your network Afterbuzz tv! At afterbuzz I was able to brush up on my hosting skills, I became a better host, journalist, writer and VO actor because of ABTV & Black Hollywood Live. Thank you for your guidance and taking me under your wing and the help I received from you two !
Derrial Christon! Thank you for becoming my mentor at Black Hollywood live and speaking my name in rooms when I was not there! Thank you for all of the amazing opportunities
Raquel! Whew girl! Thank you for literally everything! Speaking my name in rooms, recommending for gigs and jobs, being a constant support system! Thank you for helping me make the connections in LA that has helped me get to where i am Today!
Drew Thank you for just being you! Thank you for speaking my name in rooms and recommending me for hosting jobs! Thank you for the constant push and being the Kara to my Mary Jane ! I cant thank you enough for the amazing support and love you have given me
Lynneisha, Howard & Candy : thank you guys for speaking my name in rooms, recommending me for gigs, introducing me to the right people and just always helping !
Wayne Thank you for believing in me and giving me a chance! Thank you for all of my gigs and trusting me to be apart of your amazing network!
Monique and Tk and Josh! Monique thank you for approaching me to be apart of the podcast and trusting me with your vision! Thank you guys for being the best damn people to pod with !
Tishani (nan) – thank you for just everything! You’re one of the most helpful people that I’ve ever met! Thank you for thinking of me, referring me for gigs and pushing me out of my comfort zone
To every EP/ show runner , producer , AP and PA that I ever worked with and under , thank you for the guidance and the amazing lessons that I learned along the way !!
My aunt Clarine for pushing me to be greater ! You always encouraged to go for my dreams and accomplish my goals! I love you forever
To everyone that ever uplifted me , reposted my videos , showed me love , gave me shoutouts .. you have no idea I grateful I am to you all! Your continued support is what drives me and has made me the woman I am today
To every outlet that allowed me to interview and work with you, to every production company and production team I have worked with! I worked with so many amazing people ( its too many to name) Thank you thank you thank you for allowing me to spread my wings!
I am forever grateful to these people and more ( if i missed you I am sorry , but know I love you) . I owe my success to you all! if it wasn’t for you pushing, guiding and simply holding out a hand to help… i would not be where I am today!
I love you… I thank you all !!
all personal photos taken off my phone One photo : Credit: Shante’ “Tae” Nichol