We had the good fortune of connecting with Seanti “Seantini” Thompson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Seanti “Seantini”, how do you think about risk?
I’m a thrill seeker, so taking risks excites me. My entire journey has been full of risks. Betting on myself has been the best risk I. have ever taken. I believe when taking risks people often get too caught up in the what ifs and it prevents them from being exposed to opportunities beyond their dreams. Leaving the east coast to pursue my dreams was a risk I’ll never regret.

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.
Growing up I always knew I wanted to earn a living doing something I was passionate about and could have fun with. I just turned 26 and I can say younger me would be proud of how it’s going. I am a full-time Content Creator/Host and part-time Radio Personality. I create Tik-Toks for a cool Company named Swagtron, and also interview it’s influencers. I also am on-air for PlayFM & Boss90sNow. I’m very excited for my Swagtron interview with Dame Dash to drop! Interviewing a Hip-Hop legend was a full circle moment for me. Music has always been a huge part of my life.

I was born in Buffalo, New York and relocated to Charlotte, NC when I was younger. When I was in high school I used to be on the morning announcements, which striked my interest to attend North Carolina A&T State University and study Broadcast Production. Going to an HBCU allowed me to network with other like minded individuals that share my culture. It was an experience I am grateful to have had, if you we able to go to GHOE (Greatest Homecoming On Earth) prior to the pandemic you know the energy was unmatched. While in school I got the idea to start up my own youtube segment that I called Tini Talk covering local events and interviewing business owners and upcoming local artists. I had a blast with it. However, while in my last year of college I decided to move back to Charlotte after going through a lot of mental stress and anxiety and take classes online. Being on campus felt overwhelming for me.

After a few months of being in Charlotte the opportunity presented itself for me to move to Denver, Colorado. I knew no one in Denver, didn’t know what was out there and felt that I had nothing to lose. When I moved there my focus was on working towards being on the radio. I have always been tapped in to the latest music and have been raised on oldies and throwbacks. I reached out to a former radio station in Denver and asked if they had any availability and that was my start. I began working as a Promotions Assistant then was asked to do On-Air. At the same time I began to host nightclubs in Denver. I feel like between working in radio and hosting at the clubs I was able to meet and network with a lot of people. Within my 3 years there I went from not knowing a soul to being heard by people all over the city and streaming across the country. It felt good like I had accomplished something big, but I always felt like “you did good, but what’s next?”

I began to feel stuck where I was, and knew the routine of being in the clubs almost every night and stressed all the time just wasn’t a life I wanted to keep living. When the pandemic hit, although it’s caused chaos, quarantine was one of the best things to happen to me. Staying at home, having to focus on myself, having to keep myself busy. I went vegan, I put myself on a strict savings plan, I was working out virtually with my girls from college. It was a good time for me, during that time I realigned my thoughts and made my decision to move to Los Angeles. I knew that I wanted to add more on-camera work to my resume.

Come the summer of 2020 I packed up my car and hit the road with my boyfriend and a friend. We road-tripped all the way from Denver to Los Angeles. When heading to Los Angeles I knew I had no choice but to make it work and go get it. I was faced with a lot of challenges when I first arrived to Los Angeles from finding a new place to finding work in the middle of a PANDEMIC! What a great time to decide to move to better my career. It was a rough start but having my boyfriend alongside helped me overcome a lot of the hardships. I knew that what was for me will always be for me. Staying determined and persistent lead me to my position with Swagtron. I am so lucky to get to work with such a great group of people and make viral content that makes me go “Ooo” or cracks me up. I am also lucky to have my voice on air again with Play FM & Boss90sNow. The opportunity they have extended to me has been one I am appreciative of and love that I get to vibe out with my listeners!

The most important lesson I’ve learned up to this point has been to stick with those who stick by you. Build with those people. Everybody can love you when you’re up but it takes solid people to help build you back up when you’re down. I want the world to know me for the laughs, and keeping them smiling. Whether I make 1 persons day or 1 million peoples day, I’ve done my job.

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?
Oooo! So this this fun, if I was taking my best friend out in the city I would start the week hitting Laguna Beach or Manhattan Beach those are my two favorite beaches. I would also take them to Lake Hollywood Park for the best photo opp with the Hollywood sign! I’d also suggest hitting happy hour at 33 Taps, they have the most BOMB spicy margarita and the food is so good. Sunset Rooftop is also a favorite of mine to go to for good drinks, hookah, food and music. I would catch a show at the Dodgers stadium, For quick bites I would suggest: Jays Red Tacos (they have birria tacos to die for), A Beautiful Life (they jerk oxtail mac will change your life), Dave’s Hot Chicken (the slider with mac on top and the SAUCE?? don’t get me started), or Mexicali (shrimp nachos are always so good). For sit down/take out I would suggest: Bossa Nova (the pasta is bomb.com), Perch (scallops are great!), and Met Him At A Bar (breakfast is 10/10). For dessert I will never not want Somi Somi in Little Tokyo. As far as nightlife goes I would definitely say The Highlight Room and Bar Lubitsch are my go to’s. If you ever find yourself in West Hollywood I highly recommend checking out Hamburger Mary’s. It is so much fun, the show is spectacular and the drinks are great!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom deserves a lot of recognition when it comes to who I am. She has been my number one supporter, therapist, mommager, and backbone. My teachers would always say “Great student but talks too much in class” or “Is a distraction to others” on my report cards, and my mom took that and put me in children’s theatre and acting classes when I was 7. I wasn’t a sports kid growing up so those classes meant the world to me. I could talk, I could yell, I could be myself or anyone/anything else. Thank you Ma for realizing my potential before I ever did, my little sister thank you for giving me a constant reason to keep going.

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