Today we’d like to introduce you to Kierra Wagstaff.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kierra. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Radio host, speaker, TV correspondent, digital content creator and founder of kmwexclusive.com describes Kierra M. Wagstaff. To date, the 29-year old FEMpreneur has partnered with Allied Integrated Marketing DC and ATL, to cover red carpets and interview celebrities such as: Don Cheadle, Denzel Washington, Kevin Hart, Amber Stevens West, Ice Cube, Cedric The Entertainer, Regina Hall, Larenz Tate, Marlon Wayans, Naturi Naughton, Chrisette Michele, Staci Jae Johnson, Sevyn Streeter, Wyclef Jean, Yazz The Greatest, Chante Moore, Aha Gazelle, Rhonda Ross, Amber Rose, Traci Braxton, Ruff Endz, Tami Roman, Tasha Smith, Essence Atkins, Kelly Price + MANY MORE.
‘Kierra M’ as she’s commonly referred to, is a former on-air talent for DTLR Radio, where she was the host of “Pretty Girl Radio” which broadcast LIVE M-F from 11-2PM [est]. In July of 2017, Kierra M decided to EXPAND her brand by moving to Atlanta, GA. It’s there that she landed a prime time slot with Be100 World Hit Radio, where she was the host of “The Day Party” LIVE M-F from 1-4PM [est]. After only 3 months of working with the company, Kierra decided to FULLY branch out on her own in an effort to become one of the main influencers in the south. So she created “Hey Girl, Hey”.
“Hey Girl, HEY” is a podcast hosted on anchor.fm, iTunes, and Google Play; where she answers letters about love, relationships, dating, and parenting. Due to the overwhelming response, she’s launched a series of very successful “Girls Night In” mini social events in Atlanta.
To date, she’s been featured in Sheen Magazine, Raynbow Magazine, and in an upcoming novel by Tanya Barnett titled, “Today’s History Makers: 21st Century African American Female Entrepreneurs”. She’s been able to partner with Allied Integrated Marketing [DC & ATL], Capitol Solstice, BET, Essence, etc…
It’s Kierra’s hope in 2018 to continue living life aloud and on purpose.
Has it been a smooth road?
Has it been a smooth road? NOT AT ALL. What I’ve come to realize throughout this entire process is that nothing will ever be enough! Once you reach a desired level, your appetite gets BIGGER; which can be frightening at times because the doubt grows greater.
Not only that, but I’m not from Atlanta. In fact, I only moved here 7 months ago with my 6-year old daughter. Single mom, no consistent sitter, yet I’m surviving in the “entertainment industry.” I left EVERYTHING that I’d built and spent time nourishing for what I thought was “something greater.” I JUMPED! And while it hasn’t been easy, it’s been worth it.
I’ve entered an entirely different market! Same industry, tougher market! Why? Because everyone in Atlanta is an entrepreneur, an influencer, an entertainer, SOMEBODY trying to make it. So, I had to figure out what would make me stand out very quickly and the answer is ME!
I’m the reason that I’m able to stand out! My ideas, my creativity, my influence, my pure heart, meeeeeeeee. I’m what some love and others “side-eye.” I’m just me!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
In 2014, I founded KWMExclusive.com [a subsidiary of KDubbMedia, LLC.] which is an entertainment/lifestyle online publication that currently has 75,000 unique monthly visitors. From the strong foundation built on this brand, I’ve been able to cover screenings, red carpets and conduct one-on-one interviews with major A-listers in the entertainment industry. I’ve also been able to provide coverage for the BET Awards [16’/17′] and Essence Music Festival.
Similarly, under “said” media company began my journey as an on-air personality which has further allotted with opportunities that would have otherwise been unavailable.
After 4 years in the entertainment industry, I’ve become known as “KierraM” [on-air personality, host, media correspondent and speaker].
In 2018, I founded “Hey Girl, Hey!” and online podcast where I answer questions about love, sex, parenting and career woes from people around the world. Based on the amount of support received, I’ve begun created “mini socials” under this platform as well.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Atlanta is an AMAZING city filled with various opportunities for an entrepreneur, however it definitely helps if you’re at least 1 year into your journey; or if you’ve already begun to grow a strong network. Otherwise, it may be a little difficult.
Why? Everywhere in the world has “cliques” [those group of people who hang out and support one another]. But, what I’ve found is that as a result of the many people in Atlanta trying to make something of themselves, the “cliques” are tighter. If they don’t know you, haven’t heard of you, aren’t familiar with someone you associate with, etc… you won’t be allotted different opportunities. Period!
In Atlanta, it’s all about who you know, what they know and which cliques they’re associated with. Which is very unfortunate, especially for people who naturally stand alone yet are creatives as heart.
Other than that, Atlanta is a phenomenal place and I don’t see me ever moving. Unless works permits!
I honestly wish there were other platforms out there like “Voyage” who randomly choose people to highlight. Not because they know the person but because their work ethic speaks for itself!
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