Dominique grew up in Richmond, Va with her mother and two brothers. Even in her earliest memories she remembers, “just always wanting to perform.” Having a calling for the spotlight, she admitted that she would sometimes get called out by grade school teachers for being too talkative. “I have always been that entertainer. I used to play Apollo outside and I was the host, I was KiKi Shepard, and I was the contestant too!” Anybody that knew Dominique back then would say she’s the same girl that is rocking the airwaves today.
Q&A Exclusively on Youtube
- What’s the biggest accomplishment of your career?
- Where did the name DominiqueDaDiva come from?
- How important is social media to the career of a radio host?
- What frustrates you about social media?
- What is your source of industry news? Is it important to know first?
- What is one time when you pushed yourself to achieve your goals and you just don’t know how you did it?
1: Who did you look up to as a kid?
2: How did you get into radio?
3: What was your Richmond radio experience like?
4: What are your roles here at iHeart Radio?
5. What is your passion and when did you know?
Dom: I’ve known since I was little, maybe since I was 4 or 5, I had just got a Karaoke machine I recorded a radio show. Whenever I got a microphone I was pretending I was the host of Apollo. It’s funny because I didn’t realize it then. I would wake up Saturday mornings with this pink skirt that my mom would only let me wear it in the house because it was so short haha, but I had it on every Saturday and I would watch the CMT channel. They would show the older people doing the line dances and I was right there with them. To me, that was a form of entertainment and that was just me doing things that I liked.
6. Who do you look up to for guidance in this industry?
Dom: I look up to the first female PD that I had, Kashawn Powell, I stay in contact with her often. I call her my radio mom. She’s has so much experience, been in the business for over 20 years and been in some major markets. On the entertainment side I look up to Wendy Williams because she transitioned from doing radio to doing television. That is exactly what I want to do. I look up to her because however you feel about Wendy Williams, if she’s saying something you probably wanna hear it. I respect anyone in this industry that has the power captivate an audience and have people to stop in listen. Using the platform to speak for their peers, saying the things that nobody else wants to say. “Ill be that person and I’ll take that hit.”
7. How was your experience at the 2015 BET Awards?!
Dom: It was so much fun. This was my second time going. First time I just got a taste of it by going to the show, this time I had my credentials, OK. I had my badge ready, I had my laptop, so I was in there moving and shaking. It was fun being in the media room. There’s not a lot of conferences where radio jocks get to come together in camaraderie and say, “Hey!”, so that aspect was fun. A lot of stars came through for interviews and social media snaps. I was totally there for it.
8. What inspires you to Succeed?
9. Whats been the biggest challenge in your career thus far?
10. What is the #1 factor behind your success?
11. What advice do you have for young people trying to break into radio?
Dom: I make it my business to get back to VSU often and speak to the students there. Shoutout to Dr. Johnson at VSU in the Mass Comm Department. I always tell students to get experience, Intern! A lot of times you’ll go to college for four years and here you are with this nice beautiful degree and you’ve never stepped foot in a station or that place of business. Make sure you apply for that internship and once you get it, milk it. Treat it like your job, you treat it like your baby. It’s going to be people that want what you have but you have to know, “I want it the most.” For radio, learn the board and get comfortable on the mic.
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