What are some common misconceptions about careers in media?
The main misconception is that working in media is like a big party. That’s far from the truth. Yes, we may attend release parties, red carpets and swanky press junkets with celebs, but the real work begins when no one is watching. There’s editing, social media, writing, interviews, updating the website and so many other moving parts.
I’ve actually had to fire an intern because she brought her parents to the red carpet premiere for The Best Man Holiday. Morris Chestnut and the entire cast were there. Clearly, she was a little too excited. I had to tell her parents they had to leave because the event wasn’t open to the “public.” The red carpet is my office. I have to remind people of that.
What inspiration do you share in the book to motivate others?
There are chapters where I share my story about how I launched my independent outlet, iamkimford.com, how I became a guest entertainment contributor at CNN Headline News, and how I ended up covering Tyler Perry Studios’ grand opening. As I share those stories, I highlight lessons about being confident in what you’re called to do, overcoming imposter syndrome, and how to walk in a room like you own it, even if you feel inadequate.
It’s Never Too Late is available is www.iamkimford.com.