GoodSister! Rynai-Alex

GoodSisters! is a new feature for SistersSpace.  In this column, we will feature black women that provide inspiration  and motivation.  From philanthropists, stay at home moms to entertainers we will feature women of color that epitomize the true essence of a GoodSister! Rynai-Alex is a GoodSister! She has a personal style, a cool job, and a great heart.  Check out my interview with her below:

Rynai-Alex

Favorite quote: Make your dreams a reality, but don’t forget the reality you had before your dreams came true. That’s a quote that I wrote myself. I’ve witnessed a lot of people change for the worse once they’ve accomplished goals. That’s something that I’ve always hated to witness.

I love your hair! What do you do to maintain it? Believe it or not, I don’t do much at all! I’m natural, so if I decide to wear it out, I just wash and go J. It’s great workout hair by the way! If I want to wear it straight, I simply blow dry it and flat iron it. If I want to feel super fabulous, I’ll rock some hair extensions. I love to switch it up!

Rynai on her way to Rip the Runway

What are some of your style secrets? I’ll share a couple… 1. I love wearing colors! Not a plain black & white girl. Colors add t hat extra pizzazz 2. I frequently channel my inner rock star!  You should try it! Not only should you think out of the box, stand on top of it!!

What do you do? I’m currently a Production Manager for a Major Television Network. It means exactly how it reads; I manage the Production. My job involves lots of planning, organizing, & coordinating everything required to put a show together. Hiring Technical Crews, Managing Budgets, Creating Schedules and much more. I’m a part of everything that you DON’T see on TV but at the same time my job is to make sure that you DO actually see the show make it on TV. Long, hectic & intense work days, but ultimately TONS OF FUN!!!!J

How did you get started? I graduated College, moved back to NY, got a couple entry-level jobs at a few Production companies; worked my buns off and BANG! it went from there! :-)

What are some of the projects that you have worked on? I’ve covered President Obama’s Election Night in Chicago as well as

Rynai in action at the BET Awards!

his Inauguration in Washington DC. I’ve also worked on some of the network’s popular shows like 106 & Park, BET Awards, Hip Hop Awards, Rip the Runway, and one of BET’s newest Awards Shows, Black Girls Rock!. Prior to BET I’ve been apart of Reality shows for TLC, as well as Documentaries for A&E.

What is a typical project for you? I’ve gotten to the point where I deal with all my projects in the same way, so from an Awards Show to a 1hr Documentary on a Music Artist, it’s all basically the same game plan. Create a budget, put your team together, assign responsibilities, create your production schedule, reserve all crew and equipment, and Go!

What do you most enjoy about your job? You know it’s funny you ask me that. I talk about this frequently with one of my coworkers who happens to be a great friend of mine. One of the many things that I enjoy about my job is going on location after about 3 months of planning and seeing it all come together. The set being built, lighting and audio equipment hung, audience arriving, Red Carpet in action … The greatest feeling is watching your hard work come to fruition. After running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off, it’s the 10 seconds you stop and just take it all in. It’s what we call a “pinch myself moment.”

Who is the coolest celebrity that you have met? The coolest celebrity … hmm well I’ve met many, and they all have their own funny stories, but I’d have to say, the coolest celebrity is ME of course! LOL J Remember I told you I was a Rock star!

Rynai and some chick named Beyonce

 

What is the most challenging aspect of your job? One of the most challenging aspects of my job is finding a work/personal life balance. At times you get so focused on the tasks at hand that you literally only have time to wake up, go to work, work, go home, sleep and repeat it … Finding time to hang out with friends, go shopping, go to the movies, etc is a challenge! Production time is similar to a bear going into hibernation for the winter. My work family sees me more than my real family; ask my friends and family, they’ll tell you. It’s something that I’ve gotten much better with, but it’s still a constant challenge.

What skills do people need? In my field, it’s really simple. Be organized, pay attention, have a great memory, always have a solution, think of things that can go wrong before they do and fix it quick. That’s It!

What advice do you have for people with aspirations of working in Entertainment? Like anything that I would tell my younger family members, and friends, YOU control your destiny. Be focused, be determined, never be scared, work hard, and don’t ever quit. Lastly, don’t be afraid to develop your ideas on your own!

Any closing thoughts?

You control your happiness. HAVE FAITH, HAVE FUN, AND BE HAPPY… live life that way. Thank you Tia’ & Sisters Space for allowing me to share my thoughts with you.*Rynai-Alex*

 

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Tiá Jones, MBA is the owner of SistersSpace.com the fastest growing online community for women of color. Tiá is also the blogger and creator of The Hostess Chick, and CEO of New Legacy Services, LLC, a small business coaching company.

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