BOSSHOOD: HOSTS TYEAL HOWELL & RYAN STALEY

"I think there’s a lot of podcasts that are centered around professional development and social media and the conversations we are tackling, are similar, but we want to enter this network of podcasters with a fresh and diverse perspective. For example, talking to people that are 23 years old and starting their own business. Learning what is the experience really like for a young entrepreneur? What are the resources needed? Really highlighting the young professional experience."

Ryan and Tyeal could have stayed in Ohio after graduating college, but instead, they decided to take a leap towards their life’s purpose in the unfamiliar terrains of New York City and Los Angeles, California. That leap came with a journey familiar to those who are striving to become their best selves—one of introspection, growth, failure, mentorship, and understanding. That journey has become to be known as Bosshood. and this podcast is an event by event account of Ryan, Tyeal and any other go-getters and doers’ story to help those on the path and those yet to come. This podcast is a part of the Streamlined Media Group x R.LEGACY family.

Learn how Ryan and Tyeal came up with the Bosshood. idea and what to expect from the new podcast below. Listen to its first 5 episodes on SoundCloud.

When did y’all you conceive the idea of creating a podcast together?

Ryan: Yesterday. [laugh]

Tyeal: [laughs] No. More like two years ago.

Ryan: About 2 years ago, back in Ohio, Tyeal was attending the University of Akron and I was attending Wright State and the idea of a podcast sparked from natural conversations we were having about how life was going to be like after college and us really coming into our professional selves and taking our careers a lot more seriously. The idea also stemmed from conversations we were having with our friends. We started listening to other podcasts around the same time and instantly got inspired.

The topics in our conversations with friends ranged from being a young professional to transitioning from college into the career field. The conversations even became broader as we discussed and touched on race and identity in different career fields.

Tyeal: We also started to pay attention to what questions our peers were asking and what they were looking for advice in. We started to see a trend of people asking questions on similar topics. Whether it was how to redesign their resume, or should I go to the career fair or not? Who should I talk to if I go to the career fair? Etc.

I was just telling Ryan the other day, my hairdresser back in college, wanted to know how she could better market her services and I’m like look at all these women around campus, new to the area, who is probably looking for a hairdresser. I advised her to create an Instagram profile, create some business cards to pass out, and get out there. I talked her through marketing and the importance of having a social presence.

Lastly, Ryan and my personal brands sort of relate in many different ways, especially when it comes to offering professional development when it comes to our friends, and we’re both passionate about the digital space with past experiences working and managing social media on marketing campaigns. We have a very similar career path, so it all just made sense for us to come together and create BossHood to inspire people.

“A lot of podcasts from my experience, bring on people that are industry leaders and well known in different spaces. However, I think there’s a need to talk to people who are more so amateurs in different spaces in terms of starting out their careers and get their voice and speak to their reality.”

Are each of your professional career experiences going to influence your topics this season?

Ryan: Yes for sure. Media, marketing, and technology – we’re both just interested and fascinated by where social media can take you. The way that different people utilize social media and digital media and just exploring that and different technologies from our perspectives.

Tyeal: Just to add to that, we really decided on Bosshood as a title because it’s really a play on adulthood for those entrepreneurs, those hustlers, and creatives who really own their brand and their journey. Part of that is our journey. Ryan and I are documenting our journey to become bosses, so everything that we’ve experienced is going to reference. One episode that’s coming out is about speaking the f**k up.

Our experiences of moving to different cities on opposite coasts and starting our first jobs out of college and then moving up out of those first jobs to the next. One of the things we’ve learned is that we have to speak up and own our ideas and have confidence in them. So that’s one example of how we’ll cover what we’ve experienced in our personal and professional lives.

What are some ways your podcast is going to stand out from other competitors?

Ryan: I think there’s a lot of podcasts that are centered around professional development and social media and the conversations we are tackling, are similar, but we want to enter this network of podcasters with a fresh and diverse perspective. For example, talking to people that are 23 years old and starting their own business. Learning what is the experience really like for a young entrepreneur? What are the resources needed? Really highlighting the young professional experience.

A lot of podcasts from my experience, bring on people that are industry leaders and well known in different industries. However, I think there’s a need to talk to people who are more so amateurs in the space in terms of starting out in their careers, developing their voice and creating their reality.

 Tyeal: We really want to make it an experience. It’s not just a podcast that you tune into on a regular basis. We want to have live events and we want our audience to connect with one another on their journey’s of becoming bosses.

When you think of a “boss”, who is he or she?

Tyeal: I feel like there’s a new boss in my mind all the time, but right now I see Issa Rae for sure and Chance the Rapper. Those are two bosses that I’m like obsessed with for some many reasons. They have so many projects and are owning what they do. I think bosses are anyone that believes in their ideas and want to better their environment is a boss to me.

Ryan: Yeah, to give an overview on one spectrum there’s a lot of college students that are overly driven to break into their career field and they’re looking for something to do outside of the normal school activities. On the flipside to that, someone who’s been in their career for five or six years who might feel stuck where they are now and want to change careers may start looking for a fresh start or trying to negotiate their salary. I’d say if we had a cap it would be mid 30’s. You know they’re already established in their career, they know where they want to go and who they are, etc. In my eyes definitely college students to mid 30’s. People that don’t want to fit inside this box of what people say they can do career-wise. Young professionals who want to go above and beyond their job title and change their trajectory.

Could both of you give one topic that you would like to explore or dive deep into this season of BossHood?

Tyeal: I would really love to dive into personal finance and even go deeper as to investing. It’s an important conversation that some if not most of my peers are not knowledgeable about and really need advice on. Inviting guests to the show to help broaden the conversation about personal finances and creating that space for open dialogue. What does it mean to invest your money professionally? How do I achieve financial longevity?

We’re in this stage of generational debt. My peers and I we have parents who may have went to college or they pursued a degree after having a family and they now have student loan debt just like their children. We need to figure out ways to break this trend and help our community.

Ryan: I would like to explore traveling as a young professional. Learning what it looks like to be immersed in a new culture whether you’re traveling for work, or traveling with different organizations with curated trips offering dope experiences for young professionals. I haven’t traveled out the country myself so I want to explore what that looks like and talk to people who have had that privilege of traveling often at a young age and what that looks like.

Traveling like a boss. That’s what we’ll call it. [laughs]

” … we decided on Bosshood as a title because it’s really a play on adulthood for those entrepreneurs, those hustlers, and creatives who really own their brand and their journey.”

Whenever someone consumes an episode of BossHood, what would y’all like for them to talk away from it?

Tyeal: We always want them to learn something new every episode. We want them to get inspired and get inspired specifically inside of their own realm, whether they want to create more or invest more. Getting inspired to take action towards their own brand to create an idea.

One section of the show centers around boss shoutouts and it’ll be great if the ‘bosses’ we shout out are able to connect to help develop each other’s side hustle. Learn something, get connected and get inspired.

What are your goals for the podcast?

Ryan: One goal is to expand our personal network and connect with others to learn from their network. Second, is to document our experiences. We want to use the progression of the podcast as a reflection as to where we’re going and from which we’ve come from. Lastly, I want Bosshood to be a community. We want to have live events, live interviews, web seminars even retreats. The goal will be to bring dialogue into real life experiences. Bring it off iTunes or Soundcloud and discuss the topics in real life.

What is the legacy that both of you would hope to leave behind?

Tyeal: I want to leave behind a legacy of inspiration. I want to continue taking those leap of faiths to create and to be a source of inspiration for other young professionals. I don’t believe in fear. It’s something that I don’t have and it’s something you have to push aside to follow your dreams and execute the ideas that are in your heart. I ultimately want to inspire, educate and connect. That’s my legacy for me.

I want to make sure everyone secures their own bag. [laughs]

Ryan: I want everyone as young professionals to understand the freedom and control they have over their careers. By having these open conversations and explore our own careers and bringing guests onto the podcast to discuss their careers as well. We all kind of grow up with these social norms and basically molded by a college to tell you these are the only career goals open to you. I’m only a year out of college and I’m doing something completely different from my undergraduate degree. I want to inspire people to have freedom over their career goals.

CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION

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