“In many ways, girls like me are not "meant" to make it in Hollywood -- at least on paper. I am from a single-parent, low-income home, I’m a black woman, and I’m the daughter of immigrants."
“I’m Anna-Kay Thomas (everyone calls me AK!) and I’m 28 from West Palm Beach, Florida. I’m a TV Host and Producer in sunny Los Angeles, CA. You can catch me on IG @annakaythomas”
“I took a major leap of faith and moved to New York after college to pursue hosting. After years of working to break into the industry, I won a 2014 national VH1 competition to be a reporter alongside Nick Lachey, which kickstarted my career. Since then, I’ve worked for companies like NBC, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Condé Nast. Most recently, I moved across the country to L.A. to work as a host/producer for Steve Harvey!”
“In many ways, girls like me are not "meant" to make it in Hollywood -- at least on paper. I am from a single-parent, low-income home, I’m a black woman, and I’m the daughter of immigrants. When I started, I had no Hollywood connections and I had no industry experience. Growing up was really hard at times but I was able to change my trajectory by focusing on education."
"I attended Magnet Arts middle and high schools and then worked my way to Dartmouth College, where I graduated with a B.A. in Neuroscience. Even though I took a major leap of faith and jumped to entertainment after college, working hard in school along with my humble upbringing by a single Jamaican mom taught me hustle by example. It’s why I have the grit and tenacity for a field as tough as entertainment.”
“Work hard and play nice. Entertainment is a multi-billion dollar global industry but it's a smaller professional space than you would think and everyone really does know everyone! Talent isn't enough these days. No one wants to work with, or be friends with, a jerk. Try to think of the good in life and what you are truly grateful for so that you can genuinely find a way to be nice to everyone. You never know who may be in a position to help you out later in your career!”