From Neuroscientist to TV Host & Producer for Steve Harvey: Meet Anna-Kay

Updated: Feb 28, 2019

“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!”

Recent Posts

See All

When Back Pain Gets To Be a Pain in the Neck!

Even with the musical motivation of, “You can do it, put your back into it, ” – No! Sometimes you just can’t because your back really hurts. And you’re NOT alone. Nearly 80% of adults experience low

GET OUR BEST CONTENT, DELIVERED STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX

  • BLEM/SH

© 2023 by Salt & Pepper. Proudly created with Wix.com