We had the good fortune of connecting with Onyekachi Ngameze and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Onyekachi, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
This is a major thing because I was taken aback when I first realized this. In talking to personalities on Kicking It With Kachi, I found that the best interviews occurred when the most research was conducted. I initially interviewed people in my close circle, those I had known for a long time. Getting on Instagram Live and talking to them about their crafts felt no different than talking to friends on Facetime. However, as I sought new faces to interview, an obvious truth arose. I knew very little of these people. I essentially stalked their social media and personal websites to piece together a story I would get to know better on the show. Interviewers like Nardwuar and Sean Evans are great at what they do because of their research into the lives of the interviewee. Doing that heavy research and essentially becoming a fan is a major key I picked up.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love “Kicking It With Kachi” because I feel that it is a show where people can talk candidly about their journies. I interview personalities who I see as the next big name in their specific industry. Knowing that I was able to interview Atlas Jones before her personal training and athleisure venture expands or ENJ before their next breakout single, makes me happy knowing I was witness to the rise. I personally reach out to every person I interview to come on the show. I am what I like to call a super fan. I genuinely want to pick the minds of these individuals and I was blessed with a platform to also showcase their talents and skills.

I hit bumps on the road sometimes someone doesn’t respond or fill out the signup form. Sometimes no one is available to be interviewed on a given Sunday and I have to scour Instagram for hours. I’d send DM after DM trying to find someone to interview. A lot of people wouldn’t know that given that a new interview drops every Sunday. A major lesson I learned was to not let anyone see you sweat. When that live icon appears at the top of the screen, all the frustrations of people not responding or my dog pooping in my bathroom has to melt away.

Another major lesson I learned was to remain consistent and patient. I can come out of an interview that I felt was amazing and gain a reception of about 100 views. This can be discouraging but I remember that the numbers are arbitrary. What is important is honing the skill of a great interviewer. I have no doubt in my mind that “Kicking It With Kachi” will take off, as will the DC Voice. 5 years from now, I want viewers to be able to go back and watch quality interviews from the very start. My steadfastness toward its success is tied very closely to simply playing the waiting game and stepping up when my number is called.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I recently moved to Vermont from the Bronx, NY so I get asked what there is to do in Vermont very often. If you are an outdoorsy type then you can take advantage of the many hiking and biking trails in Burlington and Winooski. My favorite ones are Centennial Woods, the Winooski River Walk, and Sucker Brook Hollow Trail. Now, if you’re not exactly an outdoorsy type then you can go bowling and play arcade games at Spare Time. You can catch a movie at the Roxy Theater or watch a live performance at the Flynn. Burlington is a major college town so you can easily find a bar to grab a drink with some friends and listen to a wide variety of music. During the day, you can go shopping at the Church St Marketplace which houses a wide range of businesses. While Burlington and Winooski are not the epicenters that New York City and Atlanta are, we definitely know how to make our own fun and excitement.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to thank the following people for believing in me, pushing me, and reminding me of my gifts: God
My mother, father, and grandmother
The Hilltop Student Newspaper
Ms. Marija Kero
The late Dr. Gregory Hampton
Dr. David Shinn
The DC Voice for giving me the platform

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