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

Hi Sierra, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most crucial lesson my career in journalism has taught me is to trust the process. Success doesn’t happen overnight, so learn to fall in love with each step and lesson as you grow in your career.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
While I work as an entertainment reporter for the Des Moines Register, I do consider myself a creative journalist because it involves storytelling. When I’m interviewing celebrities, I always prefer in-depth profile interviews where they share their entire story with me. I get to humanize them and connect them to the average person. I find it therapeutic for people to get to see a different side of the notable figure that may not be known to the public. Some of my favorite interviews include Bobby Brown, Estelle, India. Arie, KISS’ Paul Stanley, Boyz II Men, and Phylicia Rashad. What I’m most proud of are the stories I’ve been working on, including my first investigative story. I feel that journalism chose me and that everything in my life pointed to the fact that I was born to be a writer. I use to walk around with a pen and pad as a little girl, jotting down notes of everything I saw around me. I use to collect Word Up! Magazines and Jet, and loved to flip through the pages. I was a lover of books, vinyls, films, and reading news stories on the Internet. I would stay on the computer for hours listening to old school music and learning about various aspects of the entertainment industry. Whether good or bad, all of it was fascinating to me, so my passion got me where I am today professionally. I did have challenges mainly controlling my emotions, which I’m still learning how to manage. The lessons I’ve learned is to learn as much as possible, try new things, write every day, research well, and double-check your work. I want the world to know that I plan to travel the world to tell peoples stories, especially Black people that make great strides in the entertainment and arts sector. I keep a little brown book of people I want to profile. I also want people to know that I’m filled with many talents and have covered all types of stories, including food, travel, breaking news, plus more.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I live in Iowa, but I’m from Atlanta, Georgia. Shout out to Southwest DeKalb High School. For food, I would take my best friend or friend to American Deli, Busy Bee, Harold’s, the Porter, the Corner Tavern at Little 5 Points, Murphy’s for Brunch, or cook them a home cook meal. We could visit Little Five Points for fun as I like the various stores there, including a crystal shop that’s in the area. We could also go to a thrift store, movie theater, a vinyl/book store, or even a concert. ATL is known for having hot artists perform and hosting festivals like A3C and One Music Festival. I love music so any festival or concert, I’m always down.

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 want to shout out every journalist and media professional that believed in me and shared their experiences and tips on how to thrive as a successful journalist. I’m currently an entertainment reporter, so I appreciate editors at the Des Moines Register for helping me with various story angles and teaching me how to learn to work at a fast pace. I’ll also like to shout out Danyel Smith, Tracii McGregor, Kevin Powell, Elliott Wilson for their phenomenal work and contribution to entertainment, and media.

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Image Credits
Credit: Sierra Porter