Wendy's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    San Jose Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 4

  • ON DVD:

WENDY WILLIAMS

Television/Radio Personality

“Don't let people get in your head. Not your parents, your sisters and brothers, not even your best friends. Be fearless.”

INTERESTS:

Radio Television

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Dedication Determination Family Fear Hard Work Self-Reflection Support & Encouragement Transitions Pressure Confidence Risk Individualism Success Values

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

being open, brave, career, double minority, fake it, fearless, graduation, internship, lifestyle, loner, money, personal growth, pride, radio, risks, scared, self belief, sleeping in a car, strength, Virgin Islands

BIOGRAPHY:

  • She worked at the local radio station when she was in college; loved that the disc jockeys were all grown-up, but had a job that felt playful.
  • By the time she graduated, she'd secured her first job, which she'd found in a listing in the back of a magazine.
  • She spent a few years in the U.S. Virgin Islands working a minimum-wage radio job.
  • Her next job was in Washington D.C. working at an oldies radio station, and she simultaneously secured a weekend job in New York.
  • She'd drive between the two cities every weekend, passing exits for her parents' house and her best friend's house.
  • Because she felt she had to prove herself, she refused to spend those weekends at home; instead she slept in her car.
  • Today, she keeps a photo of her working at that college radio station next to a photo of her with Howard Stern, to remind herself of how far she's come.
  • Says you can't let anyone get into your head, or tell you that you'll fail, because everyone has the power to succeed.

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