Up next on the REAL Uncommon Chicks Interview series is the lovely Mia Hall, creator of Mia’s Full Court Press. I met Mia at the Blogalicious conference this year and her energy was spot on with mine AND she has an interesting and exciting career for a young black female. I knew she just had to be featured and what do you know? She agreed!
So without further ado, I introduce you to…5 Minutes with Mia Hall. Enjoy!
1. A black female in sports and entertainment that has worked with the NBA, NY Knicks, Black Enterprise, The Basketball Channel just to name a few – that’s definitely uncommon. 🙂 How did you end up in this field?
I started to play basketball in Junior High School and have been involved in athletics since. When I was 16 I joined a program called PowerPlay, NYC, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering and educating girls through sports, that recruited athletes in underserved communities. The program allowed me to meet business women that worked in the sports industry, when before then, I was not aware those positions existed. We met women of all different ethnic backgrounds that were BOSSES (most times over several men) at sports teams, radio stations, and magazines. Remembering these women, I majored in Sport Management at Hampton University and stayed in touch with women I met through PowerPlay to secure my first position with the Knicks and the rest is history.
2. Tell us why you’re an awesome, fabulous Uncommon Chick in three sentences or less?
The reason is that I not only go after my dreams using faith to take me to each new level, but I have never taken for granted the helping hands that have gotten me to where I am. I remember them by mentoring other young men and women looking to achieve their goals as well. The sport industry is very competitive and I make it my business to offer tools and resources where I can.
3. What’s a day in the life of a young, talented sports reporter like? Yes, I mean you. 😉
A day in my life begins with scripture reading and prayer for guidance always. After that, I will go to work and aim to tackle at least one of my main tasks for the day before checking and responding to emails. At work, I usually am planning, promoting or organizing an upcoming community event for one of our franchises. After work, during this time of year especially, I will attend a sports-related networking or promotional event to either support a colleague, meet new people, or catch up with contacts IRL (in real life as opposed to online). This usually sparks ideas for my blog, which is typically what I will work on when I get home at least once per week, if I am not working on a story. Either way, I research my topic I am going to cover or the person I will interview. Now, my internet search at home is accompanied by an audible book (currently The Four-Hour Workweek). As much as possible, I try to list my top priorities for the next day the night before and have everything I will need for the next day prepared. I pray again before I rest to start all again in the morning.
4. What’s one moment in your life that required the most courage?
One moment that required the most courage was applying to Harvard. Quite transparently, this question makes me think I have to go after some bigger things more often! Back to Harvard, truthfully, it was the last school I looked into after visiting the Education Master’s Degree programs at every other Ivy League. I really only applied to an Ivy League school after hearing about the Harvey Fellows Program that gave scholarships to those applying to top schools in their concentration. I laughed at the thought of going to Princeton or Yale with my dad after a service when our Pastor talked about his support of the fund, nonetheless, I later felt God say that though I lacked faith in me, I would have to put my trust in Him to get me in and bring me through. I went through the application process with the help of many, and four months later, was accepted into the Learning and Teaching program.
5. What piece of wisdom/advice did someone give you that has worked really well for your journey through this thing called life?
I have been given a LOT of great advice so I’ll have to give two. One is a quote my mentor used to say, “The difference between ordinary people and extraordinary people is that the extraordinary will do what they ordinary will not.” – Karin Buchholz, VP, United States Tennis Association, former professional Tennis player. This has given me the will to never give up and give my all to each endeavor whether it be work related or volunteering.
Another piece of advice was specifically for women of color working in fields where not many people look like you I learned at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit a few years back – engage in hobbies that your counterparts engage in so that you will have something to talk about near the “water cooler.” This has led me to always try new things and expand my horizons.
6. What is the one thing you most want to be known for?
My work to help bring more people of color in management positions in the sport industry as I believe this will save many from choosing alternative lifestyles when their “hoop dreams” are not realized. Only one in a million players make it to play professional sports in the largest leagues, the others oftentimes lose hope, I want to help them thrive.
7. When you were younger, what did you want to be, do or have when you grew up?
I have a book where I wrote the answer to this question for my first 4 or 5 years of grade school. Different answer each year. Nonetheless the first profession I remember wanting to pursue was dance as my aunt put me in a free dance program when I was 3 and I remained in dance until I got to Junior HIgh School.
8. Name one weird habit of yours? Do share!
Ha! Hmm my friends would probably be able to better identify one that I may not notice, but one thing I do is delete the instagram app from my phone about once a week or at least 3 times per month when I think I am losing focus, then I download it again a few days later.
9. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
I would want to go back in time. I have a deep appreciation for history and at some point will teach it at the college level, so to be able to see life at different points in time would be amazing to me.
Mia Hall is a professional speaker and multimedia sports reporter specializing in business. She has worked with organizations such as the NBA, NY Knicks, Black Enterprise, The Basketball Channel, The High School of Sports Management, and Barclays Center where she serves as Community Manager. She is passionate about the youth of today and committed to nonprofits such as PowerPlay NYC, Inc. and other youth empowering organizations. Mia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Hampton University, a Master’s degree from Harvard University, and studied broadcasting at NYU. A native of Brooklyn, New York, she covers events and stories in NYC and beyond.
Over to you…
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Mia and her wonderful sports and entertainment career. Please connect with her online!
Some good advice shared from Mia’s mentor that I’ve heard before and take to heart:
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