Dana is one of the host’s of Let’s Talk. A show that talks about current entertainment issues and also has advice for kenyan woman. Dana has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice so just how exactly did she find herself on the big screen? Get to know more about her especially why she is passionate about her body art that keeps people talking.
- Tell us about you:
I’m 24, going to be 25 in December. I have bachelors in criminal justice with a double minor in psychology and international relations from USIU which is also where I met my husband when we were both captains of the rugby teams.
- Your best social media platform?
Definitely Instagram because it’s so simple to use but it’s really effective.
- What do you use social media for mostly?
Everything! It’s my daily connection with my friends and family back in the U.S. and keeping people interested in what I’m doing. I can interact with fans and stay current with events and the people who I want to follow
- What do you love most about being a TV host?
I love that I get to have a job that’s about me being myself, I get to be creative and open while being able to connect with people in a way that can help make positive change.
- Your tattoos and Goth image really stand out can you tell us more about them:
I have been getting tattooed since I was 15, so coming on 10 years, they all have a meaning and represent a time in my life, usually one of a tough experience or big change. The darker or Goth vibe that I have just comes naturally, I don’t wear a lot of really colorful clothes or jewelry mostly because I like when the tattoos stand out and aren’t clashing with what I wear. Ironically though my personality isn’t very “goth” I’m generally energetic and witty.
- What are some of the challenges of being a media personality?
There’s a pressure of having to be constantly captivating and approachable, my friends complain that it’s tough to be in public with me because I get stopped very often but personally I really appreciate all the support I get. It can be tough doing a live show because you have to be ready to just “switch on” but it’s an additive learning process so you practice as you work.
- Where do you love hanging out?
I don’t go out too often but when I do it’s normally for specific events and then the night ends maybe at someone’s house to just relax. I don’t like going to the really boujee clubs because the vibe tends to be too old for my taste, I like either relaxing in a comfy environment or being where the energy is high like dancing and a bit crowded even.
- How do you manage to keep your private life off social media?
I just don’t post about it, sometimes as your popularity grows people around you feel entitled to know more but if you start early setting a standard that not everything is for the public eye it’s easier to keep it private later on.
- Tell us something about you that would surprise us:
I really like watching documentaries. If I have a day off and I’m alone in the house I’m normally watching one. They can be about anything from crime to history, recently I’ve been watching a great show on architecture.
- Who are your top 5 skin and hair products:
- Sunscreen! From either Supergoop or sport face from Neutrogena.
- Retin-a cream which is normally from a prescription but can be found over the counter.
- A vitamin C serum.
- First aid beauty company moisturizer
- For my hair because it’s colored I use Kevin Murphy shampoo.Conditioner (bonus: yes I use oils in my hair! I like Marini natural growth oil)
- Which female celebrity would you love to work with and why:
Within Kenya I would like to work with Amina Abdi because we work in the same field but she’s grown so much and I want to work with people I can learn from. Outside Kenya I would love to work with the woman at the top of my field, Oprah, Ellen, even the woman from The Real. Anyone who can help me grow at what I do.
- What advice would you give young you?
You can handle more than you think. Take the risks you want to take because you’ll regret not taking them. It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission. Well behaved women rarely make history.
- Kindly tell us your parting shot in regards to both life and work:
BE the cause in the matter of what you want. If you don’t go for it, no one will bring it to you. Sometimes you may be stopped by the fear of failing or not getting what you want but remember, even if you fail, the only thing that happens is you’re at the same place you were before.