Voices of Positive Change: “You can’t be what you can’t see” – Marian Wright Edelman
Zahara's Dream Interview with Lisa-Marie Misztak, BBC Journalist, United Kingdom
1. What was your first career dream? (Where did Lisa-Marie girl-child see Lisa-Marie adult-woman?)
I dreamt of becoming an actress. I adore going to the theatre and I used to drag my younger sister to the cinema every Sunday morning to watch old movies with me. In secondary school (high school) I would perform on stage each week. My team and I would explore different themes, such as raising awareness around bullying. I thought I would work in the world of film.
2. What first inspired you to become a journalist?
I enjoy writing, reading and meeting with people. As a journalist I get to interact with people from all walks of life, who share their stories with me, their highs and lows in life. I love learning new things and learning facts. It’s an incredibly fulfilling job. As a young girl I didn't see anyone who looked like me reading the news or reporting the news. Things have changed a lot, but there is still a long way to go to have more diverse voices.
3. What would be a piece of advice for young women who cannot find themselves in mainstream media?
Diversity of thought helps to create a more balanced representation of the world we live in. Women/girls must be at all tables in all industries to promote different narratives. Many of us are fortunate enough to have access to the internet. My advice would be to start where you are now! Start by sharing your own stories. Start by posting what you’re passionate about online and on social media platforms. You have a voice and your voice matters. Sharing your story with others is what we need more of.
4. What does Empowerment mean to you?
We can’t be truly empowered if some of us still feel powerless. Using our voices, making space for each other and realising that there is more that unifies us then divides us creates the space for empowerment to flourish.
5. What does Opportunity mean to you?
Preparation plus opportunity equals success. I think we create our own opportunities, mixed in with luck and the right timing. When I look back on my own life, most of the opportunities and experiences I've had is because I pushed myself to reach out to people and I put myself out there and asked for opportunities.
6. How important is discipline when it comes to building a fulfilling career?
Failure to plan, plan to fail. Discipline is the cornerstone to all who aspire towards achieving their goals. Having clear goals – written down with deadlines will ignite the path towards getting closer to your dreams.
7. What is the value of a role model?
Having someone to look up to and learn from is key. I have been fortunate enough to have amazing role models who give me advice and have helped to nurture me, this support has been incredibly instrumental in my career. A role model doesn't need to be someone you know personally, it can be anyone that motivates you to aim higher.
8. How do you manage disrupters/toxicity to your journey?
There will always be bumps in the road. That’s just a part of life. Knowing that what’s meant for you will always make its way to you. No-one can stop or block anything that is destined for you. Remain focused on your own lane, when you're focused on what you're meant to be doing you’ll be better placed to jump over any hurdles in your way.
9. What is the best career advice you were given?
Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. This saying is incredibly important and true. Too often people may feel the need to emulate someone else, but the power of any individual is in being themselves. Only you have your story, you were shaped by your experiences. Be you, fearlessly.
10. What is your daily motto?
Energy flows where attention goes. This motto helps to me focus on what’s most important. It draws me back to my goals.
11. Name a book that inspired you. Why?
One of the most influential books I've read is the Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle. The book teaches the reader how to live a healthier and happier life by living in the present moment. I highly recommend it to all.
12. What would your younger self tell you if she were to meet you now?
You are and have always been more than enough. We are all more than enough.