LadyRedNails: Tiana Ward Interview
Multi-media Host and model Tiana Ward, known on the radio as LadyRedNails, is a positive force whose distinct voice and fun personality allows her to host her own show, In The House on Accelerated Radio. Tiana was born and raised in Inglewood, California and she is currently studying Broadcast Journalism. She is also a co-host on Accelerated Radio’s Urban Hollywood and hosts red carpet events. Finding her love for radio combined with her relentless work ethic has made for the beginnings of a promising career. Keep the name LadyRedNails in mind next time you listen to the radio and know for a fact that Tiana Ward is here to stay.
Home Town: Inglewood, CA
Stage Name: LadyRedNails
How did you get your start in modeling?
In 2011, I had a meeting with a friend and I did my first photo shoot in my house and it has been a continuous growth since then building my portfolio.
Why do they call you “LadyRedNails”?
I came up with the name in 2011 while I was painting my nails red. I decided to stick with the name and commit to it. It’s more than just a name it’s my company and it’s my brand. It sums me up well too. I’m a lady first and my favorite color is red.
How did you get the opportunity to work for Accelerated Radio?
I got my start through a program director, Erika Alexander also known on the radio as “Queen Cookee”, on another radio station. I stayed with that radio station and in August of 2013 Erika asked me to come aboard on Accelerated Radio.
You’ve said you learned every single day in your work for radio and apply it to being a host. What are some valuable lessons that you carry with you every day?
In radio I’ve learned to constantly grow and be stronger than I was the day before. The same lessons can be applied to my life. I smile and I’m thankful for everything that comes my way.
You’re constantly working! Where do you find the time to host and co-host two radio shows on Accelerated Radio, The Urban Hollywood & In The House?
I honestly don’t know how I do it. Sometimes I feel as if I’m not doing enough. I find that balance is necessary in school, love, meditation, and food.
How fun is it doing, as you said, your “dream job” everyday?
It makes me so happy. I love music and I love to be around it. A lot of my close friends are connected to the industry with some being musicians, song writers, or journalists so it made sense that I would be attracted to this field. I found it inspiring to see them doing what they love.
It seems you don’t want to be boxed into one category, saying you didn’t just want to be a model. Where does this versatility come from?
Maybe because I grew up in dance from age three to fifteen. The dances would constantly change and the music would change. I believe that I am limitless and that I can excel in anything that sparks my interest. I also feel like it is very important to know your weakness and to work on that too.
You’re also a student, studying Broadcast Journalism. How has that experience been?
My experience in studying Broadcast Journalism has been really good. At one point in my life I thought I didn’t need college, then once I realized I found my passion for radio it all clicked for me. I received a warm welcome when I came back to college and I found a job on campus. I believe me going back to college sparked this flame of opportunities. When you’re doing what you’re supposed to do everything falls into place.
You have a distinct voice, would you ever consider doing voice over work narrating a movie?
Absolutely! I grew up doing public speaking and I had the opportunity to do a narrative for a comedian’s reel. That comedian was Joe Clare. I was struck by the whole process and that was the first time I heard my voice played back to me.
How does it feel to have a platform where you’re seen and heard?
It feels great to talk to artists about what they love. I just want to continue to grow and spread positivity.
I see that you also host events.
Yes, hosting events has been amazing. The company I worked for as a model had me at a red carpet event as the host and it was awesome.
What are your aspirations in radio and beyond it?
I would love if they brought back TRL. I want to be an executive producer and a TV host. I look up to Lala Anthony, Oprah and Wendy Williams all of who got their start in radio. I see myself having my own shown one day. I would also want to start a mentor organization. It would involve outreach that would clean up beaches and be associated with other charitable activities. Within the next year I want to start a web series and by 2016 I want to complete my Broadcast Journalism degree. In the future I see myself being a mother, traveling a lot, and doing right by God.
Where can people reach you?
People can reach me at my Twitter & IG: @ladyrednails
And you can listen to me on Accelerated Radio, Urban Hollywood every Tuesday from 8:00pm-10:00pm and my show In The House every Thursday night from 10:00pm-11:00pm