As Told By Nomads


The Art of Creating Events, Entertaining, and Inspiring Audiences with Ronny Leber

Ep. 639
Today, Tayo is joined by announcer and public speaker, Ronny Leber, to discuss the importance of finding one's passion, the importance of intention, and how, when it comes to finding that passion in the first place, we all must ask ourselves the right questions. This is a particularly timely conversation given that, in the wake of COVID-19, more people are quitting their jobs and reevaluating their passions and goals than ever. Ronny notes that he first found his passion in events that brought people together, and, naturally, he entered the world of sports to become an announcer.He goes on to discuss public speaking tips that are rather applicable to all walks of life. When people lose their stage presence, for example, it’s because they might not believe themselves to be enough. Perhaps they spoke rather quietly and monotonously for fear of being judged otherwise, but Ronny argues that believing we are worthy is the first step toward public speaking confidence and confidence in general. He and his wife record themselves daily reading aloud to practice variation of voice and increase their confidence. Ronny draws this episode to a rather fitting conclusion to discuss three important principles: focus, purpose, and action. When we hone and zero in on these three notions, Ronny believes that everything will fall into place - and quite frankly, for him, it has.The Finer Details of This Episode:Finding your passionAsking yourself the right questionsCareer fatigue during COVIDVariation of voice during public speakingWhy we are enoughRecording his readingsFocus, purpose, and actionMichael Jackson’s incredible stage presenceLinks:Website: with Tayo Rockson and the As Told By Nomads Podcast on:Personal Website: https://tayorockson.comUYD Management: Collective:

The Importance of Indian and South Asian Representation with Shiv Reddy

Ep. 638
Today, Tayo is joined by Shiv Reddy, a phenomenal cultural commentator, photographer, and an advocate for visual and cultural representation. She’s been taking photos for the past decade, but most of her current projects are commissioned for South Asian weddings and family portraits. Photography first enthralled her because it allowed her to enter a space that wasn’t intended for her. Given that South Asian individuals are rarely portrayed in Western media, as a photographer, Reddy aims to make each of her clients feel like the main character.Shiv’s passion for representation transcends photography, though. She’s taken to social media to engage with others about diversity in pop culture, and has become rather popular herself in doing so. She goes on to discuss the difference between visual representation and cultural representation in media and why we should always try to achieve the latter. In the media, minority stereotypes and relevant discriminatory undertones are unfortunately still prevalent, so she hopes that her social media creates a safe space for individuals to have discussions, feel seen, and be heard. Online, she often talks about pop culture phenomena and the unique experience of feeling ashamed of your own culture for fear of judgment from those around you. Shiv and Tayo draw this episode to a close by discussing Shiv’s media future, in which she’s ‘taking it one day at a time’.The Finer Details of This Episode:How Shiv started her photography careerWhat it’s like entering a space not designed for youThe importance of making clients feel like the main characterBridgerton’s inclusivityThe journey from visual representation to cultural representationIndia’s wide range of diversityAssimilating to American cultureShiv’s future in pop cultureLinks:Shiv’s TikTok:’s Instagram: with Tayo Rockson and the As Told By Nomads Podcast on:Personal Website: https://tayorockson.comUYD Management: Collective:

The Importance of Social Justice and Narratives with Khary Lazarre-White

Ep. 637
Today on the As Told By Nomads podcast, Khary Lazarre-White joins Tayo to talk about racial narratives in the US and his organization, The Brotherhood Sister Sol. The pair opens this conversation by introducing the audience to the lack of funding present in minority communities. Given this lack of funding, in combination with familiar stereotypes and narratives regarding black intelligence and athletic ability, for example, it’s no wonder that young children in black and LatinX communities are discouraged from breaking free from the boxes they were confined to. Khary took it upon himself, however, to create The Brotherhood Sister Sol, a nonprofit that helps young black and LatinX Americans claim the power of their history, identity, community, and education.In spite of fighting a rather uphill battle, Khary is incredibly passionate about helping children take back their own narratives. It’s time to start debunking the common misconceptions that black people only have futures in music or athletics, that they’re violent, that they’re drug addicts, etc. After all, the perpetuation of these notions obscure black and LatinX histories, generational trauma, futures, and the link between poverty and violence. Khary goes on to talk about the American obsession with crime, and how the sheer volume of crime series on TV and racist news propaganda criminalizes the young black man in the American psyche. Through Khary’s organization, Brotherhood Sister Sol, he hopes to help black and LatinX transcend the boundaries that have been created for them.The Finer Details of This Episode:The Brotherhood Sister SolThe lack of funding for minority resourcesThe importance of taking back the narrativeReclaiming different identities of blacknessThe link between poverty and violenceAmericans’ obsession with violenceThe COVID-induced mental health crisisLinks:The Brotherhood Sister Sol: with Tayo Rockson and the As Told By Nomads Podcast on:Personal Website: https://tayorockson.comUYD Management: Collective:

How Comedy Drives Sales with Shelby Dash And Kristina Clifford

Ep. 632
Today on theAs Told by Nomads podcast, Shelby Dash and Kristina Clifford discuss the concept of comedy as a means to build community and an online following.The pair of women open up this episode by discussing why they decided to take the leap into comedy.While they both originally had their sights set on a Hollywood acting career, plans changed over time, and Shelby even went on to become a screenwriter.Eventually, however, Dash and Clifford decided to take their talent to social media creating comedic content for different brands.They argue that comedy videos develop a large sense of community and draw from personal experiences.Each time they make another video, the pair must take into account their audience, their platform, new angles on familiar ideas, and, of course, a sense of humor.Given that the women post a majority of their videos online, they’re forced to contend with the ever present cancel culture.They note that while they do make mistakes, they also try to learn from them each and every day.After all, working in an industry that relies on social media platforms that evolve in the blink of an eye, you have to continue learning just to keep up with changing trends and features.Above all else though, Shelby and Kristina find that so long as they make a positive impact on their audience, all is right in their world.The Finer Details of This Episode:Why Shelby and Kristina took the leap into comedyShelby and Kristina’s roles as screenwritersSocial media as a platform for comedyCreating comedy videosCancel cultureLearning the comedic advertising industryWhat social media is right for youThe importance in resonating with your audienceLinks:Website:’s Instagram:’s LinkedIn: - with Tayo Rockson and the As Told by Nomads Podcast on:Personal Website: https://tayorockson.comUYD Management: Collective: