QUESTION – Thank you for taking the time to participate in the Q & A session. Before we start in detail. Would you like to share with everyone who may not know, who you are, what you do and your background.
OLIVIA – Hey, sure! I’m Olivia Voznenko, a business finance reporter for Modern Wall Street. Viewers call me Voz so I roll with that. I interview a variety of people like floor traders, economists, CEOs and celebrities and report on business gossip, forex, commodities, crypto and technical analysis. My journey to journalism is pretty unconventional, which will get into momentarily.
QUESTION – What and who got you into financial media and do you trade/invest yourself?
OLIVIA – After college I scored a job as a Sales Assistant on Wall Street through a friend of a friend. Life was good but I always had a burning desire to try the media field. I saw Modern Wall Street had a position open for a reporter – with one minor detail – the candidate was required to have a British accent! I managed to get an audition and completely faked the accent. My now boss, James, was humored by my attempt and hired me on the spot. I love being on the reporting side of finance! I’m immersed in everything from CEO drama to economics to price action. I especially have a passion for technical analysis and apply that to my trading.
QUESTION – What personal or professional failure/setback have you experienced in your life or professional career that has set you up for later success?
OLIVIA – By the time I got to college and realized I wanted to be in the media field, I did not have the right resources to move forward with that passion. However, through networking, I was able to land a job in finance, garner an understanding and interest for it which ultimately lead the way to become an on-air reporter.
QUESTION– You are a popular media personality with a growing fan base. What are your goals for VOZ MEDIA?
OLIVIA – Thank you for saying that! I cherish the connection I have with my viewers and that gives me confirmation I’m in the right industry. With that said I’m still exploring the ever-expanding media landscape. There are so many avenues and so much to offer. I’m a curious person who can adjust to any personality, topic and situation. I will continue to utilize that ability into my content and while this may sound bold, I want to be the next big thing with Google-able book club picks.
QUESTION : What do you feel is the role in having a balance all around life in your day to day activities. What hobbies do you enjoy besides taking photos on private yachts (Steve made us ask. LOL)
OLIVIA – I have unique friends and I’m quick to take up an invite. Whether that’s going to brunch, a wacky art installment, a language class or a dance team tryout (yes this happened) it forces me to get out, live life and learn cool stuff.
QUESTION – What advice would you give to your younger self (both professionally & personally)
OLIVIA – I’m going to reverse that question. I actually want to thank my younger self for taking a huge risk to flip my career. That was a gutsy move that worked out in the end. So if anything, I want to channel that feisty, fearless younger self to push me to make bold moves.
QUESTION – What good or bad advice do you hear often in life?
OLIVIA – I think advice is subjective. A fellow friend in the business told me “if you don’t have haters, you’re doing something wrong” and this advice is perfect for me because I can take the heat. I’m way more outspoken than your average reporter and I like to interact with all viewers from the lovers to the trolls. Everyone plays an integral part in my work. I enjoy getting feedback, and I usually end up making friends with everyone once they realize how open I am about it.
QUESTION – We understand that you are an author of several tutorials on skin care. What are you goals and ambitions in this professional area. Any advice our many women readers?
OLIVIA – AHA! Sheer proof that people actually do ask about skincare despite all the memes that state otherwise. Joking aside, vitamin c serum. No questions, just thank you notes. And that goes to all the male readers too!
QUESTION – When you have lost your MOJO or focus , what do you do to get back on track?
OLIVIA – I have to be in-shape to function. If my bod falls off the wagon so does my mental. I get moody and unmotivated. To avoid that, I count my macros and exercise almost every day. Abs = presence.
QUESTION – If you could have a big billboard with your favorite saying or message on it, what would it be.
OLIVIA – “Follow me on Twitter: @TheVoz4Real”