We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyrah Majors and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyrah, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I’ve always been an ambitious girl—go-getting, tenacious and one to always do a little more than was necessary. By being this way, I found great success! Having great desire to succeed always helped me reach my goals. I’ve constantly picked up new hobbies and passions, found ways to turn them into business plans or ways to add them to my portfolio/resume. Having this constant “go above and beyond” attitude also led me to say yes to countless amounts of opportunities. I quickly learned that not one person can simply say yes to everything. Knowing my limits and when it was time to take breaks has done wonders for me. I love my job as a journalist, but it comes with stress. Especially with a year like 2020 was, where most of us covered a global pandemic, protests on racial injustices and an election, there were times where my body and mind were just begging for breaks. What viewers may not realize, is that we present the news for you at home on TV, but we’re human too. The issues that affect most people, affect me just as much. The self care movement is absolutely a cliche, but an amazing one. That’s where the joy of balance comes in. In 2020 I took a big step back from my day-to-day hustle and grind, and just CHILLED. Of course I still worked hard, but I made sure I took time for myself. I went back to embracing my hobbies, but just for fun this time. Drawing in my sketch pad, diving into a good read, journaling, binge watching Netflix, etc. Things so simple, made such a big difference! I also made it a point to stop taking my work home with me. No more checking emails, answering work calls or checking Twitter after 4:00 p.m. The ambition hasn’t gone anywhere, but I realize in order to be completely successful, you’ve got to take time for yourself. I’ve carried the same mindset over to 2021 and hope to pass the message along to every one.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m currently a month into my role as a morning news traffic anchor and news reporter at the ABC News affiliate in Seattle, Wa (KOMO 4). Just moved here from Southern California, and as you could probably imagine, it’s been a positive adjustment! At only 24 years old, I made a jump to the #12 news market in the nation, from market #125. For those who aren’t familiar with the news industry, market #1 is New York City, and #2 is Los Angeles, so HUGE accomplishment. I started in Bakersfield (my first market) in May 2019. I didn’t expect to leave there only after a year and a half, but an opportunity presented itself and it was one I was more than happy to accept. Working in Bakersfield as a morning news reporter was hard work. I covered everything from natural disasters to mass shootings, to light-hearted community events and stories that made people happy. This experience came with challenges and new skillsets; I had to learn to toughen up, I sharpened my writing, editing, and interview skills, and I learned about a variety of topics. I remember how nervous I was before my first live shot, and before my first time sitting on the anchor desk. I remember messing up on TV numerous amounts of times and it sticking with me for the rest of the day. I didn’t let the downfalls and nerves get to me though! I kept practicing and that practice turned to pure thriving. It was the experiences there that prepared me for my current role in Seattle. No matter what industry you want to be in, always strive to reach your goals. Ask as many questions as you can, reach out to the people you want to meet, and know why it is you want to pursue your passions. It’ll make your journey much clearer.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I absolutely love my home! If one of my best friends came to visit me in San Diego, we’d start off the morning hitting up Holy Matcha or Communal Coffee in North Park. Who doesn’t love tea and flowers? After that, we’d go to my favorite beach and spend the whole day there–probably Windansea or La Jolla Shores! I went to high school in the area. Then we’d make a stop at either Rigobertos Taco Shop in La Jolla, or make it back to MY neighborhood, Oak Park, and eat at Gualbertos. I’m thinking we end the day watching the sunset at The Nolen in Gaslamp. If there’s time in the day, definitely a trip to Fashion Valley Mall for some retail therapy 🙂
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I always give big shoutouts to my parents. Devin and Sheneka Majors. I give it up to them for grounding me, and making me the woman I am today! Support is everything to me, and I’m so happy I can get it from my parents, who also happen to be my besties. 🙂
Headshot: Scott Ryan Photo