D-Nice was a web developer? Angela Yee owns a cafe? Why multiple streams of income are essential for career longevity

Media personality Angela Yee and DJ D-Nice joined ESSENCE Deputy Editor Cori Murray for The Wealth & Power Experience at the 2021 ESSENCE Culture Festival presented by Coca-Cola to discuss how they each managed to keep working, thriving and pursuing their passions throughout the unprecedented year that was 2020.

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While most know Angela Yee for her breaking news and irreverent humor on the airwaves early in the morning, the media maven is not just a radio host, but an entrepreneur with a touring podcast, a bar at juice, coffee and coffee. business, among other businesses.

“I’m a huge fan of multiple streams of income,” Yee said. “Especially when the pandemic hit, we all realized that it’s so important for different things to happen. Some people were just invested in real estate and then people weren’t paying their rent. So it takes a hit So that makes you realize, “Okay, I need to have a couple things going so I can still be comfortable.”

For D-Nice, who has seen increased notoriety during the pandemic with his “Club Quarantine” home DJ-set series, having a diverse skill set and multiple businesses has given him the opportunity to constantly pursue one of his creative passions, no matter if a path may fall.

“I learned early on, after my rapping days when people didn’t buy records and the record company kicked me out, that I never wanted to be that type of artist again; where my income was based on what someone else thought of me,” he told Murray. D-Nice used his free time to learn programming and photography, eventually becoming a web developer creating websites for clients like Alicia Keys and AT&T, and photographing album covers for artists like Carl Thomas and campaigns. for customers like Hennessy and Reebok.

But a chance encounter at a party where Q-Tip was DJing rekindled D-Nice’s love for music. “I heard Q-Tip spinning, went home, called a friend of mine, Chris Lighty, and said ‘brother, I think I want to DJ.’ left his thriving web business from that point on. “I found this path where I could just play what I love. It wasn’t considered an open format at the time, but I just knew I wanted to be able to play everything.

Both agree that with the diversity of their skill sets, they each have more opportunities to pursue the things they are truly passionate about, rather than blindly following the money wherever it leads. For Yee, no control comes before his own personal integrity.

“For me, as a radio personality, it’s important that people feel they can trust me. So some things I won’t do,’ she told Murray, recalling one time when she was offered a huge salary to support a fur business, despite not wearing fur. . “I had to refuse. I don’t do anything with cigarette companies, or vaping, things like that. I don’t promote things on the radio that I wouldn’t recommend someone do.

“Not all checks are good,” D-Nice said. “Do I want the nice car, do I want a nice house, do I like flying first class? I like all these things. But they don’t define who I am. I do things that make me feel good, not just on the basis of money,” he explained, detailing how he had turned down millions of offers for Club Quarantine at the start of the pandemic to continue to offer authentic joy to isolated people.

“None of the money would have been worth the feeling I have now.”

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