Today I have a special treat for you, the #PuertoRicanMami ToshaMakia. Now, I know what you’re thinking, this girl’s just a bit of eye candy, but before we begin, let me tell you. You’re wrong. I don’t want to spoil anything for our audience, but knowing your story, I have to say, i’m honored to sit down with you right now.
Hello Michael, thank you for having me. I’m excited and thankful for your interview.
What can you tell us about yourself?
I love life & love positivity. I’m a singer turned radio personality that enjoys taking lots of photos, doing music videos and working with others to bring out the best in themselves. Oh & Im a Fitness Freak too! Lol
How did you get started in the industry, and you began as a radio personality, correct? Tell us how all that came together for you.
I actually started out singing. I had a single “Be yourself” (with the GangStar sample) out a while back. I did a few shows on the road with Power 105′s Angie Martinez and learned a lot. After we got off the road I had an interview at Hot 93.7 with Victor Starr in Hartford Ct and I was asked if I ever thought of doing radio because I was so funny and honest. Months went by, I thought about it & took advantage of the opportunity while recording more music and fell deeply in love with radio.
Any memorable stories that stands out to you, and can you tell us a bit about that?
The amount of love I received from the listeners. Them knowing my song and me being touchable, was an amazing feeling. The station became my home. No one at the time knew but I was in an abusive relationship. So radio became my outlet. It was the only time I felt no pain. I thank God. I made it out.
You decided to take some time off for awhile, can you talk to us a bit about why you chose to do that and the circumstances surrounding that?
After I was let go from from 102Jamz in NC in March 2013, I became very depressed. It was bad enough I couldn’t walk and was on many medications for my back. No matter what I pushed through and made it to the station. I then had back surgery in May 2013. At that time I realized the people that were around when things were great were no longer around. Sad experience. They were no longer texting or calling. I remember my kids wanting to play but I had too many excuses because i was too depressed and over weight to even play with them or even get dressed. I then decided I had to revamp me, my life and my future & here Iam.
We see you on Twitter everyday, and you’ve had a tremendous weight loss, through hard work and dedication… I know it’s going to seem dumb, but when you look back here and now. Was it worth it?
Yes it all was worth it. Working out and losing 91lbs showed me I can live again and do anything I put my mind to. I found my true purpose and now know my true worth. Working out isn’t just a physical things it’s a mental, emotional and spiritual thing as well. A beautiful feeling. I’m grateful, i get to be in front of the camera again a modeling, in music videos, TV and just doing what I love.
We want to give all the women, young women, and girls a clear example of the path to success. What is success to you?
Success is keeping your eye on the goal no matter what negative happens & never giving up on your dreams. Success is being better than you were & proud, yet humble. Success is sharing with others to help them be better off. It’s fulfilling. Success is being a better you.
Now you’ve returned, and are snowballing into quite the powerhouse. Tell us a bit about this what you’re delving into as: Entrepreneur, Model, Promoter, and more… what’s different this time around?
This time around I will not worry about the opinions of others. I’m very focused and in a much better place. I love the modeling, the camera, singing, doing music videos, being a life coach and working in Artist Development. This is me and It makes me feel good as a person to help others to be the best they can be and feeds my spirit.
Do you have any special words of encouragement or advice that you want to give out… male and female alike?
I’m on social media a lot for my modeling & our artist D Lux of All In Music Group and I see how many people are not being themselves. Losing
sight of who they are. Never forget to “Be yourself” stop trying to mimic what others do and just do you. Everyone is so lost in each other they’re becoming numb to life. Never forget who you are & what makes you happy.
ToshaMakia, 2014 & 91lbs later.
Any Special shoutouts or closing statements?
Shout out to everyone that never gave up on me when the light wasn’t shining or when I was down. Thank you to my family & friends for supporting & loving me. Thank you to All In Music Group for being an amazing team to work with & RMG!
Thanks very much Tosha, and we’d love to have you back!
Id love to be back
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