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Rising Stars: Meet Pavlina Osta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pavlina Osta. 

Pavlina, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I began as a steel drum street performer when I was 10 years old. I’d perform at various beach-town venues in Florida. The media noticed and after multiple interviews, it was suggested I should have my own radio show – I was up for it! However, my school schedule, competition dance, karate, and gymnastics scheduling made a radio show difficult to fit in. I decided to do on-location interviews with newsmakers and celebrities. By the time I was 18, I had a Guinness World Record, numerous media awards, over 800 interviews for my shows, and a new job in New York City. I spent the next 6 years building my career, college, and writing a book. An offer came for an evening news anchor in Marquette, Michigan and here I am!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has by no means been smooth sailing, when I started as a street performer playing my steel drums, I didn’t get the response I was hoping for from my peers and their parents. It was difficult doing something I enjoyed and yet everyone around me was questioning and asking why I was wasting my time.

I was 11 years old when I started my radio, I immediately got more backlash from my friends, peers, and even their parents about why I wasn’t spending more time in the ballet studio. With the helpful guidance of a few good teachers and my mother, I was able to get past the noise trying to prevent me from doing what I wanted to pursue.

I was known in high school as the “radio girl” which doesn’t sound too bad, but I promise it wasn’t the cool thing to be called at the time.

By the time I got to New York City, I was barely 18 years old, and still learning about myself and this intense industry. My time in New York City, I like to think was a success, graduating in 3 years and developing a major department within one of the largest radio networks. However, living in NYC was difficult, I struggled with serious anxiety and depression. The job I was working at left me unfulfilled and doubting my abilities.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am an evening news anchor for TV6. It’s an exciting position and I love bringing the latest information to our viewers. Each day is unique with gathering the stories and then producing the show before the evening broadcasts. I’m paired with evening news anchor Cody Boyer and we both thrive on driving important news to the audience. I’ve spent over half my life conducting interviews, so I’d say I’m generally known for that, however, I spent six years in NYC with the majority of that time, producing top-rated national shows.

I’m proud of my communications skills – it comes naturally to me. I’m also proud of being part of an amazing team at TV6.

Memorable stories have always been my specialty – from reporting on the homeless in New York City to discussing computers with Steve Wozniak. It is all about reaching an angle not previously covered for the viewer, so they gain insight or knowledge they didn’t have before. I’ve achieved that for the most part, in my opinion, because of my authenticity with each story I cover.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I think Millennials and Generation Zs have learned to embrace self-love and take care of their mental state. I lived and worked in New York City during the Covid-19 Crisis. I was an essential worker in the media, and it was a tremendously difficult time for everyone being in the epicenter of the crisis. During this time, I finished my book and achieved a yoga teaching certificate. The important lesson I learned was that life is fragile and we need to recognize what is important in our lives.

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