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After graduation, Rosalyn decided to leave her ball on the court to pursue a career in sports broadcasting.
In this interview with BAUCE, Ros describes what it takes to make it as a woman in a heavily male-dominated field and how persistence and perseverance can help you make it to the top. Your face is well known in the sports world today as a BAUCE woman, decorated athlete, broadcaster and beauty with brains. Many would agree your success was destiny, looking back how did you steer your career? Do you believe in fate? It has a lot to do with little conscious decisions we make, and influences of outside people.
For instance, it started with my mom and dad. I grew up in a family that was supportive and pushed me to work hard. My mom [made] sure our community had teams so I could play in them.
To make it in this business you need to work hard, hustle, and be comfortable being uncomfortable. You have to be creative and resourceful, almost all the TV networks I work for, my journeys have never been a straight line. I was busting my butt when the Golden State Warriors opportunity opened up, I was already working and known within the organization. I understand timing has been really helpful as well.
Which nickname do you prefer, and are there any you want to go away? I remember those names, how it sounded on the mic. You have to learn to laugh with social media and not take it too seriously. How did you become this way and what doors has it opened in your career? Do you have advice for young professional women who may be apprehensive to advocate for or invest in themselves? We talk about this, where men might be more aggressive in social settings.
Might be getting ahead because they might be more comfortable putting themselves out there and [more comfortable] with the possibility of public failure.
Even feeling they have the right to that moment, to speak to someone so high up.
It should feel organic. I advise young people to find people they admire and sit down to coffee or lunch. If something comes up they may keep you in mind. Almost any job opportunity comes from inside referrals. The path to a career in the world of professional sports is still largely male dominated and white, though improving due to awesome women like you! How do you navigate this environment as a woman of color and what are your advantages?
In my field, primarily working basketball, my number one advantage is I played and worked as an analyst, not just as a reporter. I can really break down the game. It helps me gain respect in the locker room, with women or men. Representation is very key. There are many great veterans that came before me. She started in sports and transcended out. Basketball happened to be my vehicle that got me out of New York and all the way to California.
You [have to] do homework, study, and take notes. My mom is sick. Last year you generated a lot of buzz due to a meme of you and Ayesha Curry during a post-game interview with Steph Curry. How do you combat petty gossip and adversity in an industry seemingly determined to pit women against one another, both professionally and in your personal life?
Ayesha Curry and Ros Source: Often women burden more BS. You have to develop a thicker skin. I remember when the meme came out.
It was a historic moment. You don't even get a part-time job, for the most part. I played basketball at a high level. My first role in broadcasting started in the analyst and color-commentator role, and it's probably the best thing that's happened for me because I [could] really talk about and break down the game. That was more helpful than I even knew.
I had five gigs with ESPN around women's college basketball. I got both my bachelor's and my master's at Stanford, and Tesla was recruiting from Stanford. I had an opportunity to work for them and moonlight with the broadcasting gigs that I had. I told [Tesla] that I was still in this "figuring it out" space, so they were very flexible with me. That new graduate life is not always the easiest.
I'll share something I haven't shared before: I left the comfort of having a basketball team caring [for me], and my long-term relationship ended - suddenly [I was] trying to figure out who I was alone. I didn't necessarily know which way I wanted to go with my career: At home, my mom was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's and dementia; she had lost her job, and we lost our apartment. My sister was going through her own problems and had to find her own path, [and] my dad had just moved to Nigeria, so he was across the world setting up his life there.
It was a really hard time in my life, and it all happened at the same time. But I think what happened was a blessing in some ways. It made me tough in a way I never had to be tough. I didn't have any other options if things didn't get figured out in my professional life. There was a lot of anxiety, ambiguity, and uncertainty. So I took the Tesla job and chased other odd jobs in broadcasting: I was writing for the Stanford football recruiting website, teaching a public speaking course, and coaching my landlord's daughter's basketball team so that I could get half off the rent!
Eventually, I was able to piece enough odd jobs together that I was almost able to call it a very low salary. I left Tesla and chased this broadcasting dream full-time.
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It was very humbling, sometimes embarrassing. I felt I was being selfish by pursuing my dream, especially given how much pressure there was at home. I definitely thought about giving up broadcasting. I think a real crossroads in my career was The Pink Room, which was a digital show I created with a friend - we called it that because we filmed it out of my bedroom. We covered women's basketball, and we did a couple episodes and then pitched it to the Pac Conferencewhich I played in while at Stanford.
They said, "This is cool. Can you do this for the conference for all 12 teams? We can't pay you this year, but it can help you get your foot in the door. The next year, Pac Networks started, and I got a contract from them. That was the first time I could definitively say, "I have a salary, and I'm a full-time broadcaster. Something that really resonated with me was when you said you felt a level of selfishness about following your dreams.
When you have some hard stuff going on at home, you always kind of feel that battle: It seems like at some point the light bulb goes off, and you decide, "I'm going to take this road because this is what's going to make me happy.
I think so many people - especially those in creative fields - have that galvanizing moment in their lives. I think for me it was a really quick shift from being a girl in college with a support system to having all of my support systems pulled right from under me - the comfort of a college basketball team, and the comfort of a relationship my boyfriend was older than me and kind of led the wayand the comfort of having a home to go to and [my] mom being the mother figure - and suddenly realizing, "I'm the person who's in charge.
I was thrust into a position where I had to figure out lawyers, social work, and places my mom could go. Literally, we were homeless. I had to find shelters; I had to find communities for women in need - and eventually, as we figured out her diagnosis, places that could help those with dementia.
Even while pursuing what I wanted to, I was always shouldering a responsibility. I'm not going to try to act like I'm some superhero; I definitely think that at my lowest point is where I found a fire and said, "Come on. We're going to double the effort. But where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.Rosalyn Gold-Onwude 2016 — Broadcaster
It came up in my house a lot growing up as well. You know what the meaning is. It is such an important quote to live by. If I were to give advice to anyone that wants to be in broadcasting, but also to any young black women, it's that.
There will be a lot of rejection, especially in the entertainment business or a creative space. And in those moments, what helped me was responding with resilience and being resourceful - telling myself, "Let's find a new way to try to get there, all right? Once doors start to open, they often continue to.
It's just getting over that initial hump. It's like a four-minute mile: You've been able to open all these doors and carve out a path for yourself, and something I admire about you is that you seem to be very much yourself on camera.
But the field that you're in is very white male-dominated, and those kinds of workplaces can often be frustrating for women of color. As a black woman in sports journalism, have you felt pressure to change your hair, your style, or the way you speak?
One of the things we're burdened with [as black women] is having to prove to people what we're not or [showing] people we belong or that we're good enough.
These are things that our male or white counterparts likely aren't having to think about; they can just come in and deliver and expect to be accepted and know that their contribution is valuable. What we have to overcome are those moments of low confidence, and especially as women - you can see it over and over through the fight for equal pay or even the MeToo movement - not being sure of what our value is.
The system has taught us that it would cause trouble to demand more. I know who I am. I know where I'm from. Whenever I take a step forward, I understand I'm representing just by being there. I hope people are looking at the subtleties, because it's all intentional.
When I wear an outfit that has Ankara fabric or is from Nigeria, or when I put my hair in cornrows, it's definitely to show we're accepted here, and unapologetically so.
Not only are black women doing it; we're going to do it at a fashionable, fabulous high level, and it's going to be popping [laughter]. I'm just being me and sharing the journey with everyone else. I always think, "Who am I representing? What am I representing? I try to be myself in a few ways: I hope when you listen to me, you hear someone that sounds relatable.
I hope you're hearing the joy and the energy that I carry when I talk about the game. I try to dress with color and vibrance and patterns that represent my culture and who I am as a person - and not just as a black woman, but as a mixed-race African woman. There's not just one acceptable hairstyle for professionalism. You can have braids; you can have protective styles ; you can have twists; you can change it up. I think playing sports helped me. I think all people should play sports; it's especially helpful for minority groups.
Let's not even talk about becoming a pro; let's not even talk about going to college on a scholarship - there are so many valuable lessons in life that you take from it.
You deal with overcoming adversity, teamwork, and developing confidence. Because of that, I've already pushed myself at a young age to get outside of my comfort zone; I've already dealt with eating humble pie, I've already dealt with having to buy into something bigger than myself, and I've already dealt with things not going my way.
I come to work prepared, and I know what I'm talking about, and I think that the athletes and coaches respect that. I'm thankful to have worked for great networks - NBC Sports, Pac Networks, and now Turner - that very much support people being themselves. I've worked within organizations that have allowed that. Well, I have chills right now. It's really cool to hear that it's intentional and that you are aware of the black women and little black girls watching you.
There is a lack of black female representation in a lot of industries - and while there are some shifts happening, I think that black women are looking to those in the spotlight to be champions for the rest of us. It sounds like you feel a sense of responsibility to do that in your job. There are many people that want to do [my] job and plenty that would do it for free. That's why every day I come to work, I do not allow myself a bad day or a bad attitude.
I try to remind myself how blessed I am to have this opportunity: I try to remind myself that my job is about helping people relax and have joy or have fun around a sporting event.
And I try to remember the human aspect of it - the humans that are watching it, and also the very human people that are playing it. I've always been taught that I'm representing something bigger than myself. It was always important to my father how we represented our home and our family. Many Nigerian kids can speak to the fact that their Nigerian parents always wanted them to do well. Academics were also very important to my mother, and she was the one really pushing basketball [on me].
You represent the name on the jersey. You're representing a whole university. I want to talk about the scholarship program that you're working on, because I think it's so important. How did you get involved, and how do you hope to provide more young women with the opportunity to play sports? Chris Strachan started Kick'n It For a Cause, which is a nonprofit that utilizes sneaker culture as a vehicle to break down social barriers.
I got to know Chris because he's really cool with [Warriors point guard] Stephen Curry; when I was covering the Warriors, Chris would be around building his program and the community and also doing his sneaker blogging.
He saw how my profile was growing from the local to the national level, and he approached me with an opportunity to become a part of a scholarship program with Columbia University, Qubed Educationand Kick'n It For a Cause. My scholarship will be focusing on finding young women who love sports - especially in minority groups - and empowering them and giving them the resources to learn and pursue what they care about.
I also want to be very much hands-on - giving them the opportunity to speak with me, shadow me, learn from my experiences, and gain their own resources.
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In addition to the scholarship money, students will receive an Ivy League completion certificate [from Columbia] and get an insider view of what this industry is about. We want a hands-on experience where they can also come away with something practical, and we're targeting those that need it most.
I'm excited about it! When it comes to all of the things you've accomplished so far, what are you most proud of right now?