Wanna Be

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The podcast that takes you from where you are to where you wanna be in 30 minutes or less. Every week Imrie is joined by a guest to discuss the issue that's blocking their personal or professional development. Hosted by Imrie (formerly Melanin Millennials).

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#80 Angie Thomas: Becoming An 'Overnight' Success

October 31st, 2018

18:12

The Wanna Be Podcast is back for a Black History Month special and I’m going to be sharing the stories of phenomenal black women who are almost certainly making history with their work.


I got to interview New York Times …

#79 Amandla Stenberg: Feeling Like You're Enough (The Hate U Give)

October 24th, 2018

18:33

The Wanna Be Podcast is back for a Black History Month special and I’m going to be sharing the stories of phenomenal black women who are almost certainly making history with their work.


Omg I’m screaming inside about …

#78 Amber Cabral: Starting Difficult Conversations

October 17th, 2018

29:43

Hello and welcome to the Wanna Be Podcast. I’m your host Imrie! Catch a brand new 30 minute episode every Wednesday this month.


The Wanna Be Podcast is back for a Black History Month special and I’m going to be sharing …

#77 Vashti Harrison: Creating Little Leaders For The Future

October 10th, 2018

29:34

The Wanna Be Podcast is back for a Black History Month special, and I’m going to be sharing the stories of phenomenal black women who are almost certainly making history with their work.


This week you’re in for a treat, …

#76 Abadesi Osunsade: How To Become A Boss In Tech

October 3rd, 2018

27:53

The Wanna Be Podcast is back for a Black History Month special, and I’m going to be sharing the stories of phenomenal black women who are almost certainly making history with their work.


This week you’re about to fall in …

Live Show: Brand Builders Masterclass with Prisca Moyesa

July 25th, 2018

50:59

For the final episode of Season 1, I present the highlights of our very first live show, the Brand Builders Masterclass.


Joined by the incredible brand and marketing expert Prisca Moyesa, we sat down for a whopping 4 …

Live Show with Special Guest Bethany Rutter

July 18th, 2018

1:08:53

Wanna Be is the podcast that takes brand builders and high-achievers from where they are now to where they 'Wanna Be' in 30 minutes or less. In this …

#72 The Slumflower: Creating A Lasting Legacy

July 11th, 2018

30:30

In today’s episodes, The Slumflower and I talk about the pursuit of fame, the journey that leads to her loving and accepting herself. We talk about the difference between people who naturally have lots a friends and …

#71 The Slumflower: Taking The Biggest Risk

July 9th, 2018

24:22

We’re only a few days away from ShoutOut Live! Radical Women sponsored by Spotify and I’m allowed to share the £10 off code on the podcast! So this Saturday you can learn how to record, edit, and script your future …

#70 Luvvie Ajayi: Getting Comfortable With No

July 4th, 2018

20:56

Ten days until ShoutOut Live! Radical Women sponsored by Spotify. I've been working on this festival for a long time. It’s been my absolute dream to …

#69 Luvvie Ajayi: Showing Up Consistently

July 2nd, 2018

22:50

I’ll be hosting 2nd, and final Wanna Be live show of 2018 on July 14th at ShoutOut Live! Radical Women sponsored by Spotify in Kings Cross. I would …

#68 Prisca Moyesa: Is IGTV Worth It?

June 27th, 2018

29:49

We’re only 3 weeks away from ShoutOut Live! Radical women which I can now proudly say is sponsored by Spotify!!

We’ve added some great new workshops which now include:


1. Choosing Yourself with The Slumflower (aka …

#67 Prisca Moyesa: Asking Confidently

June 25th, 2018

31:09

We’re only 3 weeks away from ShoutOut Live! Radical women which I can now proudly say is sponsored by Spotify

We’ve added some great new workshops which now include:


1. Choosing Yourself with The Slumflower (aka Chidera …

#66 Ruby Aryiku: Building Self-Confidence

June 20th, 2018

32:16

A quick reminder that if you’ve been thinking about podcasting or you want to become a confident storyteller or public speaker, I think you’ll …

#65 Ruby Aryiku: Preparing For A Successful Career

June 18th, 2018

30:03

A quick reminder that if you’ve been thinking about podcasting or you want to become a confident storyteller or public speaker, I think you’ll …

#64 Yrsa Daley-Ward: Writing Someone Else's Story

June 13th, 2018

25:19

This week I’m joined by Yrsa Daley-Ward who is a poet, writer and model. Yrsa first wrote On Snakes and Other Stories, Bone and her most recent book The Terrible which is a memoir. In today’s episode, we talk about how …

#63 Yrsa Daley-Ward: How To Tell Your Story

June 12th, 2018

23:59

#62 Danielle McDonald: The Importance Of Accountability

June 6th, 2018

17:51

Danielle McDonald is the Clarity Architect and Founder of Brands of Colour which is the leading and award-winning membership platform committed to …

#61 Danielle McDonald: How To Be Happy For Someone Else

June 4th, 2018

23:57

Massive thank you to everyone that came to Wanna Be Live! Massive shout out to the tastiest vegan food around courtesy of @leafyrealm. Hire them for all of your vegan food needs!


This week I'm joined by Danielle McDonald …

#60 Prisca Moyesa: Finding Work-Life Balance

May 30th, 2018

32:07

This week I’m joined by Brand and Marketing expert Prisca Moyesa. Remember we’re going live this Saturday on June 2nd for the Brand Builder Masterclass where we’ll be sharing all of our growth secrets, how we launch …

#59 Prisca Moyesa: Doing Less For More

May 28th, 2018

30:31

This week I’m joined by Brand and Marketing expert Prisca Moyesa. Remember we’re going live this Saturday on June 2nd for the Brand Builder Masterclass where we’ll be sharing all of our growth secrets, how we launch …

#58 Dorcas Shola Fapson: Eliminating Limiting Beliefs

May 23rd, 2018

35:09

This week I’m joined by Dorcas Shola Fapson. Dorcas studied Criminology at university but wanted to pursue her passion for acting. She was granted a …

#57 Dorcas Shola Fapson: Living Your Truth Online

May 21st, 2018

19:52

This week I’m joined by Dorcas Shola Fapson. Dorcas studied Criminology at university but wanted to pursue her passion for acting. She was granted a …

#56 Dr Victoria Showunmi: Stop Working Harder

May 16th, 2018

31:45

This week I’m joined by my mentor Dr Victoria Showunmi. Dr Victoria is a lecturer in Education at UCL’s Institute of Education and Maynooth University. Dr Victoria’s research interest include women, women’s development, …

#55 Dr Victoria Showunmi: Black Women In All White Spaces

May 14th, 2018

35:13

Tomorrow (May 15th) is the last day you can get an Early Bird ticket for just £5 for Wanna Be Live. Tickets are only £5, and you’ll get a live recording of our monthly episodes, have your branding and marketing …

#54 DJ Nikki Beatnik: How To Be A DJ

May 9th, 2018

29:39

A quick reminder to get tickets to Wanna Be Live: Brand Builders Masterclass with myself and Brand and Marketing expert Prisca Moyesa on June 2nd in …

#53 DJ Nikki Beatnik: How To Succeed As A Working Mum

May 7th, 2018

23:31

A quick reminder to get tickets to Wanna Be Live: Brand Builders Masterclass with myself and Brand and Marketing expert Prisca Moyesa on June 2nd in …

#52 Natalie Kane: How To Think Like A Futurist

May 2nd, 2018

27:42

A quick reminder to get tickets to Wanna Be Live: Brand Builders Masterclass with myself and Brand and Marketing expert Prisca Moyesa on June 2nd in London Bridge. At the live show, we’ll break down how to switch your …

#51 Natalie Kane: Planning For A Successful Future

April 30th, 2018

28:11

**Wanna Be will be live with Brand and Marketing expert Prisca Moyesa, and I will be running an extended Masterclass session in London on June 2nd. At the live show we’ll break down how to switch your business model if …

#50 Prisca Moyesa: Recycling Your Old Content

April 25th, 2018

32:43

Prisca and I are going to be live in London on Saturday 2nd June. You can expect a Masterclass feel just like the podcast where we'll have a …

#49 Prisca Moyesa: Creating Successful Partnerships

April 23rd, 2018

28:42

Prisca and I are going to be live in London on Saturday 2nd June. You can expect a Masterclass feel just like the podcast where we'll have a …

#48 Chloe Marlow: Developing A Luxury Brand

April 18th, 2018

24:48

This week I’m joined by young fashion designer Chloe Marlow, Chloe is the founder and designer of Marlow London a luxury accessories brand. Chloe attended Central St Martin and 1 year later launched Marlow London. Her …

#47 Chloe Marlow: How To Justify A High-Price Point

April 16th, 2018

30:09

This week I’m joined by young fashion designer Chloe Marlow, Chloe is the founder and designer of Marlow London a luxury accessories brand. Chloe attended Central St Martin and one year later launched Marlow London. Her …

#46 Leona Nichole Black How To Feel Good Enough

April 11th, 2018

30:57

This week I’m joined by my friend and confidante Leona Nichole Black. Leona is a Tarot therapist who launched her Tarot business last year. She has a …

#45 Leona Nichole Black: Dealing With Chronic Fear

April 9th, 2018

32:57

This week I’m joined by my friend and confidante Leona Nichole Black. Leona is a Tarot therapist who launched her Tarot business last year. She has a …

#44 Sapphire Bates: Unconventional Jobs You'll Love

April 4th, 2018

26:38

This week’s guest is a tattoed Bill Murray and flower obsessed woman Sapphire Bates, owner and Creative Director of The Flower Arranger who recently …

#43 Sapphire Bates: How To Charge Clients Correctly

April 2nd, 2018

30:43

This week’s guest is a tattoed Bill Murray and flower obsessed woman Sapphire Bates, owner and Creative Director of the The Flower Arranger who …

#1 Bonus: Ava DuVernay: Creativity, Intention and Perfection

March 31st, 2018

19:14

Welcome to a bonus episode of Wanna Be with Ava Duvernay!


Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time is in Cinema’s now, and I had the honour and privilege to sit down with Director Ava DuVernay. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to put …

#42 Prisca Moyesa: Building Your E-mail List

March 28th, 2018

28:13

***To come along to my 12-week Growth Strategies course

visit weheartmondays.com/growth and use code IMRIE10 for £10 off your class. The first class starts on Wednesday 25th, 2018, I’ll see you there!***


This week Brand …

#41 Prisca Moyesa: Building Your Team

March 26th, 2018

30:18

I am pleased to announce that I’ll be teaching a 12-week Growth strategies course in conjunction with We Heart Monday’s Black Girl Magic Academy. If …

#40 Nathan Bryon: How To Get On TV

March 21st, 2018

30:40

This week I’m joined by the incredibly funny Nathan Bryon. Nathan is a writer and actor.  He is best known to viewers for his role as regular …

#39 Nathan Bryon: How To Make Anything With No Money

March 19th, 2018

29:11

**Nathan is a hoot but keep your headphones in as there’re a few swear words in this.**


This week I’m joined by the incredibly funny Nathan Bryon. …

#38 Tobi Oredein: The Secret To Subscription Growth

March 14th, 2018

25:57

Today I'm joined again by Tobi Oredein. Tobi is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Black Ballad which is a subscription lifestyle magazine written …

#37 Tobi Oredein: The Reluctant Entrepreneur

March 12th, 2018

28:09


This week I’m joined by Tobi Oredein. Tobi is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Black Ballad which is a subscription lifestyle magazine written …

#36 Ijeoma Oluo: Starting A New Career

March 7th, 2018

28:25

This week I’m super pumped to bring you this episode with Ijeoma Oluo she is an incredible writer and someone I admire. Ijeoma is based in Seattle, and she is the author of the New York Times Best-Seller, So You Want to …

#35 Ijeoma Oluo: Talking About Race

March 5th, 2018

30:21

This week I’m super pumped to bring you this episode with Ijeoma Oluo she is an incredible writer and someone I admire. Ijeoma is based in Seattle, and she is the author of the New York Times Best-Seller, So You Want to …

#34 Prisca Moyesa: Is Blogging A Waste Of Time?

February 28th, 2018

30:16


Prisca is back again today, and we are answering your most pressing questions including: How do I pitch myself as a guest on podcasts? Do you have any tips for launching a natural hair magazine? And Is blogging a waste …

#33 Prisca Moyesa: The Comparison Trap

February 26th, 2018

31:53

This week Prisca is back and we had so much fun recording this episode. We are talking about the comparison trap, we share what it is, how it makes you feel and what to do about it. We also share a super simple action …

#32 Amma Asante: An Award-Winning Director

February 21st, 2018

29:38

Today I’m joined by BAFTA Award-Winning Director Amma Asante. Amma started out as an actress. In 2004 Amma’s directorial debut film A Way of Life premiered at the Toronto Film festival, and Amma won 17 International …

#31 Amma Asante: The Only One

February 19th, 2018

30:45

This week I’m joined by BAFTA Award-Winning Director Amma Asante. Amma started out as an actress and has appeared in Grange Hill, Desmonds and Birds of A Feather. In 2004 Amma’s directorial debut film A Way of Life …

#30 April Reign: Moving From Viral To A Movement

February 14th, 2018

27:41

This week I’m joined by April Reign who is currently Senior Director of Marketing Fractured Atlas an organisation that empowers artists eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression to foster a more agile and …

#29 April Reign: Creating Viral Hashtags

February 12th, 2018

30:57

This week I’m joined by April Reign who is currently Senior Director of Marketing Fractured Atlas an organisation that empowers artists eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression to foster a more agile and …

#28 Melissa Silverstein: Starting A Film Career

February 7th, 2018

16:20

Today I’m back with Melissa Silverstein; if you didn’t catch her on Monday's episode talking about imposter syndrome, it’s a must-listen.


Melissa is …

#27 Melissa Silverstein: Overpowering Negative Thoughts

February 5th, 2018

11:58

To kick off, I’m joined by Melissa Silverstein she is the founder and publisher of Women and Hollywood. She is the Artistic Director and co-­founder …

#26 Prisca Moyesa: How To Become An Instagram Influencer

January 31st, 2018

28:11

For today’s episode, Prisca is back, and we’re to answer your questions which include: How can I use social media to promote my podcast? How do I get big brands to sponsor me? What do I do if the job doesn’t advertise …

#25 Prisca Moyesa: How To Get The Skills You Need

January 29th, 2018

27:59

his week Prisca is back and we’re here to discuss ‘How to getting the skills you need’ as voted by you. In today’s episode we cover education versus experience, if there’s a specific characteristic or trait that makes …

#24 Tiffany Ford: Influencing With Colour

January 24th, 2018

28:26

Tiffany Ford is a Storyboard artist at the Cartoon Network and has worked on Clarence, Craig of the Creek, The Powerpuff Girl Dance Pantsed special, …

#23 Tiffany Ford: Accepting Criticism Like A Pro

January 22nd, 2018

24:41

In the final instalment of the Meet the Cartoonists Special I’m so glad the finale episodes are with Tiffany Ford! Tiffany is a Storyboard artist at the Cartoon Network and has worked on Clarence, Craig of the Creek, …

#22 Lisa Hanawalt: Managing Anxiety

January 17th, 2018

27:35

This week I’m joined by Lisa Hanawalt the Producer and Production Designer of Bojack Horseman. Lisa has published two books with Drawn and Quarterly the first My Dirty Dumb Eyes in 2013 and The Hot Dog Taste Test …

#21 Lisa Hanawalt: BoJack Horseman's Production Designer

January 15th, 2018

23:34

This week I’m joined by Lisa Hanawalt the Producer and Production Designer of Bojack Horseman. Yes she actually drew all of the characters! Lisa has published 2 books with Drawn and Quarterly the first My Dirty Dumb …

#20 Eleanor Davis: Saying No To Bad Contracts

January 10th, 2018

29:05

Thank you for joining me today on this value-packed episode. We’re back with the Design Special: Meet The Cartoonists.

I’m joined by illustrator and Cartoonist Eleanor Davis. Eleanor is the author of the New York Times …

#19 Eleanor Davis: How to Be Happy

January 8th, 2018

19:52

#18 Leslie Hung: Finding and Keeping Your Passion

January 3rd, 2018

22:33

I have to apologise for this episode in advance. The audio file with my voice got corrupted, and we lost all of my audio so unfortunately, this …

#17 Leslie Hung: Life After You Achieve Your Goals

January 1st, 2018

13:05

Happy New Year and welcome to the Design special: Meet the Cartoonists. To kickstart the design special I’m joined by Leslie Hung, Leslie is the co-creator of Snotgirl with Bryan Lee O’Malley who is also the creator of …

#16 Prisca Moyesa: A Next Level Boss

December 27th, 2017

29:59

Not too long ago you sent Prisca and me a question that's been on your mind for a while. You needed an answer to that sticky situation, and now hooray it's here! The great news is you weren't alone when you sent in your …

#15 Prisca Moyesa: How to Execute Your Vision

December 25th, 2017

26:13

Happy Holidays! I promised you a Christmas Day episode, and here it is. Getting you to where you wanna be is important it doesn't matter if it's a …

#14 Don't Jealous Me: Published in 4 Weeks (Tolulope Ogunmefun)

December 20th, 2017

29:43

Key takeaways from the episode are how to get published in 4 weeks. Creating viral content and why it’s essential for you to create content that feels natural and fluent to you. Being consistent and knowing how to …

#13 Don't Jealous Me: A Youtuber with 40+ Million Views with (Tolulope Ogunmefun)

December 18th, 2017

25:01

This week I’m joined Tolulope Ogunmefun (Oh Goon May Fun) who is more famously known as comedian Don’t Jealous Me. Tolu’s Youtube channel has amassed …

#12 Emilie Wapnick: Why You're A Multipotentialite

December 13th, 2017

29:56

In today’s episode, we talk about how Emilie prepared for her viral Ted talk, how she secured a book deal, and how she came to the realisation and acceptance that she didn’t have one true calling.


The key takeaways for …

#11 Emilie Wapnick: How to be Everything

December 11th, 2017

14:49

#10 Ruby Raut: Sustainable and Environmentally-Friendly

December 6th, 2017

28:39

For this episode, I’m joined by Ruby Raut the Founder of Wuka Wear. Wuka wear is environmentally-friendly sustainable period underwear.

In today’s episode, Ruby and I discuss Chhaupadi a practice in Nepal that exiled …

#9 Ruby Raut: Good At Taboo Marketing

December 4th, 2017

20:32

This week I’m joined by Ruby Raut the Founder of Wuka Wear. Wuka wear is the UK’s first-period underwear. Ruby is originally from Nepal where they practised Chhaupadi, a practice that exiled women to period huts while …

#8 Prisca Moyesa: A Goal-Getting Badass

November 29th, 2017

30:49

This episode is action packed! Prisca is back to answer all of your brand and marketing questions. 

Key Takeaways:

1. How to definitively get …

#7 Prisca Moyesa: Financially Free

November 27th, 2017

28:54

This week I'm finally joined by Branding and Marketing expert Prisca Moyesa of Moyesa & Co. The topic is Financial Freedom, we cover what it is, …

#6 Miss India America: Wearing A Crown of Authenticity

November 22nd, 2017

27:05

India is incredibly high-achieving, professing that she did not take a break from full-time education until she decided to enter the Miss India …

#5 Miss India America: A Beauty Queen With A Cause

November 20th, 2017

20:35

This week I’m joined by Miss India America- India LaRoda. India is African American and Indian and is the first bi-racial Miss India America. India is currently studying to be a paediatrician and was recently the …

#4 Georgia Dodsworth: A Creative Influencer

November 15th, 2017

29:57

It's Self-Care Awareness Week (13th-19th Nov) and this week I'm joined by the Founder of The World of Self-Care, Georgia Dodsworth. In this week's episodes Georgia shares her journey with Borderline Personality Disorder …

#3 Georgia Dodsworth: A Self-Care Queen ft. Georgia Dodsworth

November 13th, 2017

29:02

#2 Adrian Hon: Game Developer With 3+ Million Downloads

November 8th, 2017

28:33

Adrian is co-founder and CEO of Six to Start. He is best known as the co-creator of the international smash hit mobile app, “Zombies, Run!” Previously, Six to Start has worked with Disney, the BBC, Channel 4, and …

#1 Adrian Hon: A Creative CEO

November 6th, 2017

15:25

Meet Adrian Hon the CEO and Founder of Six to Start an incredible game development and entertainment agency. Adrian and author Naomi Alderman are the …

Bonus: Period Shame-Free- Plan International UK

October 18th, 2017

26:28

Welcome to the first episode of the Wanna Be podcast- the podcast that takes you from where you are to where you wanna be in 30 minutes or less.This …

Bye Melanin Millennials, Hello Wanna Be!

September 27th, 2017

3:36
Imrie makes a big announcement or two. What happens next? Listen now to find out.

iF yoU SeeK Nigeria- Damien Hirst Ft Reckless Rai

May 17th, 2017

1:13:44
It's the first week with our first Natia (Not-Satia) and it's @RecklessRai from @MostlyLit. #MelaninMagic goes to @DadJaye who was Knighted for his amazing service in Architecture. Rai is lost when Imrie introduces …

Stop Playing The Reverse Racism Card

May 10th, 2017

1:29:31
This week on the award-winning podcast it's just the two of us. #MelaninMagic goes to @bevmet01 and @MaliaBouattia for hosting the 5th Annual …

Thrown Under The Bus ft. The Slumflower

May 3rd, 2017

1:43:37
This week on the AWARD-WINNING podcast the ladies are joined by award-winning blogger @TheSlumflower. #MelaninMagic goes to the @imtiredproject by …

House Of Lies Ft. @TheAureacl3

April 26th, 2017

1:58:08
PM TREsemme has called a snap general election! (WTF another one) Yes, June 8th inform yourselves and do the right thing. We are joined by Joseph …

Of Masculinity And Men Ft Funny Tummy And Derek Of Mostly Lit

April 19th, 2017

1:57:51
Welcome to another episode of #MelaninMillePod this week we’re answering the question on everyone’s mind “Are Men Trash?’We are joined by the …
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