Jacque Reid is a walking, talking example of the power of a good side hustle.
But she is also her own powerhouse brand, creating content to feed what ignites her passion.
As an animal advocate, Jacque’s biggest passion right now is the Vegan Sexy Cool brand. She uses her voice to promote veganism through a digital lifestyle magazine, influencer dinners and a podcast.
Our conversation runs the gamut from why she became a Vegan — to a career pivot to preserve her mental health — to her “other” experiences in the media business. And why she consistently pours into aspiring journalists as they launch their careers.
Jacque got her start in local TV after graduating from Clark Atlanta University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Our paths crossed at KPRC-TV in Houston.
I had booked her for the podcast during a planned visit to Houston in 2020, just as Covid hit and shut everything down.
Two years later, we finally made it happen!
3:24 Why Jacque went Vegan
11:55 Career journey
14:31 Prioritizing her mental health and moving away from covering news
18:00 “Other” experiences in her professional life
25:00 The backstory on Reid This Reid That
31:28 Pouring into young journalists