5 Minute Interview: Antonio Neves
Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Antonio: I’m Antonio Neves and I’m a journalist, television host and writer. I started my career co-hosting U-Pick Live on Nickelodeon and today I’m a correspondent for the NBC produced MSN business show Cool Runnings and for PBS’ the. News. As a writer, my business articles appear in Entrepreneur Magazine, MSN Money and Business on Main. Last year my book Student Athlete 101 was published.
What I enjoy most about my work is the opportunity to meet and interview fascinating people. I’ve had the opportunity to interview Grammy and Oscar Award winners, politicians and the everyday Joe. Interviewing people and extracting compelling information from them is what I love to do and it fuels me.
Alvin: Pick any man in the world who was the most influential to you and why?
Antonio: My father Albert Joao has always been extremely influential to me. He’s what you call a self-made man. Nothing has ever been handed to him and he’s earned all he has. Throughout my life I’ve witnessed a man who’s not afraid of hard work, who knows who he is and isn’t, and his integrity is unmatched. Further, he’s always supported my decisions in life and has always been willing to tell me the truth even when it’s not so easy to hear.
Alvin: What do you wish to accomplish 1 year from today?
Antonio: Personally, within one year I will have visited the birthplace of my grandparents, the Cape Verde Islands and I’ll live between my homebase of New York City and Los Angeles. Professionally, I’ll have my own interview series on the web or television; my advisory group for Gen Y-ers and media companies that hire them will be running strong; and I’ll regularly speak at conferences.
Alvin: As a journalist and television host what has been the toughest story you covered and why?
Antonio: I developed and produced the BET News documentary series Heart of the City. Reporting on youth gun violence for Heart of the City: Chicago’s War On Violence was extremely challenging. There are so many perspectives on the issue from law enforcement, non-profit organizations, education professionals and the people in the community. It’s tough to tell the full story in just 30 minutes and talking to those who lost loved ones was heartbreaking.
Alvin: What has been your largest step to manhood?
Antonio: Continually taking risks in my life and being willing to fail and try again. These “risks” include things like leaving my small hometown in Michigan; studying abroad in Spain; moving to New York City with only $700 in the bank; knocking on doors and showing up even when I wasn’t invited; not being afraid to invest in myself; and self-publishing my book.
Alvin: What has been the best advice you received about being a man?
Antonio: I have a few answers. First, one of my graduate school professors at Columbia University once told me, “Antonio, you can do anything you want, but you can’t do everything.” This was a wake up call for me to get focused. Second, I’ve always operated under the mantra to get “uncomfortable.” As they say, if you’re not uncomfortable, you’re not learning. Lastly, this line from Theodore Roethke’s poem The Waking always gets me: “I learn by going where I have to go.”0