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Meet Aliya Bora

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aliya Bora.

Aliya, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Right now, I work as a Media Content Producer & Designer, but I never originally planned to do these things as a career.

I always loved writing stories in grade school and loved playing with paint colors and see how they mix together. But when it came time to go to college, I decided to make a “safe” choice and study biology. I worked in the healthcare division of a company after college, but really missed not having any art or creativity in my life. Well… the recession happened and I lost my job in that company, and it forced me to reevaluate my life and what I wanted in a career.

I decided to go back to school to study graphic design & broadcast journalism at San Diego City College, but I couldn’t pick between the two degrees because I liked both so much, so I ended up doing both programs!

After that, I landed a job in tv news working at FOX 5 San Diego, and that’s where I learned how to everything in media from writing scripts to producing tv segments to being in front of a camera. Later, I moved to New York City to get my Master’s in Journalism at Columbia University, and worked in national media as a fellow at NBC News. I left that to become a Creative Content Producer, traveling all over the world producing live shows & events.

But I was still called to do something artistic, so I started my company, Aliya Bora Design, and started watercoloring for fun in my spare time and sell my prints on Society 6. Having a media & design background is so valuable, I still use design thinking in everything that I do and I love working in both worlds. I consult on media & content strategy projects and paint on the side which keeps me my creative toes.

We live in social media a world now where both the voice & the visuals matter, so I love using my background to help people develop their authentic brand voice.

Has it been a smooth road?
It hasn’t been a smooth road, but I am actually thankful for the struggles. If I had not lost my job in the great recession, I probably wouldn’t have had to think hard about what I want to do in life, and would not have taken a leap of faith to go back to school to pursue my passions (design & media).

I didn’t know how I was going to pay for school, but I believe if you make set clear intentions the universe will jump in supporting you — and it did. I ended up getting a scholarship for adult students and that’s how I was able to complete my programs.

Today, I am a one-woman show, so it can be challenging to handle the admin aspects of running a business. Like most entrepreneurs, I’m learning as I go. I love what I do, so I wouldn’t change it for the world.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I have strong writing chops and an eye for design. As a Media Producer & Content Strategist, I consult with clients on all things content-related including producing videos for social media, writing scripts, articles, talking points for live TV appearances, and flushing out the voice and visuals that reflect their authentic brand. I love working with women entrepreneurs and helping them develop their brand style and voice.

I consider myself a storyteller at heart with all the tools to help people tell good stories. That’s why I felt it was important to study both design and journalism, so I have all the tools under my belt to tell stories through video, writing, color & typography, etc.

For fun, I also love to paint watercolors inspired by my world travels & sell my prints on Society 6. I’ve been capturing my travels on video, and am super excited to share my travel vlogs and designs when I relaunch my website soon. I’ve been working hard on this content and this rebrand for over a year, so I can’t wait to debut them!

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
San Diego is a great place to live and run a business. I don’t think people realize it’s actually a hidden gem of a lot of media talent. I am in awe of and have so much respect for many of the media professionals I’ve worked within this city. We are so close to LA, and LA tends to get most of the business. But I think San Diego would be a great place to film a live show, and they should send more business down here. There is so much talent in San Diego!

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Image Credit:
Veronika Grechman (credit for my main photo in front of pool and the two photos of me drawing at the table)

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