Recently we got the chance to interview Rian Parish from Oxygen Network show with Nick Cannon, “Like A Boss”! Rian has also recently launched a blog called The Cool Aid.
upfrontNY: Can you tell us about the show “Like A Boss”?
Rian Parish: Absolutely! “Like a Boss” is a show executive produced by Nick Cannon. It was created by his assistant. What she wanted to do with this show was hone in on the lives of the assistants, and show the world what we go through on a day to day basis, and that we are up next. We are the next bosses of our generation.
upfrontNY: How did you get involved with working with Big Tigger?
Rian Parish: I have been working with Tigger for about 2 and a half years from a previous client of mine, Tiny, T.I.’s wife. He was new to the area, transferring to the radio station here that he presently works for which is V-103. He needed someone who was business savvy, knew the city, and an all around go-getter. I was referred to him, and we hit it off.
upfrontNY: On the show you discussed him being like a big brother. What is it like to have that type of relationship with someone you work with?
Rian Parish: It is so wonderful. I have experience and know what its like to walk on pins and needles. This is an industry that is intense and no room for error. Everyday working with him is a blessing. Our personalities really click. When we first met and started working together 6 months in people thought we had been working together for a decade.
upfrontNY: Has he given you any good professional advice?
Rian Parish: His favorite line is no fumble. He is all about getting the job done. He is not a boss that likes excuses nor am I an assistant that likes to give one. If something doesn’t happen, we don’t need to figure out why it didn’t happen, we just get it done.
I really love how I am kind of walking into his path. He has been a DJ and a host for about 2 decades now and that is a lane I am trying to tap into. This is a blessing and I feel like we were positioned to be together for a learning experience for me and to be able to witness it and take note up close alongside him.
upfrontNY: Can you tell us about launching your blog ?
Rian Parish: I am an aspiring actress. I have always been a natural – talker and question asker my entire life. I had someone approach me for The Cool Aid.
upfrontNY: How are you feeling about the launch?
Rian Parish: It has been a long time come. I feel like the lane is really open. I feel like it’s time for me to shine. A lot of times as an assistant we get frowned upon or people have an idea when they hear that title assistant and that is the only thing we do. We are young smart intelligent business people who get it done for the celebrities you see in the fore front. For me I really get to show case many of the talents and gifts that I have outside of being the girl to make it happen to some of Hollywood’s most loved stars.
upfrontNY: You have been a part of so many aspects in the entertainment world. What has been your favorite or most satisfying?
Rian Parish: Being an executive assistant. The biggest perk for me is the knowledge that you gain in this position. Even if you come into this position and are unsure of what you ultimately want to do, you have so many model people in front of you and around you to help you with whatever you want to do. For me, I would have to say my current position happens to be my favorite.
upfrontNY: What has it been like for your family to see you on tv in this part of your life?
Rian Parish: It is a bit of an adjustment. I am gone and have so many different things happening in a daytime. My daughters work and want to be in the business as well. I try to be that model and example for them, your dreams and opportunities are endless and if you work hard, whatever you want to happen can happen.
upfrontNY: If you could have the roles reversed and have Big Tigger be your assistant, what would you want him to do?
Rian Parish: He would be getting children up early, getting them dressed, fed, fixing lunch, dropping them off to school, spending time together. I would have him so indulged just walking a day in my life, which is all over the place. It is one thing to hear about it, but to actually walk in a person’s shoes is totally different.