This week’s featured media mogul is the co-host of the podcast Growing, Healing & Shxt, Asiah Jones. Learn more about Asiah’s creative journey below.
You are a multi-talented individual dipping and dapping in a bunch of other expressive fields. So, what was it about journalism or media that piqued your interest?
“Because all I do it talk and I needed an outlet. No, honestly I’ve always been the friend to give advice or to just have deeper and meaningful conversations with people and I would learn so much in those conversations. I would be so addicted to those deeper conversations because it gave me chills and it would make me feel like I was in alignment with my purpose. Especially who I would become in those conversations. If you know me, I’m like a kid and I’m goofy and there’s an immaturity about me, but when I tap in that deeper part of myself It’s like I’m being channeled by an old wise person. The funny thing is that it throws people off about me because it doesn’t seem to match me, shoot I don’t even think it matches me, but that’s what cool about it. Sometimes I want to even write down my own words to remember what I said because the revelations and perspectives were so enlightening and magical. I’ve been saying to people for years, ‘I wish we recorded this conversation’ and now I get to. I get to finally capture and share the magic I get to experience in my own life and in my own skin.”
How did you get your start in the media field? Did you study communications in college? Internships? Hobby writing?
“So as I said, I’m a talker and I’ve always needed an outlet. I’ve been writing since childhood and documenting my life through writing and, over the past couple of years, by recording myself. I wrote so much that I have the intention of writing a book. Anyways people have also told me I should have my own YouTube channel and I was so fearful about it that I just never did anything about it. I ended up meeting some females this year who were interested in doing a podcast and I was so quick to want to be involved, to have a direct support system in a venture I’ve always wanted to do. So I’m glad about the opportunity.”
Tell us about your platform. What’s your mission/goals? Who’s your audience?
“So I actually have to podcasts that I’m on, “Let’s Talk Melanin” and the brand new podcast “Growing, Healing & Shxt”. The women on the podcast have been through a lot, which was perfect because there are so many different perspectives in that. This podcast should attract those who don’t want to settle for who they are, for those who yearn more out of life than the surface. Those who want to be their best selves. We’re hopeful and we know that someone out there can identify with at least one of us. And I guess that’s the mission, you know, when you’re going through something in life and it truly hard and painful, you feel alone and you’re just desperate for a guide or a how-to book or someone to share that pain, for hope, to see that someone who’s been where you are, eventually found freedom or happiness or just to see that life moves on. I happen to be blessed to have people in my life to where I can be vulnerable and share my pain with and to have support, but even in the support you still have to go to come home to yourself at night or you still may feel like that person doesn’t truly get it. So I want to be that person for whoever needs it. I want people to feel that I share their pain, but I’m constantly finding ways to make it out or that I’ve made it out and to share my inner processes of how. I’m hoping something that we say on this podcast can spark something, can change a thought in someone’s mind, a perspective, a pattern. That this could give them more understanding about themselves and their own lives and I hope it leads to them feeling comforted in their aloneness. Of course, we are all women, so it’s easier for us to relate to women, but it’s available for men as well. And I feel like we’re on a journey to understanding men the most, but shoot we’re still over here trying to understand our damn selves as women. On Let’s Talk Melanin, we’re using audio and visuals and for Growing, Healing & Shxt, we’re just doing audio for now because that’s what we want to focus on. The goal as of now is to be consistent and engage with our audience and eventually tour and reach out to people on a bigger scale.”
So far throughout your career, what has been your proudest personal media moment?
“I’ve been proud just to see us actually doing it. Like to actually capture the kind of vibes and friendship we have in real life. I love to see us just being ourselves and being authentic. To see us being fearless in opening up about our lives and our experiences. It’s beautiful to see us being so brave.”
What advice would you give aspiring mediapreneurs looking to enter the field?
“You don’t know how hard it is to actually put yourself out there to strangers because it’s your craft and it’s your art and now it’s up to the public’s criticism. You have to be willing to be vulnerable and to do it for yourself. If you’re not doing it for yourself, then you are a slave to fear and insecurity. You have to be connected to it. You have to do it because your soul is telling you to and don’t worry about the rest. You have to have the intention to help those who want it or need it rather than care about the people who may not. Your craft is an expression of you, so make it really you, so that when you look back on it, you’ll always have a connection to it and you’ll be proud of it. It’s a documentary of your growth and you’ll see how far you’ve come from that place because as you grow, your art evolves along with it. I’m proud of all of the people out there who truly put themselves out there. You’re the bravest kind.”
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