We had the good fortune of connecting with Jazmyn Anderson Creer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jazmyn, you love what you do. It’s clear to anyone who knows you. Why and what about your work do you love so much?
I love what I do because it is directly related to who I want to be as I continue to grow. I love it because it allows me the freedom to be me completely and not be who someone else wants me to be for the convenience of their business. What I love the most about it is, it is mine and no one can take it away from me. I own all of the content I create, all of the images I take, I own everything that relates to my brand and that allows me leverage my name and community to build more things that continue to align with where I want to go in the future.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The eye and perspective which I capture things is what sets me apart. I’m relatable and encourage people to realize that their life is their art. I’ve created a level of escapism through my life. I’m set apart also because I’m black; unfortunately there are still a lot of firsts to be had, so just being who I am literally sets me apart. It’s never easy to get to where we want to get professionally or personally, but the work has been worth it in the end. Action is how I got to where I am today. God does his part and I have to do mine. Simply starting and doing continuously has helped me get to were I am. I overcame the challenge that came up by remembering why I started. It would be a tragedy to sit at my job and not use the additional free time I have to build something of my own. It would be easy to complain about all of the things I have or don’t have. but doing something about that is hard. I want the world to know, you deserve to have a hand in laying out your story and leaving your legacy. Don’t let someone else be in control of your narrative and tell your story for you. It’s imperative at this point to have a personal brand and something you can leverage and use to your benefit. I want to know that my brand and story came from a place of not giving up, but instead realizing there is so much more out there that I can access.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If a friend was visiting, I would for sure take them to all of the good local spots in my neighborhood. We could eat our way through the city. Monday: Breakfast at Simply Wholesome Lunch at Hilltop Dinner at home Tuesday: Workout and get active at Kenneth Hahn Park Lunch at Orleans and York Snack at Snoball if it’s super hot Dinner at home Wednesday: Take the metro to a museum downtown Lunch at Poke by Hawaii downtown Walk around USC Starbucks before taking metro back home Dinner at Wokcano Thursday: Breakfast at Simply Wholesome Take a stroll down Melrose and visit the popular shops Lunch at The Henry Ice Cream at Cool Haus Dinner from Crustees Friday: Breakfast at home Metro down to Santa Monica Pier/Promenade Lunch at Cheesecake Factory Shopping Metro back home Dinner at home Saturday: Workout Kenneth Han Brunch at The Hudson Home to get cleaned up Happy Hour at Toca Madera Dinner + Bar Bites Hollywood for a Club moment Home Sunday: Morning coffee at Hilltop Take friend to the airport I think a lot of places can be exciting depending on who you’re with, that usually makes the experience.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would dedicate my Shoutout to God. There are a number of people that helped and added to the place that I’m currently at, but no one has done more than God has. All of the things that people told me I couldn’t do, all of the people that think I’m crazy for wanting my own brand/business,the one constant in my life has been God. Knowing who I am in Him allowed me to see myself in a more positive light. Knowing that He can open doors and put the right people in front of me is what led to all of the people I ended up connecting with. He knows all of the right people to place before me and each of those people has helped continue to sharpen what I began learning years ago. My immediate circle of friends are super helpful and definitely deserve recognition because not only do they push me to continue to do better, they support the method in which I do it, knowing that it’s what works for me.