We had the good fortune of connecting with Akeishein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Akeishein, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I’ve been in the social justice space for over 5 years now. As an aritist, this has impacted the way I create tremendously. NIna Simone once said, ” An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” & I couldn’t agree more. With so many changes, heaviness, tragedy, and so forth, of the world, it can take a huge mental toll on you. For me, working a 9-5 submerged in daily breaking news, while upholding my duty to reflect that through art is a conituous journey of manuevering. Which is why balance for me is vital.
The way I view balance now is centering health and wellness, as my default. It has become my achor point, when I start to feel unteathered by the weight of the world. After all, rest is an act of restance. You have to dig and do the work around finding out what brings you joy, happiness and purpose. Once you’re able to clearly identify what that is and what it takes to achieve those things regularly, I belive you are that much closer to achieving balance.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an inate storyteller! I’d like to consider myself a queen of all trades. For so long, I’ve struggled with the world placing me inside of a box. Feeling as though you can only be and do one thing. Despite me being passiontae and great at many things. Being an actress, singer song writer, rapper, producer, guitar player, videographer, digital content strategist, etc. comes with a lot if you’re not grounded in who you are & always remembering you “why”!
I believe my natural longing for music and travel propelled all of my creative capabilities. I was born in Inglewood, Ca. Raised in St. Louis, & also grew up in Okinawa Japan. My experience with traveling and being expsosed to different cultures early on, has really shaped me into a well rounded hueman being.
After graduating highschool in Japan, shoutout to Kubasaki! I moved to San Francisco and gradated from Academy of Arts University, securing my degree in Acting and Film. Fast forward, I found my way back to Los Angeles where it all started to further my career in music and acting.
I think what sets me apart as a creative, is that I’ve mastered being able to tell stories from unique perspectives due to my birds eye view of experiences. As I mentioned. before, being in the social justice space has really grounded me in my mission for spreading love, and being the change I want to see.
I recently released a song titled Black Girl Magic. Which is an inspiring message celebrating generations of magic passed among Black women. Among our struggles, and victories, dispite all of the odds that are stacked against us.
The music videos pays homage to the lifelong bonds Black women have cultivated since childhood. Serene scenes of vibrant colors and kids at play juxtapose with later somber verses to highlight the many dangers Black women face on the journey to reach the height of their dreams.
I’ve learned that along this journey, your tribe is so important. Its impairative to have people around you who loves, adores, honors, and celebrate you through your highs and your lows.
What I want people to take away from my brand is that, you are made to be expressive and creative. We are all storytellers in our own way, and to know while there is no one in this world like you, that there is someone in this world just like you! Meaning when we tell our stories throught our purpose, we realized how connected we all are.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes to remind you how important it is to follow your purpose. “What is an ocean, but a multitude of drops.” – Cloud Atlas
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ah! Of course when you come to LA you have to go to the Santa Monica Peer & Venice beach. But I’f I’m feeling extra speacial, I would reccomend Laguna beach!
Then I would take them to some of my favorite soul food spots like, Fixins, My 2 Cents, Comfort LA & A Beautiful Life.
The party scene is always popping! Day parties galore, like Everyday People. Rooftop vibes like Ace Hotel & Mama Shelter.
For something chill, I would say Echo Park!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a huge shoutout to every single person I’ve met along my journey in life, you’ve help lead me to this exact moment. I’d also like to give a speacial shoutout to my niece Natalia! I want her to know how loved, beautiful, protected, brilliant, and magical she is. That her birthright is having access to abundance & joy! She keeps me reminded while I’m taking the road less traveled, and paving uncharted terrortories, that she can do anything with her #BlackGirlMagic because I can!
Aslo shout out to my dear sister, friend, & colleague Aly Honore for being a great HUEman & plugging me in with you all!