We had the good fortune of connecting with Asha Dahya and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Asha, what inspires you?
I am inspired by the stories of everyday women and girls who don’t wait for the proverbial “prince charming”, and instead become their own heroes in life by starting businesses, becoming leaders in their communities, and use innovative ways to solve problems.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My latest creative endeavor is my book “Today’s Wonder Women: Everyday Superheroes Who Are Changing The World“. I am the founder of a women’s storytelling platform called GirlTalkHQ.com I have also been working on a short film about later abortion stories which is set to be released in 2021. I have learned that as a creative, ambitious person, I am multifaceted and shouldn’t limit myself to one type of project or area of interest, which I used to do. My background is in TV hosting and producing and I spent the better part of 2 decades always auditioning and applying for positions that I needed permission from other people to get. After going through a divorce at the age of 29, moving countries from Australia to America, getting married again and now having 2 kids, I’ve realized that I am in charge of my story and I shouldn’t give my power away to other people. I don’t need to wait for permission or validity about what I am doing and creating. The world needs more people who chart their own path forward, and in the process dismantle systems that are designed to shut so many people out. That is what I hope to show through the stories I amplify in my book and on my blog, and of course with my own success.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Los Angeles so the possibilities are endless! First I would take them to the beach. My family and I often go to El Porto in the South Bay area as there is plenty of space to spread out (very COVID-friendly!). I would recommend going to Koreatown for an epic Korean BBQ and prepare them to wait in long lines because that means the food is that good! True story, my husband and I once waited over an hour and a half to get into a restaurant, and the wait was definitely worth it! If the weather is good I would also take them to Hollywood Forever Cemetery with some wine, a picnic blanket and snacks.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout is for all 50 of the women featured in my new book “Today’s Wonder Women: Everyday Superheroes Who Are Changing The World”. I started an interview series of the same on my blog GirlTalkHQ.com a few years ago and this got the attention of a literary agent and publisher who I signed a deal with! I chose 50 diverse women and girls from around the world because their stories inspire me to know I too can make a difference in my community, country and in the world without having to wait for permission from others. These women include a climate change activist leading the biggest student-;ed marches in the US, the first DeafBlind student to graduate from Harvard Law who won a landmark disability rights case and changed accessibility in the tech world forever, the founder of the largest network of Digital Latina influencers in the US, the CEO of a British coding organization which teaches more women and girls to code than any UK University, and an Indigenous designer who founded Toronoto’s first and only Indigenous Fashion Week to name just a few.
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