We had the good fortune of connecting with Jada Ford and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jada, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Early on in my career, before I started a family and a business. I dedicated so much of my time to my job. I worked several hours, wore a ton of hats and at times felt guilty for not answering emails right away on my days off. I continued this habit for awhile. When I had a family. The killing myself for work wasn’t as intense but the need to overwork myself was still there.
When the pandemic hit and everything stopped, I used that time to really figure out who I was. There was more to me than just spends hours at the office or on set. Cooking and cleaning when I got home, and caring for my family.
I started focusing more on my business ventures, I bought a peloton. I went for long walks, I started meditating at the beach. I started to take care of myself more.
When the world started to open up again. I didn’t stop any other things I was doing that I found peace and joy in. In fact it’s helped me be a better person at work and for my side business.
I no longer wake up to answering emails until after I’m done taking care of me. I stop when it’s quitting time. And if I am received calls or emails on my days off, I wait to respond to them.
There is a way to effectively do you job as well as making time for yourself and loved ones.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started my own production company Black Vintage Media. I began this venture when I saw that people of color were being misrepresented and type cast on TV, particularly Reality TV /unscripted television.
I curated the business to paint POCs in a good light. Something we have not seen a lot of.
We are so used to seeing African Americans fighting each other on tv, or looking to secure a football or basketball scholarship to get out of underserved neighborhoods .
What about the ones who ride horses, play tennis, do ballet, sing opera. We do that you know?
Also, I wanted to show something my kids can be proud of. For them to see someone who looks like them on screen doing something positive.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love the beach. So naturally, the beach.
When I first came out to LA from the east coast, I wanted to see the Hollywood sign, not only because it’s a staple but it is the epitome of what entertainment means to me. So many blood, sweat and tears it takes to make it in this town. Such a historical monument.
Sage Plant Based Bistro is my go to. I love their vegan food!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A shoutout to my family. They have been my rock and my biggest supporters in my life!
Jada Ford and Dorothea Howard Jada Ford and Richard Simmons Jada Ford on set during COVID Jada Ford at Abby Lee Studios / Dance moms