We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Badie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmine, how do you define success?
My definition of Success would be Preparation plus opportunity. I know we’ve all heard the phrase “stay prepared so you won’t have to get prepared” and I’m a big believer in that but trust, it is not the easiest thing to do at all. I think the journey to getting your success is the success in itself. Sometimes getting to a certain position in life that ultimately sets you up for victory is one of the most important factors to gaining the desires of your heart. It’s through that journey you learn more and more about yourself, more about your strengths and weaknesses, battling your traumas and doubts, and surviving each day with the faith and courage that your dreams are going to come true. That’ alone is Success. Being able to take care of your mental and your spirit is a success. Setting yourself up to rest in who you are, rest in your truth and become the best version of yourself. To me, that brings all the success one can imagine.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My craft and my artistry is unique to me because it represents where I am from and who I am. Im a southern belle from Atlanta Georgia, loud, expressive, and passionate. That in itself sets me aside from most people in my opinion. Just being unapologetically myself. My dreams in becoming a performer started out with my passion for music and movement. I grew up watching all the greats and really falling in love with the way people told stories through movement. And also seeing the way music could bend in different aspects. Watching the way others hear it and felt about it is what I fell in love with the most. The musicality. The pocket. The energy. My love for it carried on and made the struggle to get to it worth while and trust it was HARD lol. It’s crazy because when I first started dancing I didn’t think it would be such the freedom it is to me today and what I found to be one of the most challenging things in this industry is how it breaks you down to build you up. And I will have to say it did just that. I struggled with a lot of self image issues, mostly dealing with weight and confidence. Always being too big for something and not getting the job because of that hurdle amongst others. It was hard. And to this day, I wish I hadn’t let it get to me because it built a complex I had to fix. Overcoming that challenge was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to deal with alongside learning to love myself through all of that. Especially with how the industry was back then. Also learning how to really be patient and trusting that the breakthrough is coming. I think that is what I want people in the world to know about me the most.. That through the toughest struggle, or your hardest day, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. DONT GIVE UP AND ITS GOING TO HAPPEN. Timing is everything. I learned to love myself more through that journey alone. I learned what my lowest felt like and my highest and to be honest I think gaining the knowledge in who you really are and learning to love your best self on your worst day is the prize. This industry is forever evolving and moving really fast so knowing who you are and being happy with self is the most important thing in my opinion. I want people to be encouraged when they hear my story, and my struggle. All of the no’s, and the Diets, and the rejections, and all of heartbreaks, and mess-ups, and let downs, all of that to say that dreams really do come true and with faith, determination, and self love, you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to. Being patient, and efficient and confident will set you up for groundbreaking success. Love who you are because no one else is like you.. They want you .. not an imitation of someone else.
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?
OMG! Sooo I am such a Foodie and have been growing more and more into one since I have been living in LA. So here are a few favorite spots of mine: My favorite new little Mexican restaurant over in Santa Monica is called King and Queen Cantina. Love love this place! I recommend the Margarita Float which is simply delicious as well as the Wet Burrito! If you want a great steak, I suggest Mastro’s Steakhouse over in Beverly Hills! This is like my top 3 favorite spots here in LA. The service is great and all of the sides are just delicious. Another cute spot downtown LA would be this place called DAMA! They have the BEST Oxtail tacos I’ve ever tasted. And last but not least, my favorite soul food spot would have to be Uncle Andres over in Studio City. The absolute best Mac and cheese I’ve had, aside from my moms lol
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my friends. JaQuel, Christian, Bianca, Sean, Draico and Rhap. My friends are my backbone and without them, living here in LA would be probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to achieve. Coming from Atlanta, moving to a new state and working in the industry was pretty scary. Finding good people and good energy makes it all worth while. I would also like to dedicate this to my heart and soul, Raphael Thomas. He is my rock and my lighthouse and I’m so blessed to have him in my life. Last but not least, I want to recommend a book I’ve read time and time again called “The war of art” by Steven Pressfield. Such an amazing read!