We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Meadows and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmine, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I think this is a very relevant topic when it comes to acting, the profession I have so bravely chosen. It hasn’t been an easy journey by any means, however, it is extremely rewarding. I couldn’t really see myself giving up on something that brings me so much joy and the ability to explore all aspects of my creativity. I think the question of giving up or continuing on any path truly comes down to the individual and how they see the rest of their lives. It isn’t just a matter of quitting or defeat, it can simply be that you believe in your heart of hearts that you have given every thing you can to something. It can also mean that maybe this path isn’t the end all for you and your life. You could need to give something up to find something that could possibly be that much better. So when people ask me this question when it comes to my acting career, I chuckle and politely say, “It’s not a question of giving up, its whether this is the path I am meant to be on. Right now, it is so I’m gonna keep going.” Life has a funny way of throwing us curve balls when we least expect it, and if I was so firm in not changing my path because I didn’t want to be seen as a quitter I could potentially miss out on some amazing things that were truly meant for me. So, I truly believe all you can do is keep going until you truly believe you can’t, or until something else pulls you in another direction. Either way, I don’t think giving up should be seen as a negative in certain circumstances.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being an actress is such a fun path to navigate. So many ups and downs and multiple jobs being held all the while. I have been through it all, the ugly, the glamorous, the straight up rejection, the bookings, the holds. It is not a path for the weak, but my god is it rewarding. I have finally after a few years of being out in LA found somewhat of a balance between auditioning and finding a job that allows me the flexibility to continue my journey. I have always been a very self aware human being, so I knew there were things I wouldn’t do in order to survive and I never wanted to work a job I didn’t love. It was always something I knew I had to figure out and work just as hard to find that balance. There were times when I would go into debt or just live paycheck to paycheck because I wouldn’t work just any job. This is because I know myself and how I operate. It made it a little more tricky for me while pursuing acting, but I had faith. I don’t know what the future holds for me but I know that I have so much to give the world, whether it is my craft, my creativity, my amazing cooking skills, the possibilities are endless. No one story is ever the same, something I had to remind myself numerous times while trying to acclimate to a life of uncertainty. I want people to know that they shouldn’t hold themselves to other peoples successes, failures, relationships, etc. People need to know that even though on the outside it may seem like someone has it easy that there is a good chance they have dealt with just as much if not more than anyone could ever imagine. I want to inspire people to take the path that isn’t typical, find your way however you can as long as it makes you happy. My story is just beginning, never ending and always thrilling. Continual growth and being self aware has gotten me so far in this world and I can’t wait to see how I flourish this year with all the challenges I have overcome, personally, financially and otherwise. All I can say is stay tuned for the greatness that is about to happen, I don’t know when or where, but it’s going happen and I can’t wait.
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.
I’m a big foodie, so all of my friends who visit have to be ready to eat and drink. It is a little bit different now with the pandemic and things being closed and limited but I have still found some amazing places that I would take them. I would start with some activity to get us going, most likely a hike that isn’t overpopulated that has enough of a view that it is worth the sweat. Then we would head out to a brunch, The Six is one of my favorite brunch spots. The food is amazing as well as the drinks. Ventura Blvd is also a must see, so walking up and down that road after brunch would continue our caloric burn while also taking in the nice weather and small businesses up and down the street. For dinner I would take them to Castaway in Burbank. It is one of the most amazing places I have ever been to, from the scenery to the ambiance to the service. Hands down Castaway is a must go for any of my friends when they visit! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I know its very cliche to thank your parents, but my god do they deserve it. I don’t think they would be expecting a shoutout like this so this would be really amazing to share it with them. My parents didn’t have to support me when it came to the choice of pursing my acting career, but they did and they did it without criticism or doubt. I thank my lucky stars every day that I have they most supporting and understanding parents I could have asked for. I moved 3,000 miles away from them to chase a dream, a dream that I wasn’t sure would actually be possible but knew I had to try. They didn’t put up a fight, ask me what else I wanted to do, they let me explore and discover and grow. I truly don’t know where I would be without them. Not only am I still pursuing my acting career coming up on my 7th year out in LA, but I am also opening myself up to other opportunities and continuing my self growth. I know that they are the main source of my strength and my determination when it comes to who I am and what I am doing with my life. For that I am forever indebted to them and believe that they deserve the biggest shoutout!
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