We had the good fortune of connecting with Jazmin Akea and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jazmin, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think that taking risks is the key to becoming successful and has played a major role in my life and career. Before moving to LA, I worked and lived in Chicago, IL. The idea of singing in front of audiences in Los Angeles seemed intimidating and so far-fetched during that time, and I knew I would have to push aside any self-imposed limitations when I moved to LA in order become a confident performer. Taking risks has enabled me to build upon my confidence and become more sure of who I am as a person and as an artist.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Because I am such a spiritual person, I like to channel different muses when I create. I truly resonate with the glamour icons of the 60’s and also love 90’s R&B. When I write songs, it is important for me to understand what tone I want to set for the audience. This can range from R&B to pop to EDM. I think that this is what sets me apart, my depth and spirituality. I always ask producers and engineers what energy and ambiance they would like to create when I write songs or reference tracks for them. If I need to stay lighthearted and upbeat, I embody that energy. If I need to explore darker moods and emotions, I am comfortable doing so as well.
I am most excited about my production company. I love being able to network with different producers and engineers in LA and abroad, and that working virtually has opened my network up to include a global network base. I am also excited to showcase more live music virtually and at the venues that are re-opening around the city.
I managed to get to this point through perseverance and tenacity. It has not been easy, but I have overcome these challenges by remaining positive and surrounding myself with supportive and up-lifting people. One lesson I have learned along the way is that you have to create your own lane in this life. No one is going to hand you anything. You have to create your success and write your own story.
I want the world to know that I am constantly expanding as a brand, artist, and person. This means that I look forward to continuously building a network base that reaches producers and creatives from across the globe. I currently work with producers in LA, Japan, New York, and Amsterdam, and I am confident that the team will only expand from here on out.
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?
If my best friend was visiting and I wanted to show her the best time ever, I would take her to a burlesque show in West Hollywood! I would then take her to have dinner and drinks at the glamorous Delilah or Formosa Cafe in WeHo. We would also visit Bel Air and its iconic luxury homes and topography. In addition, we would experience some of my favorite neighborhoods such as Los Feliz, Silverlake, and Beverly Hills for dining and shopping. I would make sure she experiences the Griffith Observatory, Getty Center, and Lake Hollywood Park to take her seflies in front of the iconic Hollywood sign. Our final highlight would be a day trip to Laguna Beach.
P.S. Most of these things have already happened with my best friend.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The book “You Are A Badass” is a great read for anyone looking to move past their fears and overcome limiting self-beliefs. Everyone experiences self-doubt and fear, and the book really digs into how we can act in spite of these fears in order to become the greatest versions of ourselves. As I have continued to evolve and expand, I find that I refer to different phrases from the book such as: “Nobody who ever accomplished anything big or new or worth raising a celebratory fist in the air did it from their comfort zone. They risked ridicule and failure and sometimes even death.”
I also love the one that reads: “There’s nothing as unstoppable as a freight train full of fuck-yeah.”
Ronald Charles Alex Acosta