We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeroslyn JoVonn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeroslyn, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The success of my brand comes from two things: consistency in what I do best and showing and sending love to my peers and supporters. Since I’ve embarked on a career in media I’ve constantly pushed myself to keep going no matter what my current circumstances were. There were times when I was working a full-time job at a company or in a role that didn’t align with my passion. But, I allocated my free time to fulfilling my passion. I started my own website or interned with a media outlet until it led to a full-time position. Through that dedication and determination it has led me to a full-time career as a journalist. I weigh the success of my brand on how and who I’m able to connect with. As a journalist and correspondent, the more connected I am to the outside world, the more response I receive on my work. Whether the response is good, bad, or a healthy mix of both, I look at public responses and reactions to my work as success. When people reach out for inspiration or advice, it makes me smile. That also feels like success to me. Being viewed as a source for information has always been a goal and natural passion of mine. Control of my time and how I get work done is another form of success in my eyes. Not having anyone looking over my shoulder monitoring how I share my creativity gives me the peace of mind I need to own my success.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I look at my form of journalism as artistic and creative because of the freedom I have in telling the story and conveying the message. As an entertainment journalist, it’s your job to bring the news to life and entertain and engage the reader while informing and educating them at the same time. I find that in writing, I become someone new each time and it feels so refreshing and exciting. I’ve known since a child that I never wanted to do and experience the same thing everyday. Through media, I’m able to express myself in new ways. Finding new ways to express my creativity in the form of a web series, podcast, and even TikTok videos makes me proud and happy. The journey here hasn’t been easy, and it’s still not easy. I have to work in order to get paid. I have to manage my time efficiently in order to get things done. But, I am in control of it all and I trust myself to do it. I want the world to look at me as a dreamer and doer. A true fierce and focused go getter who isn’t afraid to be bold, stand out, and make a statement. (I add those hashtags to every post on my Instagram because I’ve been branding myself for years.)
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?
Being from NYC and living in LA is so dope when it comes to getting visits from friends. Since I’m still learning the area, I resort to Yelp to find and feel out where to go out to eat. But, my personal favorite is West Hollywood for bar hopping and dancing. I always try to squeeze in a beach day if possible because East Coasters can’t get enough of the top-quality beach vibes LA brings. For the late night, knowing somebody having a kickback is always a win and a great way to network and connect with new people.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to my mentor Sanya Hudson-Payne. She also works in media and hosts her radio show Sanya On-Air. I met her while I still in Undergrad and she instantly took me under her wing. I’ve always been able to go to her for career guidance, advice on adjusting to adulthood, love, friendship, and anything else that life brings you. Since moving to Los Angeles from NYC I haven’t been able to spend as much physical time with her like we used to always do. It makes me value her presence that much more. In the 10 years that we’ve known each other I’ve come to see what a real mentor looks like because of her. She inspires me and gives me the push I need in the moments when I’m too weak to push myself. I cherish the role she plays in my life and look forward to playing that same role in someone else’s life. It’s all about paying it forward and being a blessing to others so you can keep your pathway clear to receive more blessings.
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