We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica DeShong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always loved the idea of working in children’s programming, but I knew what I wanted to create within the industry didn’t exist yet. The goal with my Youtube Kid’s channel “Miss Jessica’s World” is to help foster the love of learning through music, movement and cultural exploration. Kids have incredible imaginations and generous amounts of curiosity. I want my show to be a smorgasbord of ideas and fun experiences they can learn from and enjoy.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I want to be the modern day Mister Rogers. I hope to foster the love of learning in kids through music, movement and cultural exploration. What sets me apart is the fact that I’m still so curious about the amazing world we live. Many adults lose that sense of curiosity. I hope to provide today’s kids with a plethora of experiences and fun learning opportunities that they may not have otherwise been exposed to.
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.
Ha, well, now that we are still in quarantine, the best place I’ve come to know is sitting around my dining room table playing board games with my husband. I love it. In general, my go-to food is boba tea and Korean food. I also really enjoy live comedy so the Groundlings is a place I will frequent once everything opens up again. 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?
I am eternally grateful to my mom for so many things, but especially for my love of music. She surrounded me with music my entire life from my waking hours to when I would fall asleep. In fact, at night she would have me fall asleep to cassettes of children singing in four part harmony. There would also be a story with a moral being shared on the cassette programs. It always made my imagination run wild and I loved it!
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