We had the good fortune of connecting with Moushumi Ghose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Moushumi, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I got laid off for the first time from a tech company back in the early dot-com boom of the early 2000’s. Getting laid off made me feel completely helpless – someone can take away your livelihood just like that! When I got laid off I was also playing in a band that was gigging around Los Angeles pretty regularly, so this was a blessing in disguise as 9 to 5 job didn’t bode well while being a musician anyway. It was the layoff and playing in a rock band that inspired me to work for myself. It wasn’t so cut and dry though, going back to grad school, I was playing in a band while getting my degree, then getting my hours to become a licensed therapist was basically working full time. After I passed the licensing exam I got down to the task of building my business. For many years, simultaneously building a psychotherapy business and being a musician was a lot. I was exhausted and burning the candle at both ends for many years. It took a good decade of doing both to finally get to a place of balance. Now I work for myself, get to be creative not just in music but in my work as a psychotherapist, too. I feel like I have finally hit my stride, and it was definitely all worth it!!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As an artist, I find outlets everywhere to tell stories! For example, In my work as a sex therapist, I took a deep dive and made a documentary film series, about sex & religion and the conflicting messages of the two. I’ve also created a youtube channel, which led to me making music videos in my musical project. Who knew I loved making videos! I’ve also written articles and published books. Working for myself really helped me find these outlets. What sets my work apart is my passion to dismantle myths about sexuality. And, to bring this information out of the office and into the world. The internet has given me the freedom to share information. My biggest lesson has been, if you want something done, do it yourself. Too many people wait for the right opportunity to come along, the right producer to pick up your film, the right label to pick up your music, the right publisher, but if you wait, who knows if it will happen. You have to take your choices into your hands and create the things you want. Start now and the rest will come if you trust the process.
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?
The hikes, and the mountains are my favorite place to start. Seeing the sprawling views, then walk around downtown and grab a drink, go to a few museums. Go up to the 73rd floor at the Spire Building and see the view. Then, make sure to go to Koreatown and get some Korean BBQ and peruse the Japanese and Korean dollar stores. If you love the beach, drive down Malibu Canyon from the Valley to get the full canyon/beach experience. Definitely walk around Sunset Blvd just once on a Saturday night perhaps, where old rock ‘n’ roll still lives and get a drink at the Rainbow.
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’d love to send a shout out to my sex therapy friends! So many people in the field understand the need to pursue creative passions, and I get more support here than from anywhere else, understanding that you can multiple passions, and multiple businesses! I’d also love to recognize my partner and my throup! I couldn’t do it without their love and support!
Instagram: @moushumighose or @losangelessextherapy
Isabella Frapier took the first photo at Womxn Who Wonder Also Flower Pot LA