Yesterday, I got the chance to sit down with someone who inspires me, Jasmine Skyy, a girl-centric content creator, entrepreneur, vlogger, and freelance writer. She is a reminder that we don’t need anyone else to believe in our dreams, as long as we believe in ourselves. We talked of empowerment and drive, of facts, art and women. In a world where what should matter most is reduced into a few sentences on a meme and the ridiculous makes the news, it was refreshing to have a conversation with substance, so let’s get to it.
Me: Why don’t you introduce yourself to the readers.
Jasmine: I’m Jasmine. A girl from Queens, born and raised. My full name is actually Jasmine Skyy Forcer. I was supposed to be Skyy Forcer but my dad thought that that was too “Star Wars.”
Me: I thought the Skyy Forcer part of your name was a moniker.
Jasmine: (Laughs) No, it’s really my name. It’s on my birth certificate and everything.
Me: Tell us about what you do, who is Jasmine Skyy?
Jasmine: Generally speaking, I’m a content creator. I write, I create, and I edit. So my skills lie in what I can create with words and visuals using different types of software. I like to think that I am creating feelings, not just a product.
Me: I like that, what a wonderful way to put it. Making a feeling, not just a product. If the saying is true that our eyes are the windows to our souls, then it absolutely matters what we allow ourselves to pay attention to. How does what you do help to counter all of the negative, unrealistic images that we are constantly being bombarded with?
According to Entrepreneur.com a greater percentage of women use social media than their counterparts. It’s no wonder there are so many ads make-up, clothing, dietary etc. aimed at our body image issues, so ladies watch what you allow yourselves to consume!
Jasmine: My viewpoint, when it comes to my craft, is very girl-centric. I believe in uplifting the women around me by encouraging them to get a hobby, do what you love. All too often women grow up waiting for a boyfriend or a relationship or marriage. Relationships are great, don’t get me wrong, but there’s plenty more to your life and your worth than a relationship. By doing what I do, I show women that they can learn new skills and put them together to create amazing pieces. Did you know that 90% of the art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art is made by men? Why is that? Women create amazing works of art too.
Me: I didn’t know that about the MMA. It’s true, when you think about it, most of the names we think of when we think of famous artists are male names.
Jasmine: Exactly, and usually the art itself is of women and they are probably naked or exposed in some way. My professor made a good point when she said that because women were unable to own property in combination with the roles women were expected to fulfill we didn’t have time to develop these things.
Me: You mentioned a professor, so you’re in school as well as working a full-time job and being an entrepreneur? Wow, you really are a superwoman.
Jasmine: (Laughs): Yes, I am a part of this organization called She’s The First, which helps young girls from developing countries become college graduates, and for most of them they are the first generation of college graduates. We raise awareness and funds through donations, cupcake sales and events.
Me: That’s awesome! It sounds as if you’ve had some personal struggles of your own to overcome, tell us about that.
Jasmine: I have struggled and still struggle with overcoming Imposter Syndrome. I sometimes feel like I’m not as skilled or adept as other people and this can get in the way of my finishing a project. I start to feel like there are other people out there who can write better than I or execute it better than I can. I’m really hard on myself when it comes to my writing.
Me: (Sighs) I think we all can relate in one way or another. I know for me it took a lot to overcome that lack of confidence that comes from being so critical about myself. I had to learn that it’s okay to blow your own horn every once in a while.
Imposter syndrome is a real thing. It’s the inability to internalize your accomplishments.
Jasmine: I’m glad you’re doing it now! (Laughs) It’s never too late.
Me: (Laughs) Yeah, that seems to be my theme as of late. So what are some of the things you’re working on now?
Jasmine: I have a YouTube channel, JasmineSkyy Forcer, which showcases beauty, make-up and style. I also have a blog where I share the musings of a 20-something growing up. I also do freelance writing and brand consulting for my friends who own businesses.
Me: You really are a busy woman. I bet it seems like there’s just not enough time in the day. It was good talking with you.
Jasmine: No problem, and thank you.
You can find Jasmine on Instagram
And on her personal blog https:// jasmineskyyforcer.wordpress.com