May 29, 2018
It was a gift to interview the
wonderful photographer and business strategist for creative
entrepreneurs, Jasmine Star, this week for the podcast. She dives
into the process of dropping out of law school to pursue her dreams
and how she became a photographer and business strategist. She
opens up about how her intentional career pivots as a small
business owner that got her to where she is today, how she
strategized, chased her why, and how she created the
life she wanted to live. She has an infectious energy and passion
that I cannot wait to share with y’all.
Straying From ‘Safe’
- Jasmine’s father emigrated from Mexico, and her
mother moved to mainland United States from Puerto
was homeschooled throughout childhood, but through academic
scholarships, she was able to go to college and major in business
administration, then go on to law school.
- As a
first generation college grad, she had placed a pressure on herself
to follow this path.
Jasmine was 25, her mom had a cancer relapse. Not only did her
mother make it through this relapse (she is alive and well today),
but this also made Jasmine think long and hard about what she
wanted her life to look like and law school wasn’t a part of
- “It was leaving me
vacant. I wasn’t living my truth… I am destined and called to do
things other than be on the safe path.”
Pivoting Toward Success
she envisioned the perfect day, she thought of photography, yoga,
interviewing, and writing.
had been limiting herself to what she saw others doing. When she
realized this, she decided to pursue her perfect day and perfect
- “I never gave myself the
opportunity to verbalize what it is that I wanted because in my
mind it didn’t exist.”
started a photography business with her husband and they
experienced such great success that she felt they had no more room
to grow or challenge themselves so she pivoted again.
Chasing Your ‘Why’
- Jasmine recalls a quote from Taylor Swift:
“When you’re chasing two rabbits, you miss them both.” She took
this and applied it to her career.
and her husband took a yearlong sabbatical from the photography
business and planned a strategic risk to jump into business
- As a
business strategist, Jasmine is serving others. We talk about the
balance between serving others while also being a smart
entrepreneur and came to the conclusion that it’s not a balance;
they are one and the same.
- Jasmine is living her mission:
perceived underdogs to pursue their
wild and crazy dreams, to build a business they love, and a life
that makes them proud.”
Jasmine’s Favorite Things
tried pretty much every plant-based cleanse out there and she is
obsessed. It involves eating plant-based foods for three days every
three weeks. She loves the one from Nutrivenience because it is
Cali-based and they deliver right to your doorstep.
yoga done to hip hop music. Incredible, right?
“Ice-T really gets you going in the
Mary Coffee- they roast their beans in Australia!
Looking back, she wishes she
invested in herself and got guidance in the form of mentorship,
coaching, or masterminds sooner. Now, she is the person giving
guidance to those who need it and making businesses all over
“Take bigger risks; jump and the net will
I’m so grateful to Jasmine for
sharing her heart and hope y’all learned as much as I
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