We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Imani and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, one of the most rewarding things about getting to know so many entrepreneurs and creatives is seeing first-hand how many of them are focused on so much more than just financial results. So many of the folks we connect with are focused on having a positive social impact on their community or the world at large. Can you talk to us about how you are helping the community?
I’ve experienced so many people expressing the way I’ve impacted them. They have shared with me that while watching my content, it brings them to a happy care-free space. I believe it allows them to channel that inner childlike self that so many of us should be in touch with. Our childlike selves were always happy and excited, we had no worries, enjoyed learning, and fear was almost nonexistent. The time that I decided to share more of my talents with the world, was and is currently a time of much darkness. However, we have to continue to live and search for positivity. I’m happy to bring the world more light.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My music is very different and my tone is very unique. I’ve gone through many phases throughout my music career so far, searching for a direction to stick with. As we all know, the music industry has changed and it now requires most artists to have somewhat of a foundation, brand or following. This could be tricky because it forces you into to an independent lifestyle, requiring you to find your own niche and invest in yourself. I would say that was the hardest part for me. I initially never wanted to post myself rollerskating because I didn’t to be placed in a box. However, now that I’ve hit the green button, it’s starting to become clearer to me about how to transition everything into my music. The other challenge was the financial spectrum. I spent much time working 9 to 5’s to survive and barely have enough to put into my career. I have now been able to monetize my following online as well as having side hustles to now permit the time and money for my career. Trust me, I’ve had my days of being homeless and broke, but the reward is worth the risk, and I’m a witness of that now!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would first take them to the beach to tap into that beautiful energy. It’s nothing like laying out, meditating, and eating on the beach. Next, we would go up the mountains to overview the city. That view makes you feel so empowered and free! While driving up, you’d see all of the beautiful homes to get some inspiration. Depending on the vibe, I’d say let’s grab food at either Ysabel, Catch LA, or Harriet’s to name a few. Brunch is also very good at Met Her at A Bar! After resting for a bit, we slide to a skating rink of course! If it’s winter, we could drive to Big Bear or Mammoth, to ski and snowboard. So much fun! I can’t ever forget about Six Flags Magic Mountain, hands down one of my favorite places ever! Lastly, I’d suggest hitting a farmer’s market to grab fresh fruit and many other items. All in all, there are SO MANY fun things to do in LA, a week just wouldn’t be enough time to touch it all.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give much props and recognition to my mentor Glen Coutinho who is constantly drilling me about self-discipline and consistency. He repeatedly reminds me of how important it is to consistently do something or a task. He isn’t ashamed to remind me about my value and worth as an individual and a businesswoman. I encourage everyone to purchase his book titled, “The People Lover,” as it is literally one of my favs! He also has a number of videos online.