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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jade

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jade.

Hi Jade, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My story began soon after I graduated college.

I had much healing to do after the circumstances of my experiences there, but I found that through my love of writing and storytelling, I could work through and process my grief.

I met some local Jfashion enthusiasts who encouraged my love of alternative style, and soon my platform Jadedisland kicked off.

I loved writing about my journey, exploring style, and just sharing my love of all things pink and whimsical, but my world wasn’t without the gritty realness of my process with grief.

I’m grateful that I connected with like-minded individuals over time as style, pink energy, and more built over the platform.

It encouraged me to keep going and keep pushing on ahead. Pink became a way for me to communicate and express myself visually. It’s the driving force for a lot of my content, but underneath it all, I am just a writer who has a love of cute things.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I wish it had been a smooth road; I really do! As my platform grew, I struggled with community leaders who took advantage of me, cyberbullying, and harassment. The worst of it was seeing how even moments of Black joy could incite such cruelty from strangers online.

Over time I found ways to utilize protections on Instagram and my Facebook page so that I lower the risk of seeing hateful or derogatory comments from strangers. I know personally that I don’t engage online with the intent to harm anyone, and most of my content is just me being myself and trying to encourage others.

However, my style sometimes makes others feel like they can say anything, especially on Facebook. I never want someone who follows me to feel like they can’t exist as themselves, seek their joy, or not feel safe in my online space.

So for the naysayers who like to circle platforms of Black creatives to be rude, know I’ll never stop sharing Black joy, imagination, and creativity.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Jadedisland is a writer in the business of storytelling with a pink twist. My website offers some blog space to share information about things my community might find interesting.

Keep me in mind for short story, poetry, and episodic fiction commissions. Book my time to review creative projects with my insights and knowledge to encourage your personal or creative projects in the right direction. Get in touch to collaborate on writing, marketing, and publishing work.

As a Media and Content Writer, you’ll find that I specialize in work for fashion, art, and fiction-based commissions. My favorite things to work on are PR Kits, website copy, social media campaigns for other brands, and small shops.

I’m a specialist in writing engaging for unheard voices; my skills are to make you shine in your brand voice. With my English literature and psychology background, I offer unique insights into emotive language.

Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
My most significant risk was investing in myself. I don’t come from a well-off family, nor am I a stranger to poverty and homelessness.

I was so scared to risk what little money I had on getting a domain, a website, and just putting myself out there. I feel like if you have lived in poverty, risking your stability to pursue a creative career is anxiety-inducing every day. I started to view risks for my career as necessary ways to push myself and grow.

Without a bit of risk, I wouldn’t be where I am now; it’s brave and sometimes messy but essential to experiencing life. My next steps are working towards LLC/ Nonprofit for my platform and my second one. That will be the next risk, but I am ready for it.

Pricing:

  • Copywriting is $10 a page
  • Short Story Commissions start at $80
  • Blog Article $50
  • Sensitivity Reading $25

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1 Comment

  1. Janice

    June 21, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    Beautiful article about an incredibly creative spirit. Thank you for sharing this inspirational story.

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