Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmina Price.
Hi Jasmina, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’m Jasmina, a 29-year-old realtor, business owner, and boxing coach!
I was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated from UMBC in 2013. I loved learning, but I didn’t love college, so I did everything I could to graduate as quickly as possible. I got a degree in Political Science and Media in just three years.
Since I graduated early, I had the option to either go to law school, get a job, or take a year off. I had every intention of going to law school. I took the LSAT (several times), but honestly, something in my spirit was telling me to run the other way. So, I did! I’ve always had this idea in the back of my mind of opening a boxing gym with my dad. My dad, better known as Coach Dave, was a professional boxer and 2x World Title contender way back in the day.
I was raised in a gym. I grew up watching my dad doing the coolest jump rope tricks, hitting the speed bag, and sparring famous champions. When my dad became a little too “seasoned” to fight, he started training fighters. My dad has been all over the world training world-class fighters and making headlines on Showtime and ESPN. I was lucky enough to have been given a trust fund, so naturally, instead of getting another degree, I set out to create the greatest boxing gym anyone has ever seen.
Fast forward a year, I opened Sweet Science Boxing, Baltimore’s premier waterfront boxing gym. I personally funded my gym. I found our location and hired contractors and architects to build our dream. I painted the walls myself. I hand-picked every piece of equipment. I meticulously planned every detail of Sweet Science. I moved to Fells just so I watch the builders make this dream of mine come true. I trained with my dad for months learning how to hold pads, and how to wrap hands like a pro.
Over time, we grew into a Fells Point staple full of misfits mixed with CEOs and stay-at-home moms. It was a perfect mix of bougie, down-to-earth, 90’s hip hop, and good vibes. My father and I worked a day in and day out to keep that place open, and we truly fell in love with our clients who became family to us.
However, to whom much is given, much is required. Unfortunately, the cost of running a business became too much for us not just financially, but physically as well. I planned for EVERYTHING, but I didn’t plan for the fact that I would change. I started Sweet Science when I was 22 years old. I never accounted for how much the things I wanted out of life would change as I got older. I no longer wanted to carry the weight of the World on my shoulders, so we closed our doors in 2019.
Today, I am a licensed Maryland Realtor with Keller Williams Realty Centre. I never was great at sitting in a cubicle for 8 hours a day lol. I’m grateful that I still have the ability to help my community, just in a different way this time.
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?
It definitely hasn’t always been a smooth ride for me. Being a young girl in the boxing world certainly had its fair share of challenges. It was a struggle to assert myself in a male-dominated industry not only as a trainer but also as a gym owner at 22. Of course, at the time, getting my business off the ground was my biggest challenge. I had no idea what I was in for!
My beloved waterfront location was essentially a money pit. My rent was astronomical and steadily rising annually. I lived across the street and that apartment rent was spicy too. It became increasingly difficult to keep up with payroll and operating costs. But what was the most painful thing to watch wasn’t my dwindling bank account. It was my father’s health. The stress of our business was overwhelming for me, but I failed to realize how it was affecting my father. My dad was almost 60 at the time. His hands would swell like clubs after holding pads for clients and fighters all day. He started taking blood pressure meds and I watched daily the incredible toll my endeavor was taking on my parents.
It took a very long time for me to finally pull the plug on my gym. It was my greatest accomplishment. I couldn’t see life outside of Sweet Science. I built something so special, how can I walk away? What will my clients think? What kind of job can I even get? Who am I without my gym? It was a heartbreaking situation to be in, but after seeing my dad start suffering physically, it suddenly was an easy decision. We closed Sweet Science in February 2019. It was so devastating I couldn’t even be there to watch the guys take the equipment apart. I got a huge forearm tattoo instead of packing up the gym, and that was my way of coping.
I can’t even describe what it feels like to close a business that you were so deeply connected to, but just know, it was earth-shattering. Slowly but surely, things got better. I started working and got my money and my confidence up. It’s been a couple of years, and I am still recovering emotionally and financially from my gym. Some days I think it was not my greatest idea. Most days, I’m so glad I did it. Every day, I am truly grateful for that storm, because I became such a better woman as a result.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I am a licensed Maryland Realtor of Keller Williams Realty Centre. Keller Williams Realty Centre is the top real estate brokerage in Howard County, and one of the top-selling brokerages in the state, and I am very proud to be part of such a prestigious family.
I am really lucky to be given the opportunity to help families find homes to make new memories in. I’m a bit less traditional than most realtors I’ve come across. My experience as a small business owner really makes me more aware of how important it is to make your clients feel special because they are! I made it a point to get to know everyone that came to my gym, and I haven’t lost that as a real estate agent. Helping people on their personal journey, whether it’s fitness or real estate, is something I am so grateful for.
I am always accepting new clients regardless of where they are in their real estate journey. It’s never too early to meet with a professional and come up with a plan to execute your goals! I specialize in assisting home buyers, sellers, and investors in all price points. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Maryland, contact me, I’d love to chat over coffee (or in my case tea lol).
Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
I’ve learned SO MANY LESSONS over the years. Perhaps, the biggest lesson I learned is that you truly never know how strong, smart, resourceful, and resilient you can be until you have no other choice. It’s human nature to choose the easiest way to do everything.
Clearly, something is off with me because I’ve always seemed to run the opposite way of easy. I’m so grateful for my journey because I know exactly who I am and what I am capable of, and that is really powerful.
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