Jasmine Kaur Mann believes in the human experience and that all of our journey’s are connected through the cosmos. After years of writing for herself she decided to self-publish Swimming in Stars to showcase the essence of both the human and spiritual experience for others. The compilation of her writings is for those passionately in love: in love with the universe, in love with someone who doesn’t love them back, and the ones learning to love themselves.
Akash: Hey Jasmine, so great to sit down and talk to you. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a while now and I’m really fascinated with your work! I already know who you are but for the readers who might need an introduction, can you kindly share a little bit about yourself?
Jasmine: Well first off, thank you so much for having me. I’m the self-published author of Swimming in Stars as well as a business analyst for an aerospace company located in Southern California. I also do lifestyle modeling, and acting in my spare time.
Akash: It’s really impressive that you do a wide variety of things such as, modelling, acting and writing. What came first?
Jasmine: Honestly, writing came first because I don’t think modeling for my mom as a toddler counts. I remember waking up as a kid on a beautiful Saturday morning so in awe of the sunrise I had to write about it; what it looked like; how it made me feel and I can definitely say after all these years, I’m still if not more, in love with the sun. Then when I was a teenager my friend Tiffany Wisniewski and I started taking creative pictures as a hobby. She was interested in photography and I loved being in front of the camera so after a few years I started researching the industry to get more involved.
Akash: and how did the rest follow?
Jasmine: Well, I moved from Michigan to California about three years ago since I was also interested in acting. It only made sense because reaching my specific goals was going to be impossible unless I put myself in the heart of it all. I knew moving to LA was the golden ticket to living the versatile lifestyle I always dreamed of. Not to mention, my love for the sunshine and being surrounded by inspirational people whose visions were more aligned with mine in both the business and creative world was important to me.
Akash: You and I both know that being an entrepreneur is tough, every day is basically a work day haha. How do you stay motivated every day?
Jasmine: There are a few things I do to stay motivated. First, I focus on self-improvement because once I master organizing my life I know everything else will get easier and fall in place. Next, I surround myself with people who motivate me. Three, I read at least a few articles every other day of other people who are doing great things and how they pushed through the long nights. Finally, I wake up and motivate myself. Really, I know it sounds silly but I’ll wake up every day and be like “Ok Jasmine, you got this,” “Don’t forget why you’re doing this.” Being your own cheerleader is so important and can make a huge difference on how you take on each day. There’s a reason why so many successful people talk about how important your mindset is and I guess positively talking to yourself is a small piece of that.
Akash: Have you faced any obstacles along the way?
Jasmine: Of course! It is easy to see the romanticized version so often but it’s definitely not like that. Self-publishing isn’t easy. I remember staying in the office late into the night, tears of frustration because I was beyond exhausted but working on my own deadline. Even after having it edited by someone I had to go through and fix things up. I remember making updates and losing all my work. As for acting and modeling, of course! It’s still so tough to find auditions and roles as a minority.
Akash: What were some of the biggest lessons that has impacted the way that you work? What was the lesson, and what was it like before and after?
Jasmine: Don’t make announcements until things are close to done or completely finished. I don’t regret telling people about my book because pre-orders were a great gauge of sales but if it comes to other business ventures, passion projects, etc. I know it wouldn’t be wise because it not only puts more pressure on you, it’s someone that should be fueled from within, not by what other people think of it. It’s easy to forget in a society where we thrive off sharing every detail of our lives.
Akash: Every entrepreneur has failed a couple of times – I’m not going to force you to tell us about your failures but how did you deal with failures?
Jasmine: Let me ask you this. Why is failure seen as a bad thing? It stems from the fear of rejection, and that’s not something humans like to feel. I think I was rejected so much as a child growing up that failure isn’t a fear. Freshmen year of high school I tried out for every sports team besides cheerleading per my mom’s request and didn’t make a single one. The next year I begged my mom to let me try out for competitive cheer season and I made it. I wasn’t as experienced as the other girls but I was a self-taught gymnast with a passion. My point is, I’m prepared to fail as many times as it takes because at the end of the day whatever I do isn’t just to succeed, it’s to have the freedom to work on all the things I love. I have lots of interests and I know I won’t be a subject matter expert on everything but I know it’s possible to learn, and when you’re learning and practicing failure is inevitable. In fact, it’s the best way to learn.
Akash: Let’s talk about your book Swimming in Stars! Summarize it by using one word.
Akash: Powerful! How did you come up with the name? What’s the meaning behind it?
Jasmine: The opening line on the first page of my book is, “We could be swimming in stars, napping in a nebula, or floating in the Milky Way, but instead, we’re getting sucked into black holes.” This was a quote I made up when I was about 8 or 9 years old. I’m a huge astronomy nerd and love anything and everything to do with space so it only seemed fitting to call it swimming in stars. It’s also the name of my old blog on WordPress I created back in 2011.
Akash: What inspired the book? I understand you touch on a lot of personal topics such as toxic relationships, but what made you want to write about/publish it?
Jasmine: When I started writing my goal wasn’t to write a book. I was just blogging away with only a handful of followers on WordPress and sharing some of my content on Instagram. Soon enough I had people reach out, telling me my writing was exactly what they needed to hear. It was making a positive impact not only on my own healing process but others as well. Right then I knew this had to become a book and my journey to publishing began. It felt like one of my life’s purposes to get my art out there as a way of starting a new chapter of my life and as a way of helping others heal their wounds. It was also the perfect channel to simply expose readers to a new raw way of thinking from another’s perspective.
Akash: When did you start writing poetry?
Jasmine: I’d say I was around eight years old. I took a break during college because it just wasn’t happening as naturally. I can’t force it, it only happens when I’m feeling some type of way and am in my zone. When it does, I let it out like word vomit, and then look back it at it later like “Whoa, I don’t even remember writing this.”
Akash: What exciting things do you have going on in the upcoming future that we should know about?
Jasmine: I’m definitely going to take some time to just breathe and align myself before I jump into a new venture but I can tell you I’m teaming up with the Boss Babe network. It’s a branding school for millennial women. I’ll be hosting weekly broadcasts all about business, building your brand, and more.
Akash: That’s amazing! If you could travel back in time and tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
Jasmine: “Stand up for yourself.” I’m an avid believer of “Everything happens for a reason,” because it made me who I am today but there were too many times I was too nice. I allowed people to take advantage of me, walk all over me, or bully me both verbally and physically and I didn’t do anything about it. I was too scared and embarrassed but if I could go back in time I would’ve given my younger-self stronger armor.
Akash: Are you an avid reader? What are you reading right now?
Jasmine: I’m not as much as I used to be since Harry Potter was my life in junior high and high school but I’m currently reading The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People as continuous improvement is so important.
Akash: Jasmine, it’s been a delight having the chance to interview you. How can our readers follow your journey?
Jasmine: My personal website is www.JasmineKaurMann.com and my IG handle is @jasminekaurmann. My book, Swimming in Stars can be found on amazon as well as under the Shop section of my website.
Akash: Thank you again for your time Jasmine!
Jasmine: It was great talking to you too and thank you again for having me!