We had the good fortune of connecting with Asha Bee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Asha, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Being an entrepreneur is all about taking risks and I take them every day. Whether it’s with a new financial investment, another business endeavor or when I’m on set. It makes life much more exciting and worth living. I’d have to say the riskiest of my adventures usually fall within acting due to the emotional and physical vulnerability I subject myself to. At times I have to resurface some of the most heartbreaking moments of my life because the scene requires it. Many people don’t realize the strains that come with this line of work. Imagine every day you go to work you have to be someone else mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, etc. That’s what working actors do. Whether we’re auditioning, in class or on set. We have to become who the client wants us to be and most times that isn’t our self. Not to mention, some of the physical risks especially when you have to learn an activity minutes before it’s filmed. That said, some of my new favorite and risky-ish skills acquired from set are: ice skating, kayaking in a lake with blue-green algae, skateboarding and blocking head kicks. Ya know, those activities where you just might not come out the same way you went in! But the rush and knowledge from experiences like this make it worth it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a renaissance woman, dabbling in a little bit of everything. Just learning, adapting with the times and creating my place in the world. As an entrepreneur, actress, model and mentor. I’m excited and proud to share that 2020 has been a fairly successful year despite the chaos in the world and in my personal life. I had the opportunity to be a part of some awesome film festivals, one of which we secured four awards for the film Soul Custody, winning: Best Cutting Edge Film, Best Feature Film, Best Supporting Actor and Best Actress awarded to me at the San Diego Black Film Festival. We also went on to the Toronto Black Film Market for another exciting premiere and upon returning to the states, BOOM! COVID hits and the other film festivals were canceled (sad face) no France, no more film festival tour. Things came to a halt with the film and work has slowed as many productions wait for restrictions to be lifted or find ways to work around it. Like many others this pandemic has been one of the main challenges for my work. But all in all it has still been a pretty decent year with commercial opportunities and growth in my other endeavors. Currently, I am uber focused on building a new brand with the goal of uniquely helping people live their best and most youthful life. I’m excited to share the content I’ve been working on in hopes to guide others to a more fulfilling life through my research, experiences and knowledge. I am set start releasing content by the end of January 2021 on platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, and my business website.
Apart from my tenacious nature, drive and hard work; I consciously practice gratitude and believe that is a huge contributor to my personal and professional growth. Finding the light and opportunity in undesirable circumstances is the type of energy that separates me from others. I think of my life as my garden. The seeds I plant and water transform into the people and things within that garden. They are the flowers, the plants, the grass, the fruits, the trees, the rockbeds, the pond etc. And as long as I nurture the life and treasure the things in my garden it’ll flourish. It’s important to pay attention, learn from, and be grateful for the people and things around you both positive and negative. Be attentive to how you treat others and how the people around you move, learn from their successes and failures, acknowledge what they’ve taught you and use it to facilitate your growth. This is one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned and the reason I want for nothing, because I appreciate everything.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
That’s tough! There are so many places that come to mind for fun and entertainment in Colorado. The outdoor life is breathtaking, literally and figuratively! Cherry Creek State Park is a lovely location with plenty of activities. There’s horseback riding, jet skiing, camping, boating, a shooting range, and other recreations. It’s also nice not having to always drive to the mountains to enjoy the outdoors. Although, I do love having the mountain option, especially for zipline tours. One of the dopest spots is the Royal Gorge out in Canon City, Colorado. There’s something about ziplining over a canyon that brings a new meaning to life.
In my opinion, the food scene in Colorado is still mediocre. However, there are a few hidden gems: Welton Street Cafe is where one can find delicious soul food, Sushi Den is hands down the best sushi, and the breakfast at Le Peep off of County Line Rd is awesome! Also, I hear the new hot spot for art, eateries and nightlife is the RiNo District. I have yet to explore this newly developed area but it’s certainly on my to do list.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I get so much love and support from others, it’s bananas! My mom is the best and swears I can do any and everything. I am very fortunate to have her and my stepdad always pushing me down a path of growth. All of my family, friends, and colleagues that have helped me find work, stayed up til the wee hours of the night reading for auditions and just their overall support of my many endeavors. My coaches, agents, clients and all the people who don’t know me personally but still support my journey. Another noteworthy inspiration comes from Atomic Habits by James Clear. He brings to life a motivation that highlights the importance of identifying the behaviors necessary to develop a routine. A way of life that provides a structure and balance that nurtures personal and professional growth. I am truly blessed that the universe aligns the stars in my favor and place gems in my life that contribute in bringing my goals to fruition.
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