We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Rafael and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmine, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued an artistic creative career because it just makes me so happy. I love telling stories so much, I love getting lost and zoned out in creating whether it be through dance, singing, acting. I’m so appreciative of every chance I have gotten to make any money doing this. I’ve seen it move people in ways that are so special to that single moment, it’s pretty powerful, and it requires you to be emotionally available to the work, which has helped refine me to be a better, compassionate, and happier person in my life.
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 not sure if anything sets me apart from others, and I think that’s actually really cool. I love how deep inside, we are all so different, but so, the same. This helps me so much in my work as an actor, access the most personal points of the human experience through my life and somehow it resonates with others. I got to where I am today professionally with a lot of dedication, nay, obsession with my craft. A lot of following my heart. A lot of support from people around me, and a lot a lot a lot of decision making and following through, while staying flexible. It wasn’t necessarily easy throughout the process, but the choice to follow my heart is always pretty easy to make. I learned that to overcome your challenges, you have to always remember why you are doing something: anything we want is because we think we will feel good in having it, so try your best to feel good most of the time and it comes easier. I want the world to know that when I was the happiest and most successful, my biggest jobs, is when I let go of the struggle for it to come, I followed my heart to go to New York and I booked the VMA’s, I said no to a Billboards Audition because the description didn’t feel right and they called me and I still got the job, I followed love and it made me a better person and a better artist. I always knew I was going towards something, and that has helped me, and has me so excited for more.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Visiting Los Angeles? Oooh! So many places, but my favorite spot in the entire city is this lookout over in Downtown, off of Hope Street, called Angels Knoll Park. It was the spot in the movie “500 Days of Summer”, where they sit on the bench. Gosh, I can’t wait til I go there next. So many great places to eat: Silverlake, West Hollywood, Pasadena, North Hollywood (shoutout! Lived there for ten whole years) I love LA!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Absolutely! My family has been there for me through thick and thin. My father passed away when I was younger, and my mom always encouraged us to do what we wanted to do growing up. My brother is like a father to me. He has supported me through every single decision, no matter how hard that can be letting go of expectations that we previously had for my life. He has provided me many opportunities to perform and create as well, and I treasure it all. My little sister is my greatest confidante, supporter, and friend. I look up to her and cannot wait to see her do incredible things. I also want to shoutout my future sister-in-law Alyssa, and her family, Tito Marlon, Tita Arlene, Ryan, and Lauren, as well as my stepdad Gel, my stepbrothers Tim, Jon, and Noah and stepsister Kurina. We are one big, happy family.
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