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Conversations with the Inspiring Jeroslyn JoVonn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeroslyn JoVonn.

Jeroslyn, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I studied Media & Communications at SUNY Old Westbury. But, I found it very hard to get a job in media straight out of college. After working various jobs, I decided to start my own blog in 2013 called MaseTV. I did that for a few years and felt like I was working too hard and still not really in the “industry”. So I decided to apply for an internship at a popular LA-based blog site. I was older than everyone else, but I saw how much I could be an asset to the growing blog and vice versa. I would write stories and find ways to help out even more. I soon started covering media events in NYC and helping to manage their social media. This evolved into hosting a street interview segment around the city and traveling back and forth from NYC to LA.

Within a year of starting as an unpaid intern working a full-time office job, I was offered the position of Managing Editor and asked to relocate to LA in two weeks! I made my decision pretty quick and moved to LA to really begin my career in Hollywood. I started covering major red carpet events, press junkets and hosting their radio show. It led to my current position as Managing Editor for ONSITE! and freelance host and writer for AfterBuzzTV and Screenrant. I also work as an Associate Editor for health and wellness brand LIVESTRONG. I have made a living for myself by doing the things I truly enjoy doing every single day and it feels very rewarding.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Nothing is smooth about your journey. My journey hasn’t been easy, but it’s been well worth it. Some of the struggles I’ve had to endure were staying faithful throughout the years I didn’t have a job or internship in media. I can remember being down and out about working office jobs and not working within my desired field of media and entertainment. It took me staying diligent, creative and focused while mostly faithful. God already had the plan set. I just needed to learn how to trust the process.

Another struggle was during my job transition in LA. I got a real hardcore lesson on the shady side of Hollywood and it left me feeling very defeated. It took some soul searching, deep prayer, and therapy to help me get back to my inner true self. Hollywood is a very tough industry with some really damaged people at the top and it can leave you feeling like you got your soul sucked out of you.

It’s important to maintain balance by spending time with the people who know you best and centering yourself during your free time. It’s very hectic and time-consuming, so it’s vital to keep your mind, body, and spirit healthy and able. Also, there is plenty of opportunities out there. So don’t ever let anyone make you feel like they own you or that you’ll be nothing without them. Don’t be afraid to walk away from a toxic work environment. There is always better available elsewhere. Trust the process.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m a Host, Writer and Media Correspondent. I’m most known for covering celebrity news and entertainment for popular blogs and media platforms. I have covered major red carpet events in Los Angeles and NYC and have sat for one-on-one interviews with the likes of Diddy, Regina Hall, DJ Khaled, Terry Crews, and many more.

I help lead editorial teams toward success and strengthen the writing ability of journalists who are passionate about their craft. Through my hosting work, I cover a variety of topics within the realm of Hollywood, pop culture, and television.

I specialize in on-air correspondence, blogging, social media management, editing, and creative direction. People like working with me because I’m a results-driven person who focuses on the bottom line and finding solutions rather than focusing on the issue. I am a very colorful person who is a pretty open book. It doesn’t take too long to be around me before I start blabbing my mouth away about any and everything. I love discourse among people, I think that’s what makes life so much more enjoyable.

I pride myself in staying true to myself in this industry. I can bump into someone who I haven’t seen in over a year and hit it off with them like we talk every day. People enjoy my energy and I take great pride in that.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
My favorite book is the Holy Bible. It keeps me grounded. I read about two scriptures a day through my Bible app. I listen to meditations through the Oprah & Deepak Chopra app.

Praying and meditating on a daily basis is what helps me do and be my best self every day. I still have bad days because I’m human, but I try to be better with every day that I’m blessed to wake up to.

I do leisure reading as well. During my free time, I’m currently wrapping up “The Hollywood Commandments” by DeVon Franklin and also listening to Bishop T.D. Jakes’s latest book on Audible “Crushing”.

I’m also a “Millennial Churcher” as I like to refer to myself because I’m always going to church on YouTube. I like to watch sermons by TD Jakes, Sarah Jakes Roberts and her husband Pastor Toure. I also check out Elevation Church sermons with Pastor Steven.

I tend to lean more towards self-empowerment books and sermons because I find those things help me stay centered and hear God’s still voice more clearly. I most recently started Reiki therapy which I absolutely love. I’m due for another appointment with my girl Soraya and White Light 26 in West Hollywood.

You’ll need to maintain balance and stable energy if you work in Hollywood.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @JeroslynDiva

Image Credit:
Shellblair Photo (For the two pics of me in the neon sweater)

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