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Meet Asha Dahya of GirlTalkHQ.com in Westside

Today we’d like to introduce you to Asha Dahya.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I launched GirlTalkHQ.com in 2012 after being frustrated with my career in media and entertainment. At that stage, I have been working as a host/producer/writer for about 10 years and felt a little lost. In my personal life, I was going through a divorce which impacted my ambitions and decisions about my career drastically. Wanting to re-shape my identity post-divorce, I realized how important the women in my community were to me. That helped me find my passion for wanting to elevate women’s voices via the media and I launched GirlTalkHQ.com with that mission in mind.

Today, it has become a go-source for female empowerment for women across the world who want to share their stories, promote their projects, and connect with other like-minded women who want to be part of a supportive, empowering and thriving community.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t all been smooth sailing. I had never launched an online media platform before and barely knew about the world of blogging. But, my passion for women’s voices kept me determined to learn the ropes and figure out what worked and what didn’t along the way.

Some of the hardest struggles were my internal battles – feeling like an imposter, feeling like I wasn’t good enough, smart enough, etc. It took me a while to learn the power and importance of self-confidence and surrounding yourself with a supportive community who have your back no matter what. That is what helped me get through any struggles I faced.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about GirlTalkHQ.com – what should we know?
GirlTalkHQ is best known as a place where women from across the U.S and the rest of the world have shared their stories. Our articles, op-eds and interviews cover a range of topics from the film industry, to social justice, fashion, body image, women breaking barriers and feminism.

We are most proud of creating a platform that is positive, inspiring and challenging. We like to amplify voices and stories that don’t get as much mainstream media coverage, but which are valuable to the world.
What sets us apart from other websites is that we try to focus on content that can leave readers with something that inspires their life in some way, no matter what article they are reading.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I have had a number of cheerleaders that have helped me stay sane and supported throughout my journey. I am part of a few women in film and media networking groups here in Los Angeles where we meet on a regular basis to talk about our projects, offer help and share what we are working on.

Being a creative entrepreneur can be hard and isolating work so having these networking groups to be my constant sounding board has been a lifesaver.

I would encourage anyone looking to start a business or a project from scratch to find your tribe and those who can help you become the success you want to be.

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