Today we’d like to introduce you to Joséphine Tehrani.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Joséphine. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am an artist – actress, singer, songwriter – and entrepreneur. A first-generation Persian-American born and raised in Tucson, AZ, my upbringing was far from the norm. Drawn to my purpose to inspire love and authenticity from a young age – entertaining became my platform to do so. I came to Los Angeles at 17 to begin my career in music & film. I’ve been extremely blessed to appear in television, film, perform globally with my music, and most importantly inspire audiences. Coming from a Middle Eastern – Jewish background, to be an entertainer has common negative connotations and I am proud to help nullify this stigma and inspire other Middle Eastern artists like me to follow their dreams.
My first musical project – a visual album entitled “Love Trap: The Story,” – garnered over a quarter million streams worldwide. Influenced by early greats of American Jazz & Soul (Frank Sinatra, Amy Winehouse, Dinah Washington) and Middle Eastern legends (Moein, Omid, Ebi) – my passion to bridge the two musical worlds runs blood deep.
After struggling with depression and anxiety for the past several years, I followed a spiritual urge to go to Israel in Fall 2019 to gain clarity and work on my art. Spending three months in isolation, I wrote, recorded & produced my debut album, Pretty Crazy. Out later this year, it will be my first musical release in over 2 years. “Pretty Crazy” is an honest representation of the journey of self-hate, self-love & ultimately — self-acceptance.
It’s about authenticity & empowered vulnerability. It’s saying yes I am pretty, yes I am crazy, I will love myself deeply, I will love you deeply – and be empowered in all of it. I want to inspire people to be who they are. To love deeply – themselves and others – because that is truly the most powerful thing someone can do. I am Pretty Crazy, I am me, now go be you.
Has it been a smooth road?
As with everything worth having, there have certainly been obstacles but all have been necessary to my growth.
As proud as I am to be Middle Eastern & Jewish, when I first started out, being such offered doubt from many people in my community. However, this has lessened with time and I found my purpose to inspire Middle Eastern artists and break this stigma so I am thankful for it.
To be a professional artist is to be a business – an entrepreneur. There is no start and stop – it is a 24/7 job. I love what I do and this is what keeps me going. However, pressures from outside sources and dependency on others for my success and happiness played a part in my depression and anxiety that lead me to my decision to go to Israel in late 2019. This decision brought me to my album – Pretty Crazy – a stronger connection to myself and my purpose and was one of the best decisions I have made in my life.
Lastly, promotion and exposure are always something artists appreciate so your support is welcomed and encouraged! Follow me on my socials and sign up for my Patreon! <3
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am very proud to be a Persian-American artist making music that is bilingual in English & Farsi. I am proud to bring people together and inspire authentic living. I am proud to inspire Middle Easterns and all people to follow their purpose and release the need for validation in others’ opinions. I do my best to show all facets of my life. I am very transparent in doing so – I show my glam moments- feeling sexy, empowered, and sensual while I also show my vulnerabilities – I speak up about personal traumatic experiences – my upbringing, love and loss, depression, and more. I am very quirky and silly – I have a childlike quality to me – I show it. I show it all – the good and the bad – that’s what life is about.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Likes: It’s beautiful – beautiful weather, beautiful people, the FOOD, the coffeeshops (I am a BIG coffee girl).
Dislikes: The traffic.
- Website: itsjustjosephine.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: Instagram.com/itsjustjosephine
- Facebook: facebook.com/itsjustjosephine
- Twitter: twitter.com/just1josephine
- Other: Patreon: patreon.com/itsjustjosephine
Spotify: bit.ly/itsjustjosephine, YouTube: bit.ly/josephinetube
Lauren Davidi/ Photos by LD