#BlackWomanInMedia Highlight: MJ Jackson

#BlackWomanInMedia Highlight: MJ Jackson

In honor of Women’s History Month in March I want to take this time to highlight women in media who are breaking barriers.  Being a black woman in the media is hard because just like in any career, you have to be the best and look good while doing it all.  This is for all the young ladies making their dreams come true and recognition that they deserve.

MJ Jackson

Social Media: @MJThatMediaGurl
Career: Freelance On Camera Host/ Publicst
Quote you live by: “When you are given no opportunities, make your own opportunities”
How did you find your passion and when did you know that this is what you wanted to do?
I was always interested in entertainment since middle school and I love to talk! I always wanted to work in the industry, but I just didn’t know what exactly to do to actually get started.  I always loved Wendy because she said what she wanted to say and what people would be thinking.  One day I literally woke up and said I’m going to purse my dream, ever since I been going hard.
How would you say you got your break into the entertainment industry?
I wouldn’t say I got my break yet because when I think of break I think of big break.  How I got into the entertainment industry is making my own opportunities.  I had started my own entertainment blog back in the day because the blogs I submitted to wanted experience which I didn’t have.  That’s why I started a blog and use to tell people I was just a correspondent for the blog, but I really owned it.  I would DM and email every celebrity that would come to my city for an interview until Brandon T. Jackson gave me my first interview.  Once I got that interview it just gave me more creditability and it just started rolling after that.
What inspired you to start Media Girls LA and what is your vision for the organization? 
Media Girls LA was originally started with 3 other girls in 2016.  Everyone was trying to do their own thing so I ended up continuing Media Girls LA on my own.  I would like to build Media Girls LA into a franchise that offers public relations, public speaking, planning events, and putting on networking and informational events.
What do you feel was the most helpful thing that jumpstarted your career?
Me moving to Los Angeles definitely helped my career in a major way and losing my job played a key role to giving me that extra push to focus solely on my passion to survive.
What does it mean to be a black woman in media to you?
To be a black woman in media you have to know how to play the game!  It’s already hard enough for black media already because of the fact that black media gets looked over. So you have to make sure you know everyone’s job, be prepared, have great questions and know you have to go 10 times harder than everyone.  So many times I have had to deal with racist situations in Hollywood when it comes to media!
How are you able to balance being on air, being a publicist, and putting together events?
I have no job, no kids, no man or social life! Hahahah I truly eat, sleep, and breathe my work.  I have to balance all of them because that’s how I eat.  I do all this by myself and make it work and being organized helps in a major way! I literally have a planner I write in everyday and helps me keep track of my day and task.
What inspires you to keep going in this industry?
I keep myself going honestly, failure is not an option.  I have to make it work, I see it as do or die and there is no holding back!
Who are some women you look up to in the industry?
I look up to Wendy Williams because she tells it how it is and doesn’t care what others have to say.  I also look up to Karen Civil as an aspiration, because you just know if she is apart of something, it’s legit. You can say whatever about her, but you still have to call her a boss in the same sentence.
What has been the most difficult situation you’ve had in your career or with starting your career?
I would say the most difficult situation I have had to deal with is balancing my spiritual relationship.  The industry is so draining and with that you need a spiritual balance.  So that is something I am continuing to work on, because I want to put just as much effort in my relationship with God as I do in my career.
What’s a piece of advice you would give a girl who wants to do what you do?
Do not burn relationships even if you don’t like a person, work with no excuses, and continue to out work everyone else.

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