I’ve just spent some time on Ashlee’ Haze’s website soaking up her words, and damn, she is amazing. Her voice is strong and unwavering. Her confidence is loud and proud. Her words sing and slap and ebb and flow, and then stroke your head like a mother’s caress. She is a poet and spoken word artist. She is a powerful presence that cannot be ignored, and we are so grateful to have her here with us today.
1. Tell us in a few sentences what you do. And why you do it.
I’m a poet, podcaster, and a producer. As a poet, I perform poetry all over the country and also teach arts workshops. As a podcaster, I teach people the art of self mastery- how to understand themselves and how to use love based ethics to create the lives and careers we want. As a producer, I take my art and education materials and produce visual media including producing a cooking show and a series called “The Writer’s Room with Ashlee Haze. ” I do all of these things in hopes that through art and media I can help people learn more about themselves. It is my hope that through these various mediums, I can inspire change within our communities and bring us closer to love and to each other.
2. What is your contact info (that you want shared) please include any active social handles, websites etc.
Podcast: Moderne Philosophy- available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcasting distributors.
Tik Tok: @ashleehaze
3. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is…
Check the time. The I say “thank you” out loud. It is my way of practicing gratitude. Then I grab my phone (judge if you must) and check my notifications. Then I have my private bathroom time!
4. My best business advice is….
Don’t be afraid to count. Sometimes not having enough income can cause us to have anxious feelings about budgets. My theory is I don’t know what I need if I don’t know what I have- so I prioritize budgeting and accounting.
5. My professional goal for 2021 is…
Successfully produce a 30-minute television pilot.
6. Supporting women in business is now more critical than ever. How can our community best support you?
More information on how to support my creative business can be found at http://www.ashleehaze.com/support. Some Non monetary ways you can support are: Sharing the podcast links Mentorship- especially in film production and advertising media production Grant Recommendations Following us on instagram and Facebook (@ashleehaze/ @modernephilosophy) and sharing content Just as much as my creative business needs word of mouth, we also need working capital. Monetary ways you can support include: Support with a monthly subscription via Patreon Support with a one-time gift via PayPal Book a virtual workshop or poetry reading with Ashlee Haze (firstname.lastname@example.org) Purchase Merchandise at the Ashlee Haze Shop Travel Points/ Miles/ Gift Certificates valid for future dates Hotel Points/ Gift Certificates valid for future dates Sponsorships (clothing, technology, wardrobe, etc) Long term production support and investing.
7. Your Astrological sign:
Aquarius (like Oprah!)
8. Favorite donut:
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10. Favorite book:
All About Love by Bell Hooks
11. Favorite pandemic binge watch:
Guy’s Grocery Games (there are 30 seasons!)
12. When I practice self-care I…
…do yoga, bathe, or swim- some activity that unplugs me from my phone and forces me to shift my attention inward. I also love books and give myself permission to eat sushi in abundance!
13. The place I am happiest is…
The Beach. I am also very happy in my living room where I do most of my creative work.
14. People are surprised to learn…
I don’t drink.
15. 2020 taught me…
The art of going with the flow. Were were so many things I had planned (like the rest of the world) and so may things I was feeling. I learned not to judge my response to collective trauma. I gave myself permission to rest and eat and binge watch and be angry. I learned to give myself grace, which has taught me how to give grace to others.
This woman is amazing. I will let her words end this interview, talking about the strength of women.