Asha Dahya, 30, Los Angeles
GirlTalkHQ is the only daily news media website which is dedicated to sharing and creating content which inspires and empowers millennial women. We do this by sharing only positive content and committing to being gossip, slander and bitch-free. We cover topics such as fashion, entertainment, celebs, STEM industries, families, sports, politics, world matters, careers and more. Our team of bloggers share their life stories in a bid to inspire other female readers along their journey in life.
What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’?
What was the first real job you had that made you realize this was the first step for your career? What did you do?
Hosting a national daily kids TV show on a huge broadcast network in Australia called ‘Hot Source’. I was straight out of university and realized the acting thing was just a phase. Hosting (and using my inane ability to talk endlessly) was my real destiny.
Tell us about the job you held right before you decided to go out on your own. Did you walk into this job knowing you were eventually going to work for yourself?
Over the past few years in Los Angeles I eventually got sick of trying to audition for red carpet shows, celeb-driven gossip shows and superficial shows that just left me bored and wanting more. As I neared the age of 30 I realized I wanted to dedicate my life to empowering my generation of women through the media. I finally found a way to combine my experience with my passion and started GirlTalkHQ. I never intended to become a ‘solopreneur’, but over the past one and a half years this business has taken on a life of its own and grown in ways I could never have imagined, buoyed greatly by the positive response I get from readers.
What were the advantages or disadvantages of being a woman in a corporate environment? Did you ever feel like you hit a glass ceiling or have worked with others who did?
I felt like as a host we could only be one of a few things: sexy, cute, into celebrities or into fashion. I felt women had to fit into a certain mold to be on TV and that women who were smart and strong wouldn’t get ratings or audiences. But that has been changing a lot with people like Megyn Kelly, Rachel Maddow, Katie Couric and even some younger women pushing the boundaries like Shira Lazar.
When did you first realize that working for yourself may be a good idea, and was there a certain event that made you finally take the plunge?
When I realized that waking up and researching stories that I wanted to write about made me excited. And the fact that I had no one to answer to but myself! There was no one specific event, but I started to see women I knew in my life start their own blogs and successful online businesses and realized this was what I needed to do too. It was a HUGE relief to know I didn’t have to spend the rest of my life trying to depend on someone else to employ me and give me meaning.
Do you feel that women who own their own businesses are faced with the same women- related issues as those in the corporate environment? If so how do you overcome it?
Definitely! We have to be strong and confident in what we are doing. Also, we shouldn’t be afraid. Yes, we will get rejection, but that’s all part of the journey. We have to be our own biggest fans and believe in what we are doing more than anyone else, otherwise it will fall apart. Conviction and passion will take you a long way.
What advice do you have for those who want to start their own business?
Discover your true identity and passion and you can’t go wrong. Think about every experience you have had in your career and see if it has been pointing you in a certain direction. Just go for it and try something. You won’t regret giving it a go, but you will regret not trying. Be brave and embrace all your feminine qualities. You don’t need to ‘Act like a lady, think like a man’ to get ahead, like Steve Harvey says. I say, ‘act like a lady, think like a boss!’
What would you like Feminist Wednesday readers to know about your business?
I would love every woman to check out GirlTalkHQ.com, and share it with your community of females in your life. Follow us on Twitter & Instagram @girltalkhq, like us at facebook.com/girltalkhq and subscribe to our channel at youtube.com/girltalkhq
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