For those who know the best, Jasmine Johnson is a Wine Influencer who specializes in all aspects of wine service. She is also a actress and signed commercial model for Voices and Models Agency. Her passion for wine enabled her to travel the world displaying her knowledge for wine while offering food pairing to enhance wine experience. We Interview The Wine Goddess to uncover the personality behind the glass of luxury.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a business woman, model, actress, social media influencer, and a mom. So, I am many things and the list gets longer everyday.
What is your greatest strength as a professional?
My perseverance. I have the ability to see the positive in most things and despite negative times in my life I’ve been able to turn them into positives. Which takes time and requires persevering through the very scary, embarrassing, lost, and miserable times. I’ve been lucky enough to wake up each day to be able to see the other side of a lot of those things and that also helps me to stay motivated to go through it.
What’s the best way for a wine lover to learn about wine?
To drink it and not be afraid to try new things. I just tried a wine the other day that I had before that I didn’t really like but then I had some food with it and it completely changed my mind about that wine. There are tones of tricks like that that no one really talks about that could really change peoples opinions about wine and help them to learn more about it.
What’s a myth or common misconception about tasting wine, choosing wine, or wine in general?
There are so many different wines out there but not all of them are of great quality. You could be drinking toxins and not know. Wine doesn’t have a nutrition label on it so to know that your getting great wine really is reliant on reputation and knowing where the wine is coming from.
What gives you the courage to follow your gut and not conform to other people’s expectations of you?
I try to remember the times when trusting my gut has given me a better life than I could’ve ever asked for and the times when not trusting it and listening to someone else has led me down a long path of misery. I also journal a lot more now so that I can go back and remember the times I wasn’t sure and how that felt so that it doesn’t scare me as much when I have to be brave and listen to my gut.
When you’re speaking to someone who doesn’t have a sense of purpose, how can a conversation with you help them create one?
I think it depends more on the moment in time they are in than what could be said to help them. Because if you aren’t in the right state of mind to even want a purpose nothing anyone can say can help you create that. You have to first want a reason to get up every day, you have to want to change your life, you have to be in the mindset that you want to add meaning to your day and maybe I say something super profound or maybe I say something so small that it just hits you!
For example for me… I will never forget the day I decided to start my journey. It was a normal ass day. I went to go see Spider-Man universe and something about watching the kid be great in all these different universes but was getting his ass kicked in this other universe really spoke to me! Then at the end after getting the living shit beat out of him somehow he was able to learn from all the ass whipping and beat the bad guy in the end. SO STUPID but after that movie I started thinking about my own life and all the things I wanted to do but I wasn’t great at them but I never really tried to work at them either. Shortly after I got home I was watching something and a video of Left Eye Lopez came on the screen and she said If you ask you shall receive. Follow the signs and eventually you will get there. And she said it with such conviction and confidence.
So saying all that to say I’m sure there had been many things people said that could’ve sparked something in me but I was not ready to hear it.
Do you feel like being a “good girl” is overrated? And why does it feel so good to be bad?
My true feelings about what is good and what is bad are subjective. Society has their times when they wanna praise both or whatever they consider as bad can be good one day and something that was considered good can be bad the next day. I like to do what feels right to me. And if what I did shocks you a little bit, or turns you on, or upsets you, or makes you happy, or gives you hope, I’m just glad you got to Feel SOMETHING. We are alive aren’t we? Feel the feeling and deal with it. If you want to be a “good girl” or a “bad girl” I hope you’re doing it because that’s what you want to do and not because of what anyone says or is going to say about you.
With you being versatile, could you explain the pros and cons of doing everything yourself?
Everything being on you VS Everything being on you is both terrifying and satisfying. It’s a balancing act for sure.
I go at my own pace
No one else’s opinion matters but mine
Nothing stopping me
Self inflicted pressure to live up to outside standards
Looks for outside validation
Feeling of self doubts
Can take a lot of time
What do you think it means to be healthy?
To be able to function in a way that brings you peace and joy.
If you could magically change one thing in your life, what would it be?
I don’t think I would change anything only cause apparently this is what I can handle and I don’t want to fuck that up.