We had the good fortune of connecting with Jkarlon Harrison and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jkarlon, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I am someone who finds it easy to tap into tunnel vision. I can get submerged in a topic or project completely and will forget to eat, ruin my sleep schedule and probably not talk to a lot of people. Not on purpose but because I’m just so interested in what I’m doing. I found that is the easiest way for me to learn something new but more recently I’ve been able to pull myself out of that trance when it gets too unhealthy- for too long. Im coming to respect a well rounded lifestyle more than being a burnt out baller because it makes my body feel better..
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Starting Jan. 2020, my brand expanded into what is now Juke Enterprises! I think what sets me apart is my willingness to put my research into practice. All of my businesses are just a product of topics I’ve obsessed over; skin care, forex, lashes, photography, business consulting, healthy eating, painted portraits, yoga, organic teas, ect. When people bring up their problems during conversation, I’ve always wanted to share information or products that I thought would be helpful. So my businesses are a more organized way for me to do that. The hardest part in the beginning was honestly ignoring the advice of family and teachers that insisted I get a job. As a creative, it is easy for me to get distracted by my feelings and that lack of encouragement used to really bother me. But they also don’t realized I’m still 2 classes shy of my degree, (and won’t be going back) so applying to jobs that require a resume was something I knew I wasn’t going to do. What I hope people will take away from my story is that it’s important to follow your interests. To live with a bunch of untapped urges is a very slow, unfulfilling life. It’s OK if these interests change- go crazy, learn everything you can and if you are really about it, monetize what you’ve learned in someway. Remember that there will be some extremely frustrating days but you can do difficult things and anything worth having is worth working for.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I always take people to Little five points in Atlanta. It is one of my favorite places just because of all of the graffiti and people selling their products on the sidewalk. We’d get something to eat, probably Thai or some pizza. We’d visit Piedmont park and skate. I’d take them to Midtown and visit Urban Grind and it they are really new, I might take them to the aquarium lol. I also might take them to Sweetwater Creek or Henry lake for some nature time and would top it off with the Botanical gardens.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shout out to ATL’s TradeHouse Investment group for giving me love and the tools I need to create structure to my hustles. My mother, M’tore Harrison, is also the GOAT for showing me from a young age that there’s many ways to make ends meet that don’t require clocking in.
Peira Moore Jkarlon Harrison