We had the good fortune of connecting with Tharesa Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tharesa, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Faith. I learned a long time ago that as individuals we define our own reality, and sometimes I can defeat myself by focusing on the obstacles instead of focusing on the goal. I realized that I needed to have faith in my ability to be able. Now I face challenges with a 4-stage mindset as a part of my affirmations: I can, I will, I do, I grow.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I want people to understand that in my creative space I’m all about empowering. I encourage people to acknowledge who they are but strive to be the best version of that person. I share my achievements, but I’m also transparent about my struggles. I try to remind people that all growth takes time and energy. I want people to accept who they were, understanding that our triumphs and failures are a part of our story, embrace who they are, recognizing that we are all still currently under construction, and face who they will become knowing that progress is a process.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Right now the city has a lot of creative social pop-ups like the Vanderbilt which has excellent views of the city especially in the evening, and the revitalization of Hudson Yards offers unique attractions. Pier 17 if they want to drink wine in a rooftop garden and the Edge if they want some adventure.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would really like to shout-out my father. A Jamaican born immigrant who worked hard all his life and did his best so that my sister and I could do better. I love you dad.