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Conversations with Jessamyn Dodd

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessamyn Dodd. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I’m moving to San Diego after being hired as a news writer. I started writing during the pandemic, which quickly became more than a hobby. As I was approved as a contributing writer for a news app, I realized that this was my calling. I’ve always been fascinated by journalism, photography, and social justice. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a bumpy road- Balancing my “influencer” life with my news life. And, of course, there are always setbacks when you’re following your dreams. Many doors close in your face, but when that one door opens for you, you realize all of your hard work is beginning to pay off. I’ve faced a lot of harassment and bullying due to being an influencer and a writer. Sometimes if people don’t agree with my journalism, they will attack my social media pages. I try to keep it separate, but it is hard. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Online I am known for helping other creators develop their social media skills in order to get paid partnerships and endorsements. I am an influencer and creator myself. I’ve done over 40 brand deals on my own social media pages. But most people know me as a writer. Sometimes I feel like I am living two different lives. 

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
Determination. 

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