JUNE MUSE: MEET JAHAN.
Jahan is this month’s CULT OF SHE MUSE. MUSE is a new series I am so excited to finally launch! Each month I’ll interview a woman that inspires me and hopefully inspires you to live the life of your dreams. Read my interview below and learn all about Jahan and her journey!
Tell us how you ended up living in London?
I had been living in LA for the past few years and I needed a change – London had always been somewhere I’ve wanted to live so I packed my bags and the rest is history! I’m so in love and it feels like home. I love the history, the close proximity to other countries and yes, I even love the weather!
Any favorite coffee shops I need to check out when I’m there next?
My go to coffee spot is Boys’ N Berry near Parsons Green. Best coconut cappuccinos EVER. Also, Palm Vaults is amazing and colorful!
Now I am already fully aware that your voice is pure magic, but share with us a little backstory on how you found “your voice” and what singing and living creatively means to you?
WOW, thank you – best compliment ever! I think my voice and style is always evolving – the more confident I get in my skin, the more open I am to using my voice as a paintbrush to paint the song, rather than get lost and let the song paint me, if that makes sense. Singing is everything to me, it’s my therapy and my release. Living creatively means finding inspiration and learning from EVERYTHING whether it’s the man who works at the corner shop or a random person I meet on my travels.
Being a female artist do you find there are certain challenges in regards to equality in the music industry?
YES. One of the hardest things for me as a female artist is dealing with my weight. I am not a size 0, I’m kind of right in the middle. Which in the music industry, is often not skinny enough. I’ve been told if I lose weight, I will get this deal or that deal, and that can break your confidence if you let it. It almost broke mine, until I stopped giving a fuck and focused on my own health and happiness. I feel like men feel this pressure but it seems that it’s more acceptable for a man to have a dad bod than a woman to have a mom bod if that makes sense!
Who are some women that inspire you and why?
Audrey Hepburn inspires me through her class and humanitarian work.
Angelina Jolie inspires me with her badass-ness.
Emilia Clarke inspires me because…she’s Khaleesi and I freaking love Khaleesi!
Also my mother because she has traveled the world and even climbed Mount Kilamanjaro which is on my bucket list!
Any advice for a woman wanting to take the leap and chase her dreams but needs a little push?
Four words… YOU. ONLY. LIVE. ONCE. What’s stopping you? If you fail, at least you tried. I have failed so many times and I continue to fail…but if I hadn’t gone through the journey and the hard times I wouldn’t be living my dream life in London. When I’m older, I want to look back at my life and smile knowing that I did everything I wanted to do, traveled everywhere that was on my list, and loved whole heartedly. Live your life FOR YOU!!!
What are some of your goals you’ve set your sights on this year?
This year I would like to release some music, perform more, pull off a successful fundraising event for the Grenfell Tower victims, run my first marathon and travel Europe as much as I can!
Three things you can’t live without?
My journal (It’s my therapy)
My 75 L Backpacker’s Backpack (It’s been around the world with me since I was 17!)
My phone (I hate to say it, but I use my phone for pictures/keeping in touch with family back home so it’s an essential)
What made you start your travel blog bucketlistkoto.com?
I started as a way to keep track of my adventure stories and bucket list… I would like it to eventually be a place for people to click on their favorite city and see where to stay/eat/go on a budget.
Any favorite cities from your travels this year?
Sofia, Bulgaria really surprised me with the culture, food and nightlife. Also, Budapest, Lisbon and Mallaig in Scotland absolutely blew my mind.
What does “living your truth” mean to you?
To me, it means living your life at your own pace, hanging out with who you want, when you want, and basically just working on embracing the authentic you, without giving any fucks about what people think. I’m still working on that.
Make sure to follow Jahan’s journey @imkoto