Jazmine Dior Johnson is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist and graphic designer living and working in Washington, DC.
Tarot has become one of my favorite ways to cultivate a connection with myself and source energy. I chose the Star card because it represents hope, inspiration, purpose, opportunity, and spirituality. This card reminds us that we are always connected and abundantly blessed by the universe despite our trials and tribulations. That’s what I think of when I hear Black Girl Magic. Although we hold so much power and beauty, we are not superhuman. I believe our magic comes from our ability to live authentically as ourselves.
Being creative not only feeds my soul, but it’s also how I connect with others. It allows me to process emotions, explore new ways of thinking, challenge how I see the world, and, most importantly, express myself freely. I’m always amazed at what magic occurs when I give myself room to create, so I see it as a regenerative process that brings me closer to my purpose.
I’ve worked in various industries like non-profits, agencies, startups, political campaigns, and higher education. I consistently found myself in spaces where there were few if any, black people around, and I always felt at odds with company culture. I had to work harder and do more to get at the same level as my peers, which made it challenging to feel seen or advocate for adequate pay. Reflecting on my design journey, I’m reminded that confidence and knowing your worth are key to surviving anywhere, especially in Corporate America.
I attribute all my success as a designer to the people in my life who have shared prospective jobs or creative work with me, so it’s crucial that we inform one another of existing opportunities. When we get a seat at the table, it’s important to bring a chair or two so others can sit alongside us.
I think the first step is understanding your why. Decide who you’re trying to serve and center those voices in everything you do. Read up on black innovators and visionaries dedicated to world-building and reaching new heights and use them as guideposts. Keep dreaming, give your vision a body, speak up for your beliefs, and lead with conviction, knowing you can make a change through your craft.