We had the good fortune of connecting with Jarrod D. King and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jarrod D., what’s your definition for success?
I used to think of success as reaching a goal. The problem with that is, in the absence of having attained that goal, you beat up on yourself. And once you reach that goal, it’s no longer as valuable as it once was. I’m much more focused on being happy with my journey. And I now define success as the commitment to going after that goal. The showing up to the process every day. That’s success.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I always knew I was best suited to something different than just going to school and getting a job that I stick with until I retire. The problem with that was everybody around you tells you that going after something artistic is a mistake. And with that in the back of your head, it can cause you to never give it a fair shot. I wanted to be a singer/songwriter, and while I wrote and recorded music, it wasn’t until years later that I had ever performed on stage. After that, I tried my hand in fashion blogging, but partly because of some deep imposter syndrome I decided to walk away – despite starting to see some momentum. The other side to that is, I didn’t want to get paid to write positive blog posts about fashions I wasn’t truly interested in. I then became a fantasy author and wrote two books and three short stories. I was very proud of my work then, and I’d say this is where I can honestly say I started giving my artistic endeavors a fair shot. With my current focus on being a host for my show Boys ‘N Brunch, I can confidently say that this feels most natural for me. As you can see, I’m a Jack of all trades, but I think I’ve finally found my thing. This is hilarious to me thinking about it now because I’ve done some form of hosting throughout each piece of my artistic journey. With the fashion blog, I created and hosted a YouTube show, The Trend. During my authoring days, I created and hosted a show called The Read, later changed to LGBTr (Lots of Good Books To Read). I wouldn’t say this journey has been easy, but you have to believe in yourself to keep going. I believe in myself.
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 live in Philadelphia, PA and there’s so much to do that I haven’t even experienced it all. First, I’d have to show them historic Philly – the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, etc. It’s a beautiful area. Then we’d visit the Art Museum and run up the Rocky steps. We’d dine on Mexican food at Mixto, dance the night away at Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, and one of those days we’d have to go shopping at King of Prussia mall. And, of course, we’d have brunch!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shout out the Gorgeois (pronounced gorge-wah). They are the fans that show up every week to my Boys ‘N Brunch show on YouTube as I talk about the silly stories we come across online. I also wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my co-hosts Brandon Harris-Williams and Marcus Haynes. They really are the backbone of the show.