"My proudest achievement is when I quit drinking…"
In this special Influencer Spotlight post, we had a chance to catch up with writer and model, Phoenix Askani. Phoenix displays versatility in literary works, showing what it means for words to have power.
We caught up with Phoenix to see how she’s doing and to gain some advice and wisdom for aspiring writers and others pursuing the creative. Without further ado...
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Can you tell our readers about yourself and what you do?
I’m a model and writer from Chicago living in Los Angeles. I also do 35mm film photography, something I’ve been back in touch with more over the last couple years, but I’ve been doing it since I was 13. I’m basically a driven creative freelancer, taking it day by day and living in the moment, grateful for every opportunity to craft each day into something new.
How did you get into writing?
I have written since I was very young, my parents have huge stacks of my old journals in my old bedroom at their home. I was also in the spelling bee twice in elementary school and won, so you could say I have always been drawn to words.
What is the best thing you think you ever wrote?
The best things I’ve written are a collection of poems I have that have not yet been released. Stay tuned!
What’s your go-to drink at your favorite coffee shop?
Typically, I alternate between ordering a vanilla almond milk latte or a dirty chai latte with almond milk… mmm, espresso.
What would be your ideal working environment?
I find my comfortable home office - complete with candles, burning incense, and my bookshelves - to be my most ideal working environment, but sometimes I like to hang in cafes and enjoy the ambiance while subtly people-watching.
How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?
I don’t have a blog, but I write everyday. Not everything I write is meant for publishing, but I find it important to always sit down with my craft. I will eventually have a website that holds articles and personal essays, but that is different than blogging.
What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?
I once wrote an article that was really petty and I reflected on how choosing to publish it when I didn’t feel very creative wasn’t my best judgement call.
Tell me about your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement is when I quit drinking in February 2017. No “success” in life has ever been so sweet and it’s truly one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.
What are you currently working on? Any cool new projects?
I’m currently preparing for a writer’s workshop through UCLA in which I will focus on a bigger project that is underway. I can’t give away too much, but I’m still doing poetry and prose, just branching out toward screenwriting as well now.
Where can people find you (Website, Social Media Links, Etc.)?
@PhoenixAskani on all!
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Follow Phoenix on Instagram: @PhoenixAskani
Special Note for CJ - Social Media Photo Credits: Image with longer hair and greenery should be credited @thatphotoguywill and the other two credit to @kungfubreakfast or kungfubreakfast.com