China Okasi is a US based author, opinion journalist & TV commentator with award-winning experience in new media enterprise. Okasi is also training as an actor, and is excited to begin new projects soon.
Describe a typical day for you?
I wake up very early and reflect for several hours before officially getting up. I try my hardest to be of positive mind and spirit before I rise. Ironically, I’m nocturnal, so I have to be gentle, delicate, pensive, and beautiful about the way I start the day.
I then run to a satellite office and manage two companies, creative projects and deals. I also look at my goal list: I have a life goal, yearly goal, and monthly goal. And, because I have a surplus of creative energy that exceeds the boundaries of those goals, I must constantly re-align myself with them. I’m an artist so I scribble a lot, doodle, think, create, and email new thoughts.
I’m currently working on a novel with my literary agent, so I won’t hesitate to think of a grandiose idea and email to him.
If I get a call to appear on a cable news show or programming, I’ll wrap up before the station car arrives and read about the news topics in the car before I go on air.
If I have a shoot or meeting for a creative project, I’d probably have sidetracked into brainstorming for it throughout the day. In the evening, my mood is just better (does this happen to only me?): I’m ready to take on the world, even if most other people are quieting down.
What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
I never stopped being a child, and I’ve always been unapologetic about the truth and passionate about defending what it is right, what is good, and what is girly.
So, my biggest achievement is having learned how thoroughly vile the real world can be, yet still trusting in a divine protection from that stuff, and forging forward with a mission to uplift women and girls.
Oh! Also, some might say that my having graduated from an Ivy League university (Cornell) when I was a teenager is a big achievement.
I graduated within three years, and set a historical record. I then collected two more Ivy League degrees from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and University of Pennsylvania, so I’m a triple Ivy Leaguer. After these degrees, I thought I’d be done with schooling, but learning is lifelong, and since I finished school so early – I have time to train as an actor now. Training as an actor is a different experience – you’re operating at a much more difficult level; you’re reading and writing the book of life.
What’s in your handbag?
My keys, makeup, mints, bits of mail, and my wallet (never any cash though – I don’t like touching bills, hahaha).
What are your ambitions in life?
To do something that makes Oprah proud!
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Fully integrated and reigning in all aspects of media – film, television, music, print, and web.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in your field in the media?
Be consistent. If you give up in Month 7, you won’t realize the benefits that could have come in Year 2.
Finally, happiness is…
The dancing pulse of your inner child.
China’s novel is out soon – a grippingly good, salacious, yummy, incredible, accessible piece of her soul, which she promises you will love.