Dominique Carson is an american freelance journalist and massage therapist from the East Coast. Dominique published a biography on the life of R&B sensation singer and songwriter Jon B. In this book Dominique discusses Jon B’s style and how it has evolved over the years while staying true to himself. Being authentic is a vital component when it comes down to style and fashion. The name of this book is entitled Jon B: Are you still down?
JM: What sparked your interest in writing?
DC: Writing became a therapeutic source in my life after experiencing challenging moments as a child. It allowed me to forget those challenging moments and express my feelings and truth on paper. My cousins, Niani & Fatima and their father, my uncle Ricky inspired me to be a writer. As a result, writing is my voice and my artistic skill that I can showcase to the world.
JM: Your debut novel is a biography on the life of JON B, what inspired this book?
DC: Jon B is one of my favorite singers of all time. I admire his work as a singer and songwriter. I interviewed him seven years ago and Jon is a humble and kind-hearted guy. Our interview lasted six minutes but it was a dream come true. I interviewed one of my favorite artists from the 90’s. I mentioned my interaction with Jon B in the beginning of the book.
JM: What message can readers gain from reading “Jon B: Are You Still Down”?
DM: For starters, readers would learn so much more about Jon B and his rise to superstardom. You can achieve your goals as long as there is passion and purpose behind your mission. Learn from your failures, ignore the naysers, take risks, and let your talent speak for itself.
JM: Aside from being a published author, you are an award winning journalist, tell us about that?
DM: I was an honorable mention in the News & Journalism category in the past. But, I am an award winning community activist and I love giving back. It all started when I was high school and community outreach was essential. I utilized that same powerful force as a college student and career professional. During my time at Man Up! Inc, a non profit organization in East New York, Brooklyn, I received the 2017 It’s My Park Award from the Partnerships for Parks. I also received recognition of service from the New York State Assembly and New York City Council.
JM: What advice do you have for the little girl reading this wanting to grow up and write?
DM: 1. You are a writer, it’s already in you, you must believe it.
2. Continue writing, it’s a craftsmanship and there is always room to grow.
3. Participate in clubs and organizations that would allow you to showcase your work and offer resources.
4. Submit work to different contests, high school/college media, & off-campus.
5. You must be passionate, if you want to be a writer for monetary purposes solely, you are in the wrong profession.
6. You have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable; do not be afraid to step outside of the box.
JM: What is next for you as a writer, journalist and massage therapist?
DM: For starters, I am still writing articles and massaging clients. I have been practicing massage for two years and eventually like to be a Lead Massage Therapist and learn more modalities. Currently, I perform Swedish, Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy, Prenatal, Hot Stone, Sports, & Oncology. I don’t take Continuing Education courses for massage until September 2022 but I am learning on the job as well. Queensborough Community College, the massage school I attended back in NYC, my hometown taught me very well. I was also nominated for the Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellowship. So I am just waiting to hear back to see if I was accepted. I started the research process for my forthcoming book entitled, The Invisible Betty Boop while finalizing the legal matters for my original book before Jon B.
Bonus: What is your definition of a Pretty Woman Who Hustle’s?
The definition of a Pretty Woman is someone is on the grind, eager and motivated to make moves despite all odds, take chances, and as she climbs to the top, she will remain humble and true. To me, hustle is a busy and energetic movement that everyone has in life. However, not everyone taps into it and that’s why there is a difference between a competent and a butterfingered person. A butterfingered person is someone who let opportunities and life pass then by constantly and put the blame on someone’s else.