Q&A with Singer/Dancer Jasmine Rafael, AJ's Younger Sister
Jasmine Rafael may be following in her brother AJ’s footsteps in the music industry, but she’s also been making a name for herself as a dancer. She’s part of a singing group called Blyss (with fellow YouTubers Cathy Nguyen, Kat Badar and Jenny Suk), and she’s also part of a dancing group called Paper Dolls (videos can be found on her YouTube channel). And when she’s not singing or dancing with her group or at the many studios in the Hollywood area, she’s also taking college classes. We got a chance to speak with Jasmine about her passion for music and dance, and found out how she keeps her life together because of the support of her family and friends.
Which came first: the singing or the dancing?
I've been singing for as long as I can remember. My dad was a composer and my mom is a singer as well. They've always implemented music in our lives, so I'd always be singing at home, with my brother, at family parties—pretty much anywhere and everywhere! It was my first love and always will be a huge passion of mine. Dancing was a much later discovery for me.
In addition to your brother AJ, you also have a little sister, who AJ has said is also getting into the arts. Do you think you three will ever collaborate together?
We have collaborated before, on a song called "Butterfly" that we sang for my mom. But of course, we are going to produce something one day that shows how awesome the chemistry has always been between the three of us. We're siblings, but also great friends.
With so many things going on in your life, how do you deal with stress?
I'm absolutely still learning how to deal with the stress of things and how to balance everything out. But like the saying goes, "Blessed to be stressed.” I am thankful for everything going on in my life. I try not to take anything for granted and really focus on each goal and do my best.
What advice do you have to give Mochi readers on handling it all?
Always keep in mind what is really important, and who is really important. For me, that's family. Surround yourself with positive people who push and support you. I have great friends and family who give me that breath of fresh air that I need from time to time. Sometimes you need a break, but ultimately I just think and pray about how blessed I am through God to be working on the things I love to do. That gives me the motivation I need.
What are some projects you are currently working on?
I'm a part of a dance crew called Katalyst, so that alone takes quite a bit of time. As an individual, my projects consist of video collaborations, upcoming performances and teaching dance.