What is your best piece of advice you have for someone trying to break into the industry?
Devi Dev: Be consistent and don’t take “no’s” personally. When you’re just getting started and you don’t see results right away, it can be frustrating. Which often leads you to deviating from your plan. Be consistent in your efforts, the payoff will show up.
At what point in your career did you feel like you had “made it”?
Devi Dev: I don’t think I’m there yet. Which may not be what other’s think from the outside looking in on my work, but knowing my goals and the things I see for myself I’m still pushing forward just as hard as I ever have. I always try to get better and create new opportunities for myself as often as possible.
Have you ever had moments when you felt like you were ready to quit?
Devi Dev: Oh God yes. The first few years all the time! Dream chasing is hard work and can be very daunting. But you must keep going. Always. No matter what. Make no mistake, you will fall sometimes. But every time I fell, something huge was waiting for me after I picked myself back up.
Devi Dev: “Go inward.” I think when we’re younger we tend to focus too much on the world we inhabit and the people in it. In the sense that we are constantly worried about how we are perceived and what we have, don’t have and want. I would advise myself to spend more time focusing on going inward. Literally everything falls in to place once you start that work. All these little synchronicity start happening and you end up exactly where you’re supposed to be at every opportunity.
Do you feel that it’s more difficult for woman to get respect in this industry, if so, why?
Devi Dev: I can only speak for myself and say that that has not been my experience though I have heard horror stories from others. I guess it all depends on what you do and how you carry yourself. When your authentic and set boundaries and embody your values people tend to treat you accordingly, no matter where you fall on the totem pole. Something I think career women in all fields need to start doing more is trusting their talent and speaking up for themselves. Professional culture has historically made women feel as though they are lucky to be sitting at the table with the big boys because it used to be more rare than not. We have to break free from that mentality and know that you’re at that table because you deserve to be.
What has been the biggest highlight of your career, or one that stands out the most?
Devi Dev: This is such a hard question to answer because there have been so many moments I feel truly blessed about. Being able to cross over to TV for a time and host a show for a big network was huge for me and very surreal. It’s what I always wanted and I learned so much about the industry being able to do that. Right now as my spiritual life is becoming more and more full, I’ve fallen in love with the way I am able to connect with my listeners in a more impactful way. The past few interviews I’ve done have been a real highlight for me.
What’s a common misconception people have of you?
Devi Dev: Hmmm, honestly I’m not sure. Probably lately that I’m from Texas because my husband plays football in Houston, haha. I have much love for Texas, but I’m a L.A girl through and through and a huge west coast hip hop head.
Devi Dev: It can be really hard. Sometimes when we are both working, we are only able to see each other when we wake up and when we fall asleep and can manage only 20 minutes of catch up convo at night. It’s tough. But you make it make sense. Thank god for FaceTime and text. We try to check in all day that way at least. And then when we are able to really connect and go on vacation together or have a free weekend together, everything gets shut off…phone, social media etc. We cherish all the moments we get.
Definitely way more TV projects and on-camera opportunities. Also, I’m working on getting my certified to teach Meditation and am looking to delve more into that world in the years to come!
What are some of your pet peeves?
Devi Dev: When people don’t respect my time. Drives me a little nuts when people are late or do not follow up. Oh, and freeway traffic!
If you could do one thing differently, what would it be?
Devi Dev: It’s funny because as I read that like 5 different things came to mind but to be honest, even though ideally it would have been nice for something’s to have unfolded differently, I wouldn’t trade any of the life experiences I’ve had. They have made me who I am in this moment and I really love this person.
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