Burdetta Jackson always had her hands in multiple projects. As a child, she wanted to be a singer, writer, actor, and a fashion designer. She went to several different colleges and vocational schools in hopes of being a journalist, bartender or pottery artist and was living a bit of a gypsy life. A move to Los Angeles found her at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), fulfilling one of her dreams.
After 15 years in the fashion industry, she still felt unsatisfied. She decided to switch things up and has spent the last couple of years pursuing writing and honing her skills as a fire performer. Burdetta also works hard to be of service to others. She tells us she finds “the more you give, the more you open yourself up to receive”.
For such a drastic change in career trajectory, she tells us there wasn’t any one moment she knew she was on the right path, but she knows her freelance life makes her happy. She makes her own hours and can free to take on any projects that she likes. She says the important thing is she wakes up with a smile on her face every day. She spends her time writing and telling others stories, playing with fire and becoming the characters others have shaped with their imaginations, and she is very content with that.
As a fire performer, she worked as one of the leads at the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor. She also played the Voodoo Priestess. As a writer, she was the Editor in Chief of Guttah Life Magazine before it closed. She also works as a fashion blogger for ‘Keeper Styles’, as well as a Life Coach helping to guide addicts and alcoholics looking to reemerge into the world after time in treatment.
In all of this, her ultimate goal in life is to be happy. In a perfect world, she would like to continue growing within the writing and life coaching aspects of her career. She feels a strong call to help others and share the skills she’s stumbled upon. She says she stopped making concrete plans long ago, replacing them with intentions instead.
What’s up and coming for Burdetta? She’ll be participating in both an upcoming documentary and short film, but most immediately, you can find her at the Queen Mary throughout the holiday season playing the Queen of Hearts for their Chill event.
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