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Last night Jsky hosted a panel discussion at FoodWell, Manchester to a select crowd of 50 guests. Guests entered the glass room adorned with inspirational quotes and an out of this world balloon wall by Hearts & Carts to the sounds of DJ Sarah Giggle who treated guests to her recent single release Lonely.

Jsky opened the event with a performance of his brand new positivity-powered single Keep Your Love On which was released the day prior, and his self-love anthem Myself with dancers from Centre Stage Glossop.

The all-female panel was made up of TV personality and Instagram influencer Chanelle McCleary (Big Brother, MTV’s Ex on the Beach), actress Jazmine Franks (Hollyoaks) and journalist and presenter L’Oréal Blackett (BBC).

Chanelle McCleary sashayed down the aisles and made her way to the stage in a jaw dropping leopard print number, Jazmine Franks wowed in a glitzy sequinned garment from Mirror Image Clothing, L’Oréal Blackett looked every ounce the picture of style in a pant and bardot combo and Jsky made a statement in a Mirror Image Clothing fringed dress fantasy with a pleather and sheer train sleeveless jacket and over the knee leatherette boots.

The purpose of the panel was to promote positivity, mental health and wellbeing to social influencers, industry engagers and active participants. Topics of discussion included social media, image and body confidence, and dreams and motivation.


Key points made during the discussion:

L’Oréal Blackett on juggling being a freelancer

“I had to step outside of my comfort zone to pursue my dream of being my own boss. My mum inspires me daily. I had to work at this for years. I’ve gone without sleep and made huge sacrifices to keep going in this industry because I don’t want to miss out on an opportunity.”


She also shared her personal manta which inspired not only the audience but the other panellists:

“What could happen if you believed in yourself 100%?”


Jazmine Franks spoke on the ups and downs of fame, popularity and pursuing your dream

“I was on Hollyoaks for over 8 years. I started really young so in many ways I grew up on the show. I literally went from my phone not stopping and getting invites to events every weekend to having almost no one call when I left the show. That was really hard. I had to really ask myself what my purpose was and get back out there.”

“It’s about keeping the momentum going. Acting or pursuing your dream is like working on a muscle. The more you work at it the easier it gets, but when you stop you can lose it.”


Chanelle McCleary on the pros and cons of Instagram

“Let’s be honest, the girls on Instagram don’t look like the girls on Instagram. We put so much pressure on ourselves. But Instagram is a highlights reel; it’s just the best bits of someone’s life. That’s why I try to be real with my followers. People have seen me laugh and they’ve seen me cry, but these are all different versions of me being myself.”

“If I can help just one person to feel better about themselves, then that motivates me to keep going. Knowing that there are people who look up to me really helps me on my down days.”


Jsky on body image with the audience and the panellists

“It’s interesting to see that everyone in the audience thinks better of the way the panellists look than they do themselves. It isn’t arrogant to love yourself. By championing yourself, accepting who you are and owning your body you can literally change your whole life.”


Jsky on owning who you are

“When I was starting out I would never say I was an aspiring singer or an aspiring presenter. If you sing, you are a singer. If you present, you are presenter. Why diminish your talent and who you are. You know deep down who you are and if you are not doing what you know you can do, find a way to do it.”


The discussion concluded with a Q&A section and a debut solo performance from former China Lane frontman Reuben Hester who premiered his new material for this first time. Guests were then invited to network, peruse a show rail of pieces by sponsor Mirror Image Clothing and enjoy sparkling water from Montann Ltd. The panellists were treated to a Records t-shirt, chocolates from Oli the Chocolatier, a bespoke Blenheim x candle, a lolly from LollyPoppin and guests were treated to wax melts with an inspirational quote by Jsky from his recent speech at The Economist’s Open Future 2019 event.


“Everyone has the potential to love themselves and to be who they want”Jsky at The Economist Open Future 2019 (Shaping the Agenda for the 21st Century: Overcoming a mental health crisis)

Photo credit: Aberrant Perspectives

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