Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessie James.
Jessie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My story begins when I was very little. Performing came natural and I craved the attention. But as I grew over the years of intense training, I discovered that I really valued the process of creating. I created my very own solo as teenager (I think it was terrible) but it left me feeling more inspired than performing did. So after about 3/4 years of professional work as a dancer after high school, I shifted my focus to choreography and dove right in. Competition studios around the USA gave me the space and dancers to create and quickly I found myself hoping from studio to studio! I found my identity in creating behind the scenes. There’s no “crippling” anxiety of being stage ready when I get to make the calls backstage.
Unfortunately, my performing career was full of “never enough” from various directors and bosses, whether it be my body, talent, or other factors out of my control. There is a sense of self-knowing when I create that performing never gave me. Which leads me here! I currently travel across the USA and Europe teaching and Choreographing. I’m currently living in London working hard on producing art I’m proud of!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m a Choreographer. I create movement. My goal as a creative/choreographer is to create for the “non dancer” and dancer alike. Make art that can be appreciated by all and not just dancers or other artists. Sometimes dance can be a bit elitist or intimidating and I want every type of person to walk away from my work feeling affected. Aside from my work with comp studios, I work with professional dancers creating work for a stage setting as well as my other passion…dance on film! I self produce, choreograph, and direct short dance films. Film is such a great platform as it has potential to reach so many!
Something you should know about my work…
Hmm… Well, it’s all visual driven. Everything happens in my head in the rehearsal space with the dancers. I prep music/ concept/overall theme but movement happens organically dependent on the shapes we make in the studio. From there I can visually picture what needs to happen next and we build the piece from there.
Some have described my work as visual, athletic, and usually relationship driven. I’m fascinated by human connection. I want people to walk away feeling not only affected, but heard.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
This one is tough but if I could look back and give my younger self some advice it would be to keep your head down and do what “you want to be” everyday. For example.. you want to be a writer? Write everyday. Even if its nothing incredible or life-changing. Just set some time and practice. Practice your craft until it becomes your livelihood.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can visit my website jessiejamescreative.com or visit any of my social profiles! I regularly update those channels with upcoming events, performances, or my latest work!
- Website: https://www.jessiejamescreative.com/
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.jessiejamescreative.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jessiejameschoreography/
- Other: http://www.youtube.com/c/JessieAnnJames
Chantel Marie Photography, Nik Pate, Alex Esch