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Life & Work with Jada Imani M

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jada Imani M.

Hi Jada, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My career as an artist started from childhood. I was always into the arts in some shape or form. From the ages of 10-18, my dream was to be an actress, but as I got older I was curious about the other side of the camera. In 2015, I enrolled in film school and graduated in 2018 with my BFA in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production. While I was in college, I picked up photography.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I struggled with my identity as an artist. My style of photography is not as traditional as others may like it to be. I would get hired for photoshoots and somehow people expected the end result to be a different style than what I produced before. Much like who I am as a person, my art stands out. This has always been a positive thing for me. I was just waiting for everyone else to catch up.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a photographer, filmmaker, and creative director primarily. When people allow me to take the lead on creative direction which includes the location, makeup hair, models, etc., I feel confident. I enjoy bringing concepts to life. As of right now, I would say I’m most known for my editing style. Most people say, “I knew this was your photo before I saw the name”. I am an all-around creative. Any style of photography you need I am capable because I have done it already. Need me to conceptualize a set and make it come to life? I can do that too. That is what sets me apart. I do not limit my creativity to one avenue.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
There are a lot of people in the same profession as you. Do NOT see this as a negative. Find the people who inspire you and politely ask for advice and/or to shadow them on a couple of their photo/video shoots (or whatever the equivalent is for your career). I wish I saw the positivity in the fact it’s so many people are in the same field. The best part is nobody “does what you do” even if they are in the same field. YOU have to find your niche and focus on perfecting it.

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