Today we’d like to introduce you to Chloe Jory.
Chloe, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in a very small town in Idaho- right at the gateway to the Sawtooth National Forest. Living in the mountains, alongside wolves and bears and countless other species that called it home long before any of us did— it seeps into the soul. When I was young, I wanted to be like Steve Irwin and bring that raw wilderness to those whose only wildlife encounters might be with crows and squirrels, so I applied to film school. But on my first day of college- what might have been my first class- I fell in love with writing. I think I changed my major to screenwriting the second week of school!
My career trajectory has shifted focus countless times in the nine years since, but it’s always involved writing. Today, I work as a writer, poet, and creative consultant in West LA. I’m a big believer in following one’s bliss- Joseph Campbell is my hero- and I like to define my own success by my ability to engage in work that lights me up. In addition to my own creative work, I specialize in editing, story consulting and copywriting for various clients with my primary focus being the Sun Valley Film Festival.
I’ve been working with the Fest for the past four years, and while it’s demanding, there’s nothing like seeing your hard work come to life in such an electrifying way during the weekend of the Festival. I think everyone who’s been a part of it as an attendee or employee knows that there’s something special happening up there- I can’t wait to see how it blossoms in the coming years.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
After I finished college, I went through what I understand now is a typical quarter-life crisis: my career was stalling, my health was in a downward spiral, and I felt deeply unfulfilled. It was a total spiritual rock bottom. I remember dropping to my knees and asking the Universe for guidance, and it leads me to what was, at the time, a small training program in Q’ero Shamanism.
I’d always been interested in the shamanic arts— I’m a die-hard spiritual junkie— but it wasn’t until I packed up my car and headed to Joshua Tree that I really understood what I was getting myself into. What started as a desperate grab for connection and clarity evolved into a journey of self-discovery that totally kicked my ass (and continues to) on its way to waking me up to my deeper purpose.
I think in Los Angeles, it’s easy to become disconnected from the rhythms and energies that keep us grounded and connected to the earth, to each other, and to ourselves. My training woke me up to what I was missing: it reminded me how to be close to mother earth and establish a visceral relationship with the energies that are all around us.
Since then, I’ve gone on to study energy medicine, dreamwork, and archetypal psychology, and was lucky enough to train under Marie Manuchehri, who’s an absolutely life-changing medical intuitive. And without that period of self-discovery, I never would have been able to embrace my soul’s need to write and tell stories.
At the end of the day, I can’t help but be grateful for that difficult period in my early twenties- if I hadn’t felt so lost and hopeless, it might have taken me another decade to find the incredible teachers who have supported me on this journey back to myself.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
Whether I’m developing query letters for aspiring novelists looking for representation or editing manuscripts and short stories, my goal has always been to help others hone in on the heart of their story and let their work and authenticity shine! I think of “creative consultant” as a kind of catchall for my work because my career is so varied.
After earning my Masters Degree in 2018, I started moving away from copywriting to focus on my own creative endeavors. Initially, it was hard for me to take the steps away from working freelance to developing my own creative projects, so I had to take baby steps- I submitted my poems and short stories to contests and literary magazines and started my poetry Instagram, @poetry.bird.
Several awards later, I got the news that my short story, The Moon and Nancy, was selected as the winner of San Miguel Literary Sala’s flash contest, and that was the moment for me when I knew I had to lean in. As of this year, I have several screenplays in development and am in the final stages of polishing my first novel.
I think there’s a lot of truth to the idea that clarity surrounding our purpose can be found in what we loved as children, and for me, that thing was magic. I was always chasing magic, making up spells, and writing all of it down. I’d say that’s a good summation of what my life centers around now, although it looks very different than it did then: the pursuit of magic through writing.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
In 2017, I was invited to be a panelist at the Beyond Humanism Conference in Rome following the completion of my critical essay, “An Anthologized Introduction to Ecofeminism.” As a creative writer, I was thrilled that I could find success in the academic community and that I could contribute to the ecology movement I am so passionate about.
One of the things that remains most important to me in my own work is inspiring and encouraging eco-consciousness through the written word. We’re living through a crazy time right now- one where care for the earth and a re-envisioning of our relationship with the natural world needs to be at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
I believe that part of my purpose in life is helping readers and viewers to reconnect to the land and creatures that make our planet so magical- and my hope is that my work reflects that vision.
- Website: chloejory.com
- Phone: 901.848.9646
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @poetry.bird
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