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Meet Jeannine Mari

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeannine Mari.

Hi Jeannine, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Hello! I am Jeannine Mari. I am 22 years old and I was born and raised in Southern California. Growing up, I was always inspired by moments.

Big and small, it was in these different experiences where I felt so alive and overjoyed. Whether it was listening to music in the car and driving with the windows down, eating a really bomb ice cream, talking till 4:00 am with friends and family, or losing my voice screaming at my favorite sports teams; it was in these simple things where I knew that I wanted to be someone that could appreciate the moments that we look pass and enhance the ones that we remember.

It was through this yearning in my heart and a little push from a resilient rat named Remy that I chose to study Motion Media Design at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design). It was there that I was able to really learn what motion design even is, as well as my love for art and connecting with people. From there, I went on to work at an amazing creative content agency called SJR that focuses on social media content and engagement to a Youtube company called Mythical Entertainment that pushes the envelope of all things food, to now having my dream job as a Lead Video and Motion Graphics Specialist at The Walt Disney Company all in a span of 1 year.

It was through the people that I met and being the youngest of my crazy Filipino family where I have always wanted to get my view of life out there. For me, becoming an artist is all about getting a new perspective and seeing things in a whole new way. Through motion graphics, live experiences, writing, branding, music, and so much more I only hope to create art that emulates the beauty that surrounds us and brings light to the moments that transform us forever.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Like most people, I would say that the world was not shy in showing me that nothing worth having or fighting for goes without struggle. In my life, I was able to witness not only struggles that I went through alone but also the obstacles and challenges that my family had to experience growing up.

At a very young age, I had to learn how to be strong for the ones that I love when they cannot and be okay to be constantly knocked down by the world around us. From losing our house in 2008 and my whole family living in a single bedroom for over a year to then later seeing my sister lose her best friend to Stage 4: Neuroblastoma. The world wasn’t shy in showing me that life is incredibly hard. But if there is one thing that I learned in all of the many hardships that I faced is that we have to seize the moment and appreciate the now while we are living through it. Life will knock you down, push you, hurt you even, but it is in these moments where we learn just how resilient we are and that the things we go through are collateral beauty to help us grow to be who we are meant to be.

“There is no such thing as a life that’s better than yours. So love yourz.” – J. Cole & Christopher Carandang

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a Motion Graphics artist with a concentration in Art Direction, Branding, and Live Experiences. I work on a variety of different things like advertising campaigns, title sequences, immersive experiences, and so much more.

I chose these three different specialties because they were something that I have always been drawn to. Thinking about the detail and intention that goes behind every little thing made me want to be a part of it all. I think for me, what sets me apart from others is that in everything I do, I look for that intention. I look into what I am making, what I or they are trying to say, and why I am doing it. And it’s in those who’s, what’s, and why’s that push me to add a new perspective, get people talking, and hoping that they could see things from a viewpoint that is not their own. I use the things that I love and drive me like music, sports, food, etc. and pour that into my work.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
Love yourz.

Above all things, just love. Love what you do, love the struggles, love the people around you. Just love.

I think so often in the world people tell us to go after what everyone else thinks is best for us or what the world tells us is good that we often forget that our opinion matters in that too. It is great to find things that make us feel safe or comfortable, but it’s also just as great and important to invest in things that make our hearts happy and push us to grow and be the people that we are meant to be.

At the end of the day, life is constantly changing and things fade and time moves forward. But when people look back and remember who you are, be the person that you only hope to love. Be someone with a good heart. Be someone passionate, inspiring, unapologetic, and true. Just be you.

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(internetainers image) – working with Mythical Entertainment for Good Mythical Morning

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