Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeneice Thompson.
Jeneice, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My story begins with my first school play back in middle school. That’s when I first realized that acting was my calling. In college, to support my dream of being an actor I got a job as a personal stylist. I used the money from that job to strengthen my skill at various acting classes. I’ve spent years running from it, chasing it, and have come to the perspective that it will happen when it is meant to.
Since filmmaking is such a collaborative pursuit, and acting is a role that depends heavily on others, I needed to do something creative for myself that I could control. Although many aspiring actors these days start writing, directing, and producing their own content, I don’t have any interest in those roles.
Blogging seemed like a natural extension of something I was already casually very good at (according to other people!). Initially, it was just a way for me to try on different personalities and characters, but as I started learning more about the way garments were made, I began to feel like I could make almost as much positive impact with fashion as I want(end) to with filmmaking. So, I’ve learned-in more and make a point of being off-trend, but still stylish.
The shift made me nervous for two reasons. One being the stereotype that Eco-Friendly clothes were ugly. (Thankfully that isn’t necessarily true anymore.) The second reason that caused me to feel uneasy was that I would be spending less time on acting. Thankfully, I quickly discovered that the two passions complemented each other. Social media has changed the way agencies and studios approach talent and now a lot more of them are focused on developing talent with already earned popularity, and blogging helps me grow a following that I wouldn’t have otherwise.
My blog is unique in the Eco fashion space in that my primary focus is on providing readers with inspiring outfits instead of educating people on why sustainability is important or how they can live more sustainably. There are already some great blogs that do that, but I try to steer clear of anything that tells other people how to live. I’m just doing what makes sense to me.
The most noteworthy aspect of my blog is definitely what I call my “edits.” I take garments, sometimes plain sometimes already very unique and find creative ways to wear them differently. For example, I’ll wear a harness upside down, tuck the bottom of a skirt into the waist, or pin a loose top so that it has a more feminine silhouette. Most of the time my edits are temporary tweaks, but if something doesn’t fit right or I love the garment but one thing is bothering me, I’ll go ahead and do more permanent alterations.
Although I hope people find it inspiring to the point that they make more conscious shopping decisions, if they get a few more wears out of the stuff they already have by getting creative, that’s still a big win in my book. But even if they don’t, I’m just having fun doing my thing.
Has it been a smooth road?
Blogging seems to be one of those rare activities that has a really close relationship between how much time and energy are put in and how much is received. I wouldn’t say that it’s been a smooth road, but most of the struggles are due to me not understanding some aspect of my own interests. For example, I really like the idea of working with brands to help them promote their sustainable clothing, but the idea of offering to collaborate and them not finding it worth it doesn’t interest me at all. Rather than beating myself up over not being more productive or professional with my approach though, I decided to focus on getting to a place where I could absolutely say that it’s their loss and not mine.
As I said earlier, part of me still feels weird about being known as a blogger and not an actor, so that causes a lot more struggle than there really should be. But aside from these internal discussions, the only other struggle tends to be dealing with my perfectionist photographer. Kind a double-edged sword that one.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see the values and procedures of sustainable manufacturing and consumption as becoming an integral part of our mainstream culture. So, I guess I see Eco fashion blogging as being absorbed into normal blogging. It will probably take a realignment of capitalism, but we’ll get there.
- Website: www.jeneicethompson.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/jeneicethompson/
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