Today we’d like to introduce you to JLEAN.
JLEAN, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up being the outcast in Chicago, never felt like I fit in, but still had love for everyone. I have always thought differently, and sometimes think I may just be a little crazy. Home was tough, especially when the ones you thought were supposed to support you did not at all. Hated school so much that I just didn’t care to show up. I would get truancy letters and they told me I would have to repeat a grade. But surprisingly, my grades were great, so they had me fucked up! Lol.
I am a daydreamer… sometimes getting lost in my imagination and forgetting what is even reality. The only time I feel less crazy though is when I am creating art.
Being first generation born, I didn’t want to disappoint my mom, so I forced my way into college (She was upset at first that I wanted to go to an arts college). I remember my freshman year professor told me I had something special in me…a vision like no other. I ended up getting accepted to a semester in LA program, and after that just ended up sticking around a little longer. I am a gypsy though for sure because it is soon time to pack my bags and explore a new city.
My art comes in all mediums: painting, writing and directing, styling, making clothes, throwing events, helping other people/brands grow. I am an innovator, creator and artist. When I don’t know how to do something, I am curious to learn and pursue it.
I drown myself into creating because if I am not creating, I feel lost in a limbo.
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?
If life is too easy, then I feel like you aren’t trying hard enough.
Sometimes I am shocked I have even come this far. I been battling with depression/anxiety my whole life. When I was younger, it was really bad where I tried to kill myself multiple times- which ended up me being in a behavioral hospital. Today, it is still a roller coaster, but in therapy now (which I feel like should be mandatory for every artist).
When I was 12, I became diagnosed with Lupus, which is another roller coaster since there is no cure (we know that’s a lie but let’s not get too deep right now). Constantly being sick, feeling weak, it sucks. 2014, I was in the ICU for meningitis and pneumonia. The doctors told me I was one of the rarest cases and did not understand how I was alive. I don’t know though – I never feared death, and I always knew that I escaped so many deaths because I am meant to change the world.
Some days I just feel so stuck and unmotivated. I just want to sit there and do absolutely nothing.
Lifeworks in mysterious ways, but it is a blessing to be apart of this journey.
Everything is a work in progress. People think they have everything figured out, but we are never done growing.
But the struggles is what keeps me wanting to be a better person than I was yesterday.
Please tell us about One of None.
People know me as JLEAN, the Creative Director.
One of None is an experimental marketing company, I help people or brands reach their potential and bring visions to life. Through cultivating storytelling and visuals, I want the world to be apart of the experience.
One of None is a joint venture with – B. Soul Entertainment (Briana Fennell), an entertainment company focused on music. Hubert Entertainment (Cameron Hubert), a production company focused on film/tv. Jared Alexander Studios (Jared White), a creative agency.
Together we help each other and our clients fulfill their needs. It is great having my partners/friends all working on projects together. I think that’s what makes One of None just stand out as well. People often want to do things and take credit for themselves. But when you have a team that focuses on individual aspects and you bring all ideas/connections together- you become unstoppable!
I know what it is like to not have anyone believe in you. So I want to help others believe in themselves, especially the ones who feel like they don’t deserve it.
People always told me I need to stick to one thing. But I don’t see why society has to limit you in a box. We only live one life, so if you enjoy doing something…why not do it all?
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Oh, this is a good one, lol. There is so many I don’t know where to start.
Probably the best though, was when I was in high school, about 15/16. I used to sneak out of the house and throw these warehouse parties with some other friends. And man we used to make soo much money. The parties were always packed and lit. We wouldn’t get back home till 6 in the morning. One night I was getting high, and that was the first night I got put on to Trilogy by The Weeknd, and I remember it was the best feeling ever. I might have gotten a little too high though because when I snuck back in the house, I left a trail of muddy footprints and my mom finally caught on that I been sneaking out of the house. (But I still continued to sneak out).
We laugh about it today. I was always a trouble maker/rebel. But I think that’s what helped mold me to who I am today; I had to go out in the world and experience it all myself.
- Website: https://www.jlean0.com/
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