Today we’d like to introduce you to Jumi Olowofoyeku.
Jumi, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I joined a band at a parochial school I attended in rural Maryland at the age of 14. I started writing my own music to form my own band when I was 16. I picked up a camera at the age of 15 and started making promotional videos for school events. I just released the last bit of solo music I intend to create on my 27th birthday on November 13, 2019. I’m going to dedicate my time to gardening, farming, history and filmmaking. Modeling pays the bills. I love that as well. I’d like to make that aspect of my life more exciting and consistent. It’s been about a year or so since I last finished writing a screenplay, so I’m working on finishing more up as soon as possible. I’m inspired by the natural world at the moment. I’ll use that inspiration to guide the future of my creative endeavors.
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?
The road to where I am today has been anything but smooth. I tend to find myself in conflict zones domestically and abroad. Very rarely do I find peace in my environment. I’m from Washington, D.C. I don’t think people outside that small city are aware of how aggressive it is. I love it to death and will find myself back there one day, but I have to come back with effective peacekeeping practices. I’d like for the future generations of Americans to have it much easier than us. They will.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
Now that the music section of my career has been bookended, my next creative focus is filmmaking. I’ve been directing, writing and editing for a decade now. The day before I moved to Los Angeles, I wrapped shooting on a short film I had written and directed. I wrote it in the van I was living in before I moved West. I’ve been in Hollywood for nearly four years now. I’ve been actively creating film-related pieces including 3 documentaries I’ve shot this year, so I have been working. The goal now is to get the work seen. I’m excited for it.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My entire music career makes me proud. Being a perfectionist, the process of creating the music was laborious. I’m glad I can now listen to the music and watch the performances I’ve done throughout my career as a fan. It reminds me of the feeling I had when I scaled a large hill in Edinburgh and looked over the city. I love mountains. I love the scenery you get after scaling difficult ground. That’s what it feels like looking at my discography as a whole. This is all very recent so I’m still proudly enjoying this moment in time.