What do you think has been the biggest influence in becoming happy with who you are?

I’d have to say that finding my passion in life has become the biggest influence. I am head over heels in love with art. Painting, sketching, music. By embracing all these aspects, I find that I feel myself growing as a person and developing more an more into who I aspire to become.

How do you see yourself in the world?

I see myself as a young, curious woman on the constant hunt for new inspiration and experiences.

What is your fatal flaw?

My fatal flaw is the ability to be clouded too easily by negativity. Sometimes this sick part in my head takes me down the wrong train of thoughts and can affect who I am as a person. Its something that I’m currently working on to the best of my ability.

Do you think by making honest decisions in your life, you’ve made positive changes in the world? (what has making honest decisions in your life done for the world/your world/ what does it mean to make an honest decision)

Being honest is always the right thing to do and although in that moment it may not seem like its the best option, it will always lead to a positive outcome as opposed to being dishonest. In that sense, it has made my world a clearer.

What is the most important thing women do for each other?

The most important thing women can do for each other is support one another. Rather than seeing another woman as a competition, see them as your sister. We live in a male-dominated world drowned by the media that hides this notion of empowerment for one another.

What are the defining traits of a woman?

The defining traits of a woman: ambitious, courageous, strong, self-respecting, loving, beautiful.

What are your defining traits?

I’d have to say my defining traits are being passionate, creative, determined and independent.

What do you wish you were more of?

To be honest, I wish I was a little more unpredictable and mysterious. Now a days we are all used to sharing and exposing our lives via facebook, Instagram, etc. I do it too. But we can sometimes forget its good to leave others wondering who we are and where we came from.

How would you describe your perspective of the world?

Its a beautiful, horrifying place. There is good and there is bad but overall, the world you live in completely depends on your perspective. I see the world as a huge playground to go out to explore, experience and learn.

What’s the worst thing the media has done for you?

 Media has engraved a false idealization of beauty into my mind. Especially as someone trying to work in the fashion industry, I’m constantly surrounded by notions of whats right and whats not. When I was younger, it really took a toll on my self-esteem because I always wished I looked like the girls on magazines. Now that I’m older I realize that it was silly to ever be upset over these fictitious standards of what is beautiful in our society.

What’s the best thing the media has done for you?

I’ve been introduced to countless of inspiring visual artists and musicians on a daily basis. Having such easy access to media is incredible for finding sources of inspiration and as an artist myself I am extremely grateful for that. It is also incredible to have the ability to share my work online and have audiences from other cities respond.

If you could change something in your past what would it be? Why? How do you think it would change things now?

To be honest, I wouldn’t change a thing. I really do believe everything happens for a reason and mistakes in the past have brought me here, where I’m supposed to be.

Advice you would have given yourself in the past:

Keep an open mind, question everything and always practice developing your talent.

 

Advice you think you will need in the future:

Do what makes you happy and don’t let anyone hold you back.

Advice you would give yourself now:

The advice I’d give myself now: don’t give up and keep striving to be the best that you can be.

What are, in your opinion, the most important things to life? How have you achieved or are trying to achieve these things?

 I think the most important thing in your life is to never give up. Never give up your dreams and never give up on what makes you happy. We get so caught up with life that sometimes we forget to take a step back and count your blessings.

 

Do you feel like you know what you’re doing/that you have a path?

I do and I don’t. I see myself working in the creative industry for sure, but when it comes down to pin pointing a job I’d like to do, I have no idea what I want yet. It can be a little scary not knowing what I’m doing but it can also be really exciting to see how life will take me where I need to be.

Have you always known what you wanted to do?

 I’ve loved drawing since the age of 3 and started sketching out clothing designs at the start of grade 4 so I guess you could say I did. I knew from a very young age that I’d want to pursue a life that combined art with fashion and flourish with a career in the creative industry.

Whats been the most challenging obstacle to over come?

University by far! It’s been a hell of a 4 years studying Fashion Design with strict deadlines, constant all-nighters and juggling classes with work to pay for rent and bills. But despite how hard its been, I know the battle has been worth it because I’ve grown so much as a person.

What inspires you/ Where do you find inspiration?

 A lot of things inspire me on a daily basis. Music is a huge source of inspiration, if I ever find myself getting lost in a painting I definitely owe it to the track playing in the background. My friends are also extremely inspiring. I’ve been fortunate enough to surround myself with the right people and their stories, goals and accomplishments make me want to keep creating.

What do you see for the future? How would you like to be a part of it?

 I see a future with a much more accepting, open-minded society. I would like to be apart of it by inspiring others to think outside the box and question everything.

 

What is your greatest personal achievement?

 My greatest personal achievement would be getting to the point where I can legitimately sell my artwork to strangers. Our art collective hosted a show not too long ago and for the first time I managed to sell all my pieces hung at the venue. Its an amazing feeling when someone wants to take a part of you home with them.

Would you consider yourself successful or inspiring?

I would hope to be inspiring to others by pouring my heart and passion into art. I love seeing people lose themselves in their talent, I find it extremely inspiring, so if I could reciprocate that inspiration into others then in that sense I would say I’m successful.

Who would you like to see celebrated?

My parents. They have done so much for me my entire life and I would want nothing more than to give them the world on a golden plate.

What does your work mean for you? What does it embody?

My work embodies freedom. The freedom of self expression and having no rules to follow. The freedom of making mistakes and learning from them constantly. To me, my work is an emotional outlet that I can always let myself go in.

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Check out Jeannie’s work on her instagram page and in her Eskape Reality collaborative