Jazmyn Griffin: Views From the Pit
1) WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF. HEY, EVEN BRAG A LITTLE.
Well first off, I'm a third year journalism and communications studies major at the University of Texas.
I think the best word that I would use to describe myself is a "creative." I'm constantly working on something artistic, whether it's in my head, my journal or in class or for a job. I love fashion and creating looks that express how I'm feeling on the inside. I love taking photos, but more recently, I've been loving being in front of the camera. I guess I'd never really thought of myself as a model before, but that had more to do with what society told me then who I truly am or have the potential to be. I'm a DJ (the "plays music" kind not the "spins records" kind) and an intern at XL recordings, so a "marketer" I guess you could say. I'm becoming a socialite, partially for work, and partially because I love meeting new people and fostering connections (as cheesy as that sounds). That's me - a creative, a model, a marketer, a socialite, a friend. A busy gal.
2) TELL US ABOUT THE WORK YOU ARE DOING AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT.
Right now, I am working on building my personal portfolio. Within that, I'm working on my skills as a leader with my website Views From the Pit that I run with Kristen Balderas and Alexis Crutchfield. In the past, we've done festival coverage, concert coverage, interviews with artists, etc. Right now, we're trying to take everything that we've been doing and go a step above-- documentaries, short or long, more in depth features. We're trying to book shows and create events for our site. Personally, I want to highlight the women of color that are making great strides in music and culture, since I feel like so much coverage I see about us is surface level and very "look we're not racist, we covered a black girl once." Our work is important because I feel like we embody authenticity (which is part of the reason we started the site). We want to be something authentic and real where people can express their true selves: their views.
3) WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME CHALLENGES IN PURSUING THIS WORK?
So, you know that movie Click where they have the remote and it stops time? I need one of those. It's hard to find time to balance what you have to do for class and for grades and what you have to do for a job and what you have to do for an internship on top of what you want to do for yourself personally. I'd say time is the biggest factor against us, especially since graduation is going to come sooner than we think it is. I'm trying to find a way to live each moment to its fullest extent.
4) WHERE AND HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU IN YOUR QUEST?
Follow me on all social media and my website's social media! Exposure is such an important thing at this time in my life. If you create a great piece of art and no one sees it, although the process was worthwhile and important, it's just not ideal. I'd like to maximize the amount of people who see my modeling work , my photography and my written work. I'd also like to maximize the amount of people who see the work of my friends. I'm blessed to have a network of people who are just as creative and driven as I am and I want to meet as many more people who are like that as possible. That's why I think social media is so important-- you can start a connection that you potentially may not have had otherwise. Next thing you know, you have a new friend.
5) WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MANTRA?
I have this tattoo on my spine. It says, "Have you ever really danced on the edge" from 'The Balcony Scene' by Pierce the Veil, my all-time favorite emo-phase band. I think the meaning of the lyric for Vic Fuentes, the singer, was different than what it is for me, but I also think that lyrics are up to interpretation and they mean something different for everyone. For me, the saying is a reminder to not necessarily live dangerously but live wonderfully. It's getting out of my comfort zone and becoming the person that I want to be. I try to dance on the edge every day.