CHASSIDY JADE

Posted on: Monday, July 28, 2014

Today’s installment of Real Life Glam features film maker and video editor Chassidy Jade. As someone with lots of heart and tons of stories to tell, we had the opportunity to snag an interview with Chassidy after the premiere of her newest work, Brown Ballerina. Check it out below:

GLAM Life Blog: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your latest project, Brown Ballerina.

Chassidy Jade: Brown Ballerina is a very artistic short film highlighting a young dancer’s story through an original audition dance solo. Professionally, I’m a video editor here in Miami and LA. I do a lot promo work for TV and Film, which I don’t think reflects my views or the diversity of us as a people. At this point I’m exploring the independent film world, trying to tell a different story.

GLB: Where did your inspiration for the film come from?

CJ: My sister was a Brown Ballerina, so the whole vision really came from her experiences.

GLB: Like so many little girls, we took dance classes growing up and Jessica even kept on with it in college. What we noticed, however, was the lack of brown faces the higher up we went in dance. With that said, how important do you think it is for a wide array of body images and skin colors to be included in the dance world?

CJ: I think it’s very important that dancers be judged off of their technique and their ability to uphold the ballet art form, not from images of a body type they can’t control. Forcing any woman to be ashamed of herself is ludicrous and only serves the purpose of unproductivity. With that being said, young girls, especially brown girls, deserve to see themselves in every light.

Brown Ballerina dance

GLB: Are you a dancer? If so, is this film based on your personal experiences in any way?

CJ: I’m not a dancer, but I do think Brown Ballerina is a universal film. We’ve all been discriminated against and the film highlights a few things I went through. For instance, I did not fit in with the “black stereotype” but trying to find that confidence in yourself makes many pieces of the film relatable to all.

GLB: So we’ve just got to know. When did you first start making movies?

CJ: Haha! Well I’ve been making movies in my head for a long time. I have notebooks full of scripts but I did my first short film, Jezebelle, in college. I actually started producing my films when I was in school since I had the resources to do so, but I’ve been writing forever.

GLB: Here at GLAM Life we definitely understand the need for representation in all forms of media (movies, TV shows, etc.). What’s one tip you have for someone who wants to create meaningful films for diverse audiences?

CJ: You have to be true to yourself and true to your audience. Personally, I can’t write what I don’t know about or something I’m not inspired by. Everything I do comes from a personal place. I think the key is to be relatable, but at the end of day you have to find that fine line between what people want and sticking to your vision and purpose.

GLB: We definitely want all of our readers to Go Live a Marvelous Life and make it their mantra of sorts. What’s your personal mantra?

CJ: I live by this quote I created: “We’re taught to relate, not to think for ourselves so that it’s easy to find comfort in boxes that fit a specific character. Once you step outside that character, you become human.” This quote means I try to be who I am. I don’t let where I’m from, my race, age, who I know, or anyone affect who I am and who I will be.

GLB: Who are some of your favorite filmmakers?

CJ: I have a couple: I love Stanley Kubrick and Quentin Tarantino; they really pushed the envelope. I’m definitely a Spike Lee fan, I like his cinematic style and messages. Tony Scott has inspired my editing style, while F. Gary Gray is so versatile. Hype Williams is my all-time favorite director, though. He actually does music videos, but they’re like films to me and have inspired me so much.

GLB: When you’re not off directing and being extraordinary, what do you like to do for fun?

CJ: I’m a big kid. I love go-karting, swimming, bowling and being active. I’m a super chill person, so I love going to poetry spots, art galleries, and events with live music. I’m also very into fashion and the culinary arts. I love to cook more than anything.

GLB: All in all, what’s next for Chassidy Jade?

CJ: Besides being just a movie, Brown Ballerina is a movement. We have started a non-profit organization for young girls to experience ballet by having dance programs, giving away scholarships, and hosting local screenings. I have a line of upcoming projects, though. My next project is a play on my post grad experience and what I felt like I didn’t learn in college. It’s a serious comedy, so I’m very excited about it!

Brown Ballerina

Definitely check out more of Chassidy Jade’s Brown Ballerina on its official movie website and Facebook page! Also, follow her @crownmeroyalxo on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube; you’ll be glad you did!

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Swim Week 2014

Posted on: Thursday, July 24, 2014

July 17 – 21 marked one of the busiest weekends in South Florida — Swim Week (Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim if you’re fancy). Every year around this time, visitors come from all over to view the latest in swim and resort wear. Last year, I attended a ton of fashion shows, but this time around, I decided to take it easy.

There were definitely a few presentations that I was looking forward to attending — Mara Hoffman, SUBOO, and Minimale Animale — but I didn’t go to any of them. At first I was really excited to go, but then as each event drew closer and the rain started pouring down, it wasn’t as enticing.

I decided to spend the time with my family instead. That weekend we went out to eat, hung out at the beach, and just enjoyed each other’s company. And if I really wanted to take a look at what I was missing, I went on Instagram and snuck a few peeks at all the #swimweek pictures.

In the past, I would’ve been dying to attend every and any show, but not anymore. There’s just something about being away that makes you appreciate the things that really matter that much more. That’s not to say that I didn’t have any Swim Week fun, I did, but I only attended what I had time to attend and I didn’t feel guilty for not participating in what I couldn’t/just didn’t want to. And trust me, it felt great!

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Intern File #4: Pimps and Potential Projects

Posted on: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Being in the investigative unit of Fusion is much different from internships I’ve had in the past. Since the network is just starting up (now available nationwide on DISH!), I feel like some of the stories I work on have the potential to shape the future of the channel in some capacity. For instance, Fusion Investigates released its newest documentary Pimp City two weeks ago and I learned so much while researching sex trafficking from Mexico to New York.

stats on sex slavery, fusion, investigative unit, pimp cityDon’t be fooled though, sex trafficking happens all over and affects lots of people annually.
Is your hometown a hub for sex slavery?

fusion, pimps, pimp city, statistics, statsCan you believe John Boehner makes less than a P-I-M-P?

As of late, I’ve been working on pitching story ideas that Fusion may use for future projects. It’s been pretty difficult trying to think of all new ideas, but I’ve been told it’s not simply a matter of knowing what hasn’t been explored but finding a new way to tell an imporant story, even if it’s been told before.

With that in mind, I’ll keep my eyes and ears open for any potential leads and interesting stories. I’ll keep you posted!

XOXO,
Jessica

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