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Daily Inspiration: Meet Shereen Jenkins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shereen Jenkins.

Hi Shereen, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Everything started with a desire to be an amazing dancer. It wasn’t so much how cool I could look (which is a plus) but even more how good I felt doing it. For a long time, 13+ years, dancing was my voice and my go-to mode for expression for I struggled to find words for what I felt.

As I’ve grown emotionally, mentally, & spiritually… I now tap into many creative avenues to use my voice. I prefer creativity, in general, to speak. I have a natural pull toward anything that allows me to express myself in unique ways. Including drawing, making music, videography, editing, writing, etc. All of these mediums make me feel different feelings and allow me to speak in different ways.

Now I’m at a point in my life where I use each of these mediums fluidly to fuel my fires. Sometimes I just see something and need to try that shoe for a little while. just to know me better. I’ve never been one to just do one thing and only one thing. That to me sounds a little like death.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Absolutely not a smooth road. I think the more I really began to know myself, the harder things got for a while. It’s really like… you’re you and you’ve been you… until you realize that the “you” you know is just an accumulation of other people’s ideas, opinions, thoughts, environments, etc.

This doesn’t mean these things are any less you but at the same time, this means you’re not your most real you. The version that defies all odds and can follow the beat of your own drum regardless of any turnout. Then it’s kind of like you’re having a mid-life crisis because you have no idea who or what you are or what you should do once you look inward, at the core of your truth, and notice some dirty diamonds in the mud that need to be cleaned.

But I think this point in a person’s journey is so necessary because this is where perspective and growth happen, you just have to polish those diamonds covered in dirt.

I can only relate to you to the degree I’ve experienced specific emotions and circumstances within myself. I think things get more clear once we go through the grit of looking inward at what we’re running from and never deviate from that inner place again.

Integration. Knowing I am my home, I am my peace, I am my comfort without the need for anything I once thought I needed. That’s a peaceful place.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
At this point in my life, I call myself an artist and creative director.

I do collaborations with brands as an artist to curate unique products and have a purpose to drive well-being and inspiration. This could be a drawing/painting collaboration, an upgraded design of products, etc. I just did a collaboration in LA with a brand called Solé Bicycles and created a custom bike. That was really dope to be a part of!

I’m a videographer and editor as well and have been shooting professionally for about 6 years with small-medium-sized brands to help them share their unique voice through visual and auditory means. I’ve collaborated with many brands in New York and am seeking to stretch this into something more impactful down the line.

Most people, however, know me through the dancing that I used to output on social platforms for nearly a decade. I’m just now showcasing my love for different avenues outside of dance as I took a break from social media for about 4 years. I’ll always love dance but I’m multi-faceted and need to be able to express myself freely to feel fulfilled.

I’m most proud of… shoot, everything! I’ve had such a unique journey and it’ll probably keep getting wilder. Do you know what it really is? It’s the fact that in every creative avenue I love, I’ve produced amazing results. Even now, as an artist, I’ve collaborated with a couple of large brands.

As a videographer, I’ve had so many clients! As a dancer, I’ve met Usher and grown my online platforms. It’s just dope to do the things I love and help/inspire people along the way.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
No matter the external circumstances and factors you do or don’t have you’ll never be fully satisfied until you meet yourself on the inside and start to explore your own terrain.

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