I met Jailene during my senior year as an undergrad through this video gig I had on campus. Admittedly, I was super nervous about getting this job. I had worked in this office once before but mostly by myself. Most of the people I knew the first time around had already graduated or moved on to other things. I was going to have to start making friends all over again, which is ridiculously had for me because I’m so hard on myself. But when it came to Jailene, we just clicked. The two of us had a lot in common- our sense of humor, our only child-ness, and most importantly, our work ethic. Although she seems very laid back and nonchalant, Jailene is a hard worker. There isn’t a single project that she doesn’t put her heart and soul into. In fact, when I
first started working with her, I was super impressed with how much skill and knowledge she had at just 19-years-old. Words can’t even do her justice, honestly.
To put it simply, if I were making up a crew of extraordinary women to help me create any type of media project, she’s up there and I’m picky as hell about who I work with. She’s the type of person that you can tell them what you want and not have to worry about what she’s going to bring back because you know it’ll be exactly what you want and then some. But my favorite part about Jailene (much like my favorite part of any person I work with) is that she’s not afraid to ask for help or opinions on her work. She knows what she’s doing but is always looking for ways to improve, which I think makes for the best type of creator. Let’s get to know more about the wonderful Jailene!
Current Location: Union, NJ
Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in film at Kean University
Alma Mater(s): Millville Senior High School
Job Title(s)/Company: Creative Media Specialist – CLS (this makes me sound like a dork), Videographer, Photographer
Youtube: Jailene Burgos
Tell us a little about yourself:
Who am I? I am a girl who loves her island…ahh. I am a girl who is obsessed with everything Disney (including Moana)! I live for movies and music that makes me feel good. I’m your typical girl stumbling through this thing called life. I am also a huge dork. You can find me researching the lives of various superheroes and my favorite musical artists. I love going on adventures and attending concerts. The simple things in life bring me joy, like carpool karaoke. I am big on being yourself and being proud. I find myself gravitating towards positive people. You are who you surround yourself with and I have been lucky to have some kick ass women around me.
Tell us about your business/brand/channel:
My business is just starting up. I’m currently working on setting up my website and publishing my content online. I’ve been doing photoshoots and video shoots here and there to build my portfolio and get my name out there. I’m really excited! Just the other day I made business cards and felt like for the first time I was adulting right. I still have ways to go and I’m learning every day.
Was there a specific experience that inspired you to start your business/brand/channel:
Just like any broke college student, I was seeking ways to earn extra cash. I normally
take my camera almost everywhere I go. I started posting pictures and videos from my trips and noticed they were causing a buzz on my social media. One day, I had a conversation with some of my sorority sisters and fraternity brothers when they gave me the idea to set something up. I gave it a try and trusted my abilities. I have enjoyed being able to share my work and bring people’s visions to life.
What were some of your past jobs and what have you learned/ taken away from them?
I’ve worked as a creative media specialist for my university’s official newsletter. I’ve learned the importance of patience, especially when working with different people. Preproduction plans, editing, and adding graphics are additional lessons I’ve taken away.
Video: The Cougar’s Byte
What have been some of your biggest challenges you’ve faced in your work and how did you overcome them?
One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced was having people unwilling to participate in a project. Sometimes when people are willing, they do not fulfill the roles and the vision does not come to life as expected. I’ve overcome this by not giving up and being persistent. I had to learn how to communicate with the actors to get the best results.
What motivates you and where do you get your inspiration?
From a very young age, I was exposed to the life behind the lens and fell in love. My mother was a photographer and was known as the family’s paparazzi. The older I got, the more I realized the power of film and media. Media does not only hold the power to entertain but to also make a difference. My Puerto Rican background also motivates my inspiration. Throughout the years I’ve noticed the stereotypical roles women were placed in. I’ve never seen people like me in front or even behind the camera, but one person can make a difference. Having the opportunity to create new worlds for audiences to fully submerge themselves is surreal. Being known as the person helping to provide a safe space and present various representations of people is incredible.
What’s your favorite style of photography/videography?
My favorite style of photography/videography is when it tells a story. Films allow insight into the human imagination and offer the chance to explore new worlds that one can fully submerge into.
What does success look like to you?
Success for me looks like living life doing the things that make me happy, whether it be in my personal or professional life.
Hopefully (with the help of the Lord) I won’t be in overwhelming debt. I want to be working with Marvel and developing possibly the first Latina superhero. Or bringing a musical to life for audiences to enjoy. Even traveling with a musical artist and documenting their journey and experiences around the world would be something I look forward to. However, it serves as a reminder that dreams don’t work unless you do.
Who are some women that inspire you?
I can write a ten-page essay with works cited describing the women who inspire me.
Demi Lovato is my life! I have been a fan for the past ten years and counting. She is such an inspirational woman because she keeps it real. She brings awareness to issues of mental illness, eating disorders, and addictions. Lauren Jauregui is also extremely talented and influential! She always speaks her mind on current issues and is a proud feminist. Gina Rodriguez also holds a special place in my heart. I love her acting and love the fact that she is one of the few Latina women who has been recognized for her hard work. She gives women like me a voice and opportunity to become something great in the entertainment industry.
Any advice for other women out there?
Do the damn thing! Don’t ever be afraid to be yourself and do what makes you happy. The big guy in the sky gave you the gift of life but you give yourself the gift of living. Follow your heart and work hard for what you want. Prove others wrong and give yourself the credit you deserve.