JENNIFER CEE / by Olivia Seally

JC - My name is Jennifer, I’m 25 years old and I was born in Vancouver but live in Toronto now. I went to an art and design school in Vancouver called Emily Carr, for Communication Design. I graduated about three years ago and like a lot of people leaving school I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, so at the time I was open to doing a lot of different things.

Graphic design was never going to be the end career for me because I was also into in photography, art direction, and just anything related to creating visuals. Right now I'm working with a company called Free Agency - a creative content studio. I produce video content, shoot photos, and do some art direction for them. 

We’re now working on The Creator Class which documents, shares, and follows people in creative fields. It’s been very inspiring to hear about and meet people in certain fields and see what they do – that's something I don’t think I would’ve done on my own, especially moving to a new city.

FF - Would you consider yourself a freshman, sophomore or senior in your field?

JC - Oh definitely a freshman! And I don’t think that’s going to change in the next eighty years - if I live that long (laughs). I feel like I’m constantly learning, but very content to be. If I ever took a photo or video and considered it 'perfect' or 'my favourite' then that's when I would consider myself a senior in my field, but I honestly don’t ever see that happening. For me,

the process of making things goes hand-in- hand with trying to figure out why I need to make anything at all.

So in a sense, I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing most of the time, just continuing this long process of personal documentation and documentation of shifts in perspective. 

I'm hoping in fifty years, if I look back at my body of work it'll finally become clear to me what sort of impression I have of my current state of mind; while I’m here in the moment it’s kind of hard to pinpoint that feeling. 

FF - You have 197,000 followers on Instagram right now! How?

JC - I think it was just consistently putting stuff out, but for my own enjoyment/judgement only. I didn’t start using Instagram until I moved to Toronto and before that I wasn’t doing much photography, or much of anything to be honest (laughs). The idea of having to hold myself accountable for one task every single day was kind of alluring, because that was something I never committed to before. To be honest, it's kind of funny, awkward, and embarrassing because I’m very private (aka the least marketable girl you’d know).

FF - Three people to recommend looking into? Othello Grey
Ian Lanterman
Rosanna Peng

FF - What are the qualities of a life well lived for you?
JC - Never settling. That is really important to me. Enjoyment in what you do and, I don’t know, a lot of pizza? (laughs) 

you can follow Jen here.

As told to: Olivia Seally / Photos: Olivia Seally