After leaving the county to visit Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she had the opportunity to interview Chelsea Clinton, and tour through women's craft businesses and a vocational center. Jacki managed to give us a few minutes to discuss her passion for creativity and what it takes to thrive in New York City. Read on!
Aesthetically Inspired: Gives us a quick run down of: who you are, what you do, and why you chose this form of creativity.
Jacki: My name is Jacki Huntington. I'm 26. I define myself as someone who does and explores a whole lot of things, all autodidact-like. I've dipped toes into illustration, photography, web design, writing, interviewing, songwriting and sound, so it only makes sense that I'm now a filmmaker. I work as a video producer at Refinery29, where I've somehow convinced them to pay me to flex my imagination all day long. My work is steadily becoming something I can explain to my mom.
AI: Are there any movie or videos you care to share?
Jacki: Among other things I do at R29, I produce and film a mini doc series about female gender identity and body image called Get Real. It's new and we're working out the kinks, but this episode about my dear friend Ligaiya and her adolescent scoliosis is my favorite so far: https://youtu.be/a2IlWMOpQR8
AI: What's the biggest lesson you learned by moving to New York?
Jacki: Willingness is the key!
AI: Why keep creating?
Jacki: I am so fucked, because I'm addicted to creating! Working on projects and rendering ideas in different media is so much a part of my identity and agency as a human being. I'm sure I'll spend my last dime on photo shoot confetti and fake vomit.
AI: What's a motto that you live by?
Jacki: I swear by a complete and utter lack of shame and a willingness to lower my standards to survive. I am the monkey who knows she is wearing a tiny waistcoat, and I try to take it off whenever possible, to stay wild and in touch with my base nature. If you're asking yourself, "Is this the kind of woman who has happily peed her pants in public while walking down the street with friends, so as not to interrupt the pleasant flow of conversation?" Yes.
AI: Anything else you care to share?
Jacki: My hair is a work in progress. (smiles)
Follow Jacki: @jackihuntington