Photo by Bella Lee @mediabybella
My website is https://jiday2114.wixsite.com/jayday
Youtube: Jiya’s Dailies
Tell us about your creative path so far and any milestones that you have?
I’ve been doing film for about six years and photography for about four years. When I first started, I didn’t take it very seriously. My high school put me in this program called Bay Area Digital Arts. I wasn’t super excited because, at the time, I wanted to be a lawyer and found filmmaking to be pointless. The tables took some time to turn, but by my junior year of high school. Film/cinema had become my life. I got a lot of experience from the four years that I was there. It was both an emotion tolling timing, but the moment that I also found my voice through art, since being a small 14 to 18-year-old. I am now going to school for film and doing a lot of side stuff.
What sort of specific art styles or artists are you inspired by?
Surrealism is a massive inspiration to me, but Black artists during the Harlem Renaissance era. They made it possible for artists like me to make art about their truth and not be afraid to tell their truth.
Tell us about one piece of work you are not proud of, and what did you learn from it?
The piece that I am not proud of is also my favourite piece. I did a documentary that was initially supposed to be how someone with a disability is just as capable of being in the modelling industry as their able-bodied peers. I didn’t have all that many resources, though, and my
co-director and I at the time managed to do everything by ourselves and didn’t have a budget. This stressed me out a lot, and I lost the piece’s main focus, and it turned into anyone capable of being in the industry. This is true and valid, but the work was supposed to focus on this group that is rarely ever highlighted in modelling or film industries.
What is your best self- care technique?
My best self- care technique is making clay earrings or doing random photoshoots by myself.
If you were on a desert island and could only take one piece of creative material to help you with your work, what would you take and why?
I would take a camera to film my experience, and hopefully, if I get off, edit it into something unexpected.
How do you seek out opportunities?
As of lately, I’ve been seeking opportunities through my TikTok page and my university.
What does support mean to you?
Support to me is being by my side but not babying me if something doesn’t look right. If no one ever tells me that my work is terrible, how will I ever grow as an artist?
If you could change one aspect of our society through your work, what would it be and why?
I want to give more creators with disabilities, LGBTQ+ creators, Black, Indigenous creators of
colour the opportunity to share their stories. I want to have a production company or art house. that showcase them rather than what we usually see in the media. From young people to older people, everyone should feel like they are being represented positively.
What are two useful pieces of advice that you have received from people?
“Don’t give a shit about what other people think, do what you need to do to be happy. Those people aren’t living your life.”
“You deserve to be here.
What are the next steps with your work that you are looking to take?
I may get into modelling soon, depending on if I can find work. I am working on a couple of scripts that I hope will be in production within the next year or two.
What are some platforms that creative’s and freelancers should be using right now and why?
I think some people look down on it, but I do believe that Tiktok can be an excellent platform for artists of all trades to get recognized and find people like themselves.