We had the good fortune of connecting with Aimee Jennings and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aimee, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
My entire career is about risk. My films are based on the risk of traveling alone as a woman, not to mention a woman of color. I was asked once after my first film premiered, “Who told me I could do that?” I simply answered, “Nobody told me I couldn’t”. It was never a question for me. As a woman of color, I had very few role models in mainstream media to look up to. Even fewer behind the camera but I just knew they were out there. Pursuing a career in the arts was a huge risk but the only thing I ever wanted. I will always try to get the things I want.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Editing, despite being pioneered by women, has become a boys club. As a woman of color working in film and television post-production, it hasn’t been an easy journey. I started in reality TV at the very bottom, night assisting. Then stayed in reality for more years than I care to admit. I was often the only woman and usually the only person of color on the staff. All the while I was forcing myself to go to networking events and make connections with other industry people. I finally got a break and got an assisting editing position on a scripted TV show. After working on a couple of different shows I moved up to editor a couple of years ago. The key to my success in this industry is perseverance. I still have major goals still left to accomplish in my career. I have reached a point I am happy with but I still try to move forward with every new job. I’ve learned to never stop working, never take your feet off the gas. There is always something better.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Glendale and I love it so very much. The first day would definitely be spent there, riding the trolly around the Americana, strolling down Brand, and having dinner at Damon’s. Then I’d take my guests downtown, breakfast at the Grand Market. Spend some time on a rooftop pool and have dinner and drinks at 71Above. We’d also spend a day at the beach, probably Zuma. A couple of days in the desert are also a must for visitors. Pappy & Harriet’s is an essential stop when visiting southern California. No visiting guest to Los Angeles should skip a movie screening at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. I would be remiss as a filmmaker if I didn’t suggest that.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shout out to my parents, who never questioned my career ambitions. They only ever supported me and never made me feel doubt about my life choices.