We had the good fortune of connecting with Jade Wolff and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jade, why did you pursue a creative career?
I have always been creative and have been drawn to artistic endeavors. My mother went to Pratt and enjoys oil painting. I’ve been drawing for as long as I remember and visions to be a ballerina at some point. The shift to lighting design happened when I watched the PBS showing of “the 25th anniversary of the Phantom of the opera at the Royal Albert Hall” the way the stage was lit, and the chandelier were awe inspiring. At 14 and heavily influenced my high school choice individual planning to become a concert lighting Director.!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
So I am currently in lighting design student at the University of Southern California (in my senior year, so I’m soon to be professional!) in regards to what sets me apart from others. I believe that my background in visual arts painting and costume design leads me to have an edge in color, coordination, and expression. My lighting design tends to be very color base, and I love to find influences within the other aspects of my collaborators design to influence the choices that I make.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely take them around the sunny beaches of California. But I would like to take him to a lot of the music places around the city. From the Grammy Museum, all of the concert venues, including; the Kia forum, The Sofi stadium and many others. The museums here are also blessed to go to, especially the broad museum and the Getty Villa.!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to shout out Michael Latimer who is the Theatre Manager of the University Of Southern California: he just recently joined the USC SDA family and has been amazing in guiding my lighting design path.
Brian Feinzimer/Capture Imaging for the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Photos by Reza Allahbakhshi/Capture Imaging for the USC School of Dramatic Arts