The Minis: Jade Pattenden
Hi Jade! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am an artist. I am an immigrant from Scotland, and currently live in Vancouver, BC. I work full time in the tv and film industry as a background actor, and I model occasionally as well.
What is your background (i.e. education, previous jobs, experiences that led you to create)?
I attended the University of Saskatchewan for a year before dropping out and moving to Vancouver. I’ve worked at Booster Juice, College Pro, and Homesense before I joined the film industry. These jobs helped strengthen work ethic, independence and how to deal with people who power trip. My family has always influenced me to create. My Gran and Dad were always filling their time by creating something. They have always been supportive and let me join them. My Gran taught me how to knit, cook, and how to use a pottery wheel. My Dad has extensive knowledge in so many areas, and can create almost anything from scratch. My whole family is creative in some way!
What made you want to become a model and work in film?
I didn’t view a career in tv and film as a realistic career until Vancouver. I had no idea the industry here existed. However, I’ve always been intrigued with the human experience. I fell in love with books, then movies and television. I am always curious about hearing other people’s stories and I’m that annoying person that will ask you why you do certain things you do. I like modeling because it helped me be less awkward in my own body. I can sit back and be the canvas for other people and it’s fun being apart of someone else’s creative vision.
As someone who is a part of various different creative projects and industries, how do you manage your different jobs and the different mindsets of each set?
Since everything is basically freelance work, they work well together. Sometimes work can overlap but most of the time companies and my background and principal agents are flexible. I thought modeling would have more strict standards, but the people I’ve worked with in Vancouver are very open-minded and kind. They actually prefer my hair big, curly and natural and they don’t care about my hip measurements like a lot of companies that are based in other cities would. They work with what I have and don’t ask me to change. Unfortunately the film industry can be less accepting of things like my natural hair, but it varies from project to project and I’m hopeful that things will change.
What is something that you are currently looking forward to?
I’m excited to take more acting classes, and pushing my comfort zone by taking classes that have always intimidated me, like dance and kickboxing. I’d like to try writing as an outlet. I am looking forward to working on new tv shows and movies. As for modeling, I hope I get to work with more local Vancouver companies.
What makes you passionate about the work that you do?
My passion is fueled by the idea that there’s so much to learn in this lifetime. I believe humanity is unified by the sharing of our experiences, which are expressed by word of mouth, music, acting, photography, poetry… any form of art! I believe the key to creating is to be curious in every single aspect of life by asking why, what and how.
What creative women do you find inspiring?
Ahhh! So many. My Gran, of course. My mum makes amazing clothing. One sister is an amazing makeup artist who does amazing body art. My other sister is a singer/songwriter and is interested in videography. I have friends I met in the industry who are writers, singers, actors, dancers, and photographers. I’ve worked with amazing successful Vancouver brands ran by women (Truvelle Bridal, Wolf Circus, Street and Saddle etc.). They all chase their dreams and help diminish the insecurities I had felt about pursuing a creative career. I admire women who use their vulnerability to creative amazing work. I love musicians like Lorde and Sia for those reasons.
What are some of your favorite places in Vancouver?
I love driving up to a high point of West Vancouver and enjoying the view of the city. It’s incredible. Kitsilano beach, Stanley Park and the Orpheum are my favourites as well. I feel like I still have so much of Vancouver to explore!