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Rising Star Jazz Jennings: “If I could start one movement — and this might sound crazy — it would be to prove that consciousness is eternal and that the death process is not what we think it is”

If I could start one movement — and this might sound crazy — it would be to prove that consciousness is eternal and that the death process is not what we think it is. I believe that our consciousness (awareness of self) exists long before this lifetime and will exist long after it. Based on the significant evidence found […]


If I could start one movement — and this might sound crazy — it would be to prove that consciousness is eternal and that the death process is not what we think it is. I believe that our consciousness (awareness of self) exists long before this lifetime and will exist long after it. Based on the significant evidence found in NDEs, psychic phenomena, and hypnosis work, along with my personal experiences and the presence of mysticism throughout much of human history, I feel as though consciousness is infinite and ever-expanding, and therefore so are we. That explains why the Universe is in a constant state of expansion; the Universe enlarges as the collective consciousness grows in the ideas and thoughts it thinks. Of course, this takes a lot of time, effort, and research to prove, but I believe it is possible to discover the truth if we apply modern sciences with New Age metaphysical concepts. Many people already accept the idea that humans have a Soul/Spirit connected to us that exists forever, but modern science has yet to integrate this concept fully. These ideas are what I hope to investigate further when I attend university in the fall, but I have so many other interests as well that it could always change!


I had the pleasure to interview Jazz Jennings. Jazz is the star of the GLAAD Award winning TLC series, “I Am Jazz,” and is an 18-year-old transgender teenager, an LGBTQ rights activist, Youtuber, spokesmodel, influencer and author. Jennings is no stranger to discrimination and she has been BREAKING BARRIERS for most of her life — she is one of the youngest publicly-documented people to be identified as transgender, and the youngest person to become a national transgender figure. Jazz speaks at universities, medical schools, conferences, conventions, symposiums, and major corporations all over the country advocating for the transgender community.


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to doing a film like Denim?

Denim has been a work in progress for the past couple of years. Daryen Ru contacted my mom, but we were very busy filming, I Am Jazz, and we couldn’t commit to the project due to scheduling conflicts. However, Daryen was extremely patient and even when my mom told them that she thought I couldn’t do the project Daryen didn’t give up and waited until the time was right. 
When my mom explained the project to me and why Daryen wrote the script, I knew we had to do it. The bathroom issue is so important. It’s time to pull back the curtain.

Can you share the most interesting part of the filming of Denim?

Being filmed while sitting on a toilet was definitely very interesting… especially since I had to react to the fact that my nemesis (Stacey) had just taken a revealing picture of me. Acting is hard, and trying to react to something horrifying is particularly challenging when being filmed in a toilet stall.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made while filming? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

When I was working with my love interest Myles I was super nervous. He’s a professional actor and very handsome. When I had to make eye contact with him I felt really awkward. But, I learned that no one else was aware of how I felt. I learned that sometimes during filming other’s perceptions can be quite different from your own.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now? What are your hopes for the future of Denim?

Right now, my biggest project is deciding which college I’m going to choose! I’m ready to begin a new chapter in my life. I’m also busy filming season 6 of, I Am Jazz and worked on a PSA for the Trevor Project. As for Denim I’m hoping it will be a big hit and win many film festival awards, but more importantly I hope it helps educate others about the injustice transgender people face. I’m confident that when the audience watches Denim they will show compassion and understanding.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with from the shoot and why? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

I really enjoyed spending time with our director/producer Daryen Ru. They always made me feel good about myself, especially when I had doubts about my acting ability. Daryen would tell me I’m a natural and patiently guide me through the most difficult scenes. I really enjoyed acting with them. Daryen was so fun in the scenes that we shot together. If I was feeling unsure or nervous their sense of humor and level of comfort in front of the camera made situations much easier. Daryen is full of surprises. During a visit to NYC Daryen took us to their burlesque show. Daryen is an amazing dancer and performer who is always full of surprises. They are talented in endless ways.

Which tips would you recommend to others who are in a film to keep calm, cool, and collected?

I like to meditate. Whenever I’m feeling stressed, I’ll just go into a corner, breathe deeply, slowly, and when my mind becomes distracted by the noises around me I’ll slip headphones over my ears. I then focus my attention on a guided meditation or music. By doing this I can proceed calmly with the task at hand.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

If I could start one movement — and this might sound crazy — it would be to prove that consciousness is eternal and that the death process is not what we think it is. I believe that our consciousness (awareness of self) exists long before this lifetime and will exist long after it. Based on the significant evidence found in NDEs, psychic phenomena, and hypnosis work, along with my personal experiences and the presence of mysticism throughout much of human history, I feel as though consciousness is infinite and ever-expanding, and therefore so are we. That explains why the Universe is in a constant state of expansion; the Universe enlarges as the collective consciousness grows in the ideas and thoughts it thinks. Of course, this takes a lot of time, effort, and research to prove, but I believe it is possible to discover the truth if we apply modern sciences with New Age metaphysical concepts. Many people already accept the idea that humans have a Soul/Spirit connected to us that exists forever, but modern science has yet to integrate this concept fully. These ideas are what I hope to investigate further when I attend university in the fall, but I have so many other interests as well that it could always change!

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started acting in a film” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

  1. It takes a long time to film one scene. During the classroom scene it felt like we did a million takes.
  2. We film out of order. I had to get wet in the pool and dry off for another scene. Then, we had to redo hair (my hair takes a long time to dry) and makeup and jump back into the pool.
  3. They serve really great food. If I had known I would have picked a better day to start my diet.
  4. The script can change during filming. There was a scene where I had to jump over a chain linked fence. I ended up getting stuck and bruised my leg.. at the time I was thinking, “this wasn’t in the script.”
  5. You spend a lot of time with the glam people. I really enjoyed meeting the hair, makeup and wardrobe team. They are super talented and I enjoyed getting to know them.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?” This quote is from Cloud Atlas, a book written by David Mitchell and movie adapted by the Wachowskis. At a time of my life when I was struggling with depression and thoughts of feeling insignificant, this quote helped put the value of my life into perspective. I was able to understand that while my everyday actions felt minute and unimportant in the grand scheme of things, my thoughts and feelings were still valid because, without me, there would be one less drop in the ocean. Even though one drop feels small and trivial, if we all felt that way then there would be no ocean at all. Our society is a collective unit and we all play an equal role. Understanding that my actions and decisions could have a ripple effect on this world and transform the future helped me realize that I am a piece of the grand puzzle of life, and the puzzle would not be complete without me.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

I’m always most grateful for my parents. Without them I wouldn’t be the woman I am today. They allowed me to live as my authentic self and without their support life may have been to difficult for me. From the moment I could express myself I told them I was a girl and instead of demeaning me they embraced me and taught me the true meaning of unconditional love.

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

I know this may be odd, but I’d like to sit down with the president and explain to him how his actions have hurt thousands of transgender people and youth. I’d make him listen to everything in my heart and share stories about those that have been negatively affected by his bigotry and ignorance.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Instagram: jazzjennings_

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