WHO IS SHE?
Hey, I'm Jenny - the SHE behind the camera!
Let me tell you a little about SHE, or me, Jenny! I am born and raised in Akron, Ohio, but currently live in my husband’s hometown of Wadsworth. Since moving here my dreams have come true. I’ve won countless awards (including a Telly), been accepted as a leader in the community, an advocate of kindness, recognized as a Wadsworth Entrepreneur of the Year and received an ATHENA Young Professional award! My husband, son Jett, and I live in a century old house perfectly situated in the heart of downtown. The people of Wadsworth, and Medina County in general, have captured my creative heart and been supportive of me from the very start.
A Little More About Me
In truth, I toyed around with video cameras and camcorders ever since I was a kid. It took a bit of time, and some life experiences, but my love for playing with the camera, telling stories and being creative came back to me in the long haul. I started my freshman year at The University of Akron, in 2003, where I eventually graduated with a degree in mass media communication, a minor in creative writing, and spent some time creating commercials for Night Rock on WZIP, 88.1FM, in exchange for college credits. (Woo!!)
In 2009, post graduation, I landed a job in marketing that focused on branding and introduced me to social media management—this was lightyears ahead of where we are currently and at a much slower than today. In 2010, an ad on Facebook called for a “videographer” position. So, on a whim, I decided to apply for the job. I assumed that a mix of media, art, radio and courses in cinema would help me get me the job. I was right. I got the job. From that moment on, I spent the better part of 8 years traveling around Northeast Ohio filming small businesses, business owners, entrepreneurs, brick and mortar shops, non-profits - YOU NAME IT! I was filming up to 4-5 videos a week, editing late nights and even on the weekend—this was a one-woman show (as I am today)! I traveled to film videos in Akron, Avon, Brunswick, Beachwood, Chagrin Valley, Cleveland, Copley/Fairlawn, Dublin, Hudson, Medina, Millersburg, North Royalton, Parma, Strongsville, Wadsworth, West Lake and even into Pennsylvania.
The time spent on the road and in my office, editing late into the night, is where I began to remembered my passion for being a creative and reminded me of the times growing up when I would play with the camera, include my friends, or convinced teachers that I could make videos instead of writing reports (I can be pretty persuasive)!. This job as a videographer was a launching pad and gave me everything I needed to break out on my own and start my own videography business.
In 2018, life happened and (with a four year old in my lap and a puppy on my floor) it was time to start my own business! My experience as a videographer had me wearing multiple hats as a producer, scheduler, videographer, editor, and the person solely responsible for interacting with the clients regarding filming logistics, script writing, B-roll, video changes, etc., the list goes on.
In starting this business I knew a for things for sure:
1) I wanted my business involved in the community.
2) I wanted small business and non-profits to think of me as their local, go-to, community videographer.
3) I wanted to be a person the community could lean on for video questions (even social media) to strengthen the conversation and knowledge around video production.
4) From my first post-college job, I knew about branding. So, in creating a business name I know that if someone was to ask, “Oh, who did that video?” One might be inclined to say, “SHE did!"
And behold, SHE Did It Videography was born!
My passion in starting my own business has always been to make videos accessible for my small business family as well as non-profits. I love fostering collaborations with other creators and entrepreneurs and seek to always be a resource that is obtainable to any and all small businesses, brick and mortars, local event planners, entrepreneurs, etc. SHE will always serve small first, displaying creativity, in every project, regardless of how many times we work together.
I am a huge advocate for getting involved, supporting local, and giving back to the community! So videography isn’t just a livelihood for my family, it is a way of giving back. I work just as hard creating/producing/editing video as I do in finding new ways to give back to individuals, my town, county, community and nonprofits who often carry essential humanitarianism. I sit on numerous boards, offer my hand in several committees, volunteer when I can and am delighted to donate videos as I see fit—I don’t say this to boast, I believe we should all lend a hand in the way of kindness. If you are a small business or non-profit in Northeastern Ohio that has a vision for a video that you want to see brought to life, let’s connect! Who knows the places we’ll go together!