Today's written interview is with Jenn Prine (INFJ).
Jenn is a commercial and media photographer/photojournalist, poet, writer and dreamer who believes in magic and LOVE. She lives in Cincinnati and works as a freelance writer, photojournalist and personal branding photographer. She sees the world archetypally and believes that each person is a unique constellation of energy. Her work aims to do away with polarized thinking and to embrace each other authentically.
Her work can be best described as intimate and emotive. All great art moves a person to feel something. She consistently strives to find new ways for her writing and imagery to make a strong and emotive statement. Her strength is her ability to connect with others even if it is from a distance.
Connect with Jenn:
Just look me up on social media as Jenn Prine.
Hey Jenn. So can we start this interview by finding out where in the world you currently reside? Is this also where you grew up?
Cincinnati, OH. Yes, I grew up here.
Do you remember what you were like as a child?
I was the only daughter in the middle of two brothers and raised in a neighborhood of all boys. I was tough and sensitive. I could hold my own but I also would run home crying after getting into it with a dude. LOL
I was feisty. I still am.
What was school like for you? And how were your teenage years as a whole?
I was the weirdo art girl always on the outside looking in. I had friends in every group but I didn’t like cliques.
What words, or phrases, would you use to describe your current self?
“Dreamers can’t be tamed.”
When did you first realise that you were an introvert? How did this happen?
Not until after I quit working at the Chamber of Commerce and chilled out on the networking events. I can EASILY work a room but I hadn’t realized how much I needed to honor my solitude in order to recover.
What's your Myers-Briggs personality type? (if you know it)
When did you first take the Myers-Briggs test and discover your 'type'?
5 years ago
Has its discovery impacted you in any way? If so, how?
Not really but I suppose I found it validating much like my interest in archetypes and astrology which I find more validating than Myers Briggs. It takes things deeper for me. It is one thing for me to know I am an INFJ but it is something else entirely for me to learn that my moon sign is in the dramatic sign of Leo. Myers Briggs was built around Jung’s archetypes which was derived from astrology and mythology. My complexity drove me to astrology much in the same way it did Jung who is also an INFJ. I hadn’t realized I was like Jung until someone told me and then I explored things from that perspective too.
What qualities do you think you share with other INF-types?
We are extremely receptive and tend to listen and ask a lot of questions in order to divert the attention from ourselves to others. It’s a way of hiding. It is also why I love hiding behind my camera. When you meet another one of us you know they can see you and vice versa because we both sense it.
We are seers.
What were your favourite subjects at school? (If applicable) What did you study at university/college?
Urban Planning which is why I worked at the Chamber of Commerce for so long.
What are you spending your time on at the moment?
I write and I do commercial photography. I just got back from photographing a conference in Austin.
Was there a moment in your life when you made a drastic change?
I decided to quit the Chamber of Commerce and do photography full time.
I definitely am the type who doesn’t sit still to well but being on the fly with the photography definitely helps.
Do you have a preferred creative/artistic outlet? Can you tell us a bit about this?
I’m definitely an artist. I’m on the creative end when it comes to photography. I draw and write and urban planning is a design major.
Would you describe yourself as a 'highly sensitive person', or an empath?
Yes, I’m incredibly empathic to the point of feeling other people’s energy even if they are in another state. It has to be projected at me though. I have to be very good with my boundaries.
What does being 'successful' look like to you?
What about 'happiness'... what does that look like to you? Do you have any ‘ingredients’ for this?
Happiness is a highly personal thing. It is custom made. What brings me to life isn’t gonna be the same things as you. I walk toward all those things that feel like expanse and set healthy boundaries around the things that cause me to shut down or cause restriction.
Do you like to plan things, or are you more of a go-with-the-flow type of person?
My Mars is in Pisces so I’m a very in the moment type of person but I know that boundaries help me to manifest things into the physical so I most definitely try to be organized with my work. I’m very good at strategy when it comes to bigger picture planning which is what Urban Planning is. I am very naturally bigger picture because my ascendant is conjunct Uranus which means I am VERY Aquarius but I had to learn to create with intent and to use boundaries which helps us focus and to manifest things into the physical.
But on a personal level I like the unexpected and allowing things to simply happen and walking toward what it is I am drawn toward.
I’ve also been accused of being obsessed or hyper focused which is true and why I’ve been able to do so well at photography and other things.
What does your 'perfect Sunday' look like?
Being outside hiking. I’ve got those earthy vibes about me.
Is there anything you've read, watch or listened to recently, that you've loved?
I am a music person and not big into TV. I am reading “of Blood and Bone” at the moment.
Do you have any favourite blogs or podcasts?
I don’t. I much prefer music and zoning out while I work on art.
I know you said you're not really into TV... but is there anything you've seen that you'd redcmmend?
I have my classics that I go back to like “Stand by Me” and “Game of Thrones” etc. but I am not a big tv/movie person at all.
If you could go back in time and meet "you" back in 2010, is there any advice that you'd give this younger self?
Don’t be so naive and trust that gut of yours! Those INFJ guts are quite genius.
If you could one or two pieces of advice to your fellow INFs, what would they be?
It is very easy for us to get depleted. No matter where I go people sit down and tell me their life stories. I’ve had to learn to set healthy boundaries. It’s okay to give but our lesson in life is to learn to receive. Maybe at times we resist this because it makes us feel vulnerable. Reciprocity is the only way to go when it comes to your inner tribe of relationships.
What does 'self-care' mean for you? How do you practise it?
Self care is a list of things. It is me releasing all that noise I take in on my yoga mat. I practice yin yoga daily which breaks open the posture and releases the anxiety and tension. I am also hyper sensitive to food and I listen closely to what my body wants. It has been craving blueberries for a long time now and most recently cinnamon. It is also making sure I have enough solitude so that I don’t turn into a passive aggressive hot mess.
Do you have a favourite quote?
“Happiness is like a butterfly, the more you chase it the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” Henry David Thoreau
Where can others find and connect with you online?
Just look me up on social media as Jenn Prine
And lastly, is there anything else you'd like to say?
Finding yourself requires patience and practice. It is an unveiling. Even in the world of INF’s, you are UNIQUE. You are a constellation of energy in ecstatic motion, a one of a kind burst of energy meant to do amazing things. Annnnnnd you’ve got a head start because you are already on the outside looking in and not absorbed by the group think!
Thank you, Jenn, for taking part and sharing your story. I've really enjoyed this.
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