MEET THE CHARACTER
Each and every person has a unique perspective, a unique story, motives, and background. In these interviews we delve into the depths of morals, caring, love, hatred, personality, human experience, acceptance, development, and the way people are shaped through change.
NAME: Jade Penn
Year of birth: 1990
Hair color (As you would describe it): Dyed midnight blue
Eye color (As you would describe it): Brown
Place of birth: South Carolina, US
Living place, as of now. And tell us a bit about your travel if any: Currently still reside in South Carolina. Have traveled to California, Canada, New York, and Acapulco, Mexico
Tell me about your parents: Sweet, stubborn, considerate…My Dad works in computers and my Mom is a stay-at-home Mom. I get my love of children, and my stubbornness from my Dad and I get my sensitivity, and compassion from my Mom.
A bit about your childhood:
I am the oldest of two kids. My life is full of happy memories. My parents would always go on vacations with my sister and I, and encouraged our love of movies and books. If anyone knows what Accelerated Reader is, I won every year at my school from 1st – 8th grade and my sister won every year she was in school as well. I have fond memories of my Mom always showing up for field trips and school activities, as well as my DIY projects around the house with my Dad.
Name a weird habit or quirk of yours (be honest, no one is judging you):
I have OCD and I’m really weird about things having to be even. As I was growing up I developed this quirk where, if I’m not focused or my brain starts to wonder, I count syllables in everyday speech and they have to end with an even number of syllables or else I feel compelled to add more to the conversation. For example: “I have cake.” Is only three syllables so if I was talking to someone and that weird quirk popped up, I would have to say: I have cake. Do you want a slice?” so now I have an even amount of eight syllables.
I hope I explained that correctly.
My personality trait is ESFJ. So, I have a strong desire to be liked, feel insecure at times, and have a hard time seeing or accepting a difficult truth about people close to me.
I have a strong sense of responsibility, have excellent time-management skills, am loyal, and good at connecting with others and forming long-lasting relationships.
Tell me about your passions?
American Sign Language is definitely at the top of the list. I’ve been learning for about 4 years and can engage in conversation easily now. I love interacting with the deaf, and would love to create or design something that would make their lives easier.
Of course, reading and writing are at the top of the list too! I’ve read too many books to count, and currently have about 50 books on my Google Wish list. I’ve been writing since I was 6, but really developed a love for it in middle school.
Honestly, if I have ASL, reading, and writing, I’m set for life. Oh, and an iced green tea from Starbucks.
Political stance? Or just your feelings on politics?
Honestly, I feel that no politician can truly benefit all people. Overall, I think politics are a touchy subject and would rather not bring it up in conversation.
Feelings on religion?
I’m Christian and my religion is a big part of my life. However, I have many friends that aren’t religious and we get along just fine.
Do you have a career? Dream job?
Currently, I work in the medical field as a Medical Biller, and I love my job, but my dream job is to balance ASL interpreting with writing.
What’s your education background?
High School and Technical College
Thoughts on poverty?
It’s sad that we produce enough food for everyone to have more than enough to eat and be satisfied, but still have a large amount of the world’s population going to bed hungry every night. We’re wasteful, and I think everyone should volunteer at a soup kitchen at least once in their lives.
How do you feel about astronomy?
I think the stars are awesome, and would love to study them and learn about the constellations. Honestly, if I could be an astronaut, I would, but I don’t know if that’s only because I enjoyed watching Hidden Figures, The Martian, and Interstellar. I’m sure being an astronaut is a whole lot harder.
Do you believe in psychics?
The occult? Paranormal?
I believe demons exist and that so-called witches and warlocks are in contact with demons. But vampires, fairies, and werewolves? No.
Reaction to death or blood?
Death saddens me. I’ve lost too many dear friends and family members to death so funerals can be hard to attend. I’m fine around blood.
What’s your worst job?
I’ve only held two jobs so far and thoroughly enjoyed both. If it counts, I do hate cleaning up the kitchen.
Honestly, staying in, cooking dinner together (something like Hello Chef or Blue Apron) and then laying out under the stars telling secrets to each other. P.S. My dream honeymoon is way more exciting.
What song would you make the soundtrack to your life? Why?
Titanium by David Guetta (feat. Sia) because though imperfect and capable of giving up, I like to think I’m indestructible despite what people may say to me or act towards me. Yes, I’m a sensitive person and yes, I want to be liked, but I also realize that not everyone who enters my life needs to stay in my life and this song helps me be strong.
Describe yourself in four words:
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes and no. I believe you can love someone upon first meeting them, but you can’t be in love with them until you get to know them a little more.
One thing you would change about yourself?
I wish I could care and worry less.
Funniest thing to ever happen to you?
I was cleaning and threw a paper cup in the sink while yelling, “Two Points!” the child I was babysitting came behind me, grabbed a glass, and threw it in the air yelling, “Two Points!” The expression on her face as the glass shattered on the floor was priceless, but thankfully, she was a good well-behaved child, and stood still while I cleaned the glass up around her and made sure she didn’t have any on her clothes or in her hair. Thankfully she didn’t, but her parents and I still laugh about that story to this day.
Worst thing to ever happen to you?
My grandfather dying
Traveling. It’s truly opened up my world to new ideas and experiences.
If you could be a shapeshifter what would you be?
Hmmm. I wouldn’t mind turning into a cat. They’re quiet, can climb, graceful, and fast.
Questions that break the bounds. If you feel uncomfortable these interviews can remain anonymous.
What would you consider your darkest/deepest secret? Who are you the most afraid of finding out?
I can’t even put it into words. If he found out, I would lose a really good friend.
What is your home life like?
I don’t know if this is a rarity, but it’s quite good. I get along with all my family, I was never abused, scared, or felt compelled to run away. I have good relationships with both of my parents.
What are your life goals? What are you willing to do to get there?
To support myself either by writing, or interpreting, or both. To get there, I am determined to do whatever it takes. I’m very goals-driven and if I have to skip a couple of parties, stay up studying, wake up early in the morning to write, or anything else that’s fine.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? (Be Honest, no one is judging you)
I would love for everyone to go to sleep healthy and happy every night. That includes being well-fed, healthy, and having a comfortable place to sleep.
What is your strongest passion? Why are you passionate about it? What brought this to your attention?
Helping others. My ultimate goal in life, married or not, is to adopt. I’ve always wanted kids and I think the best way I can make a difference is to give children the childhood they deserve. I had a really good childhood growing up, and I think if we could give children a bright, positive outlook on life, it would benefit the world as a whole.
Honestly, I want to adopt as many as I can.
Real talk, Tell me your story, what moments in your life have defined you? Why and how?
My car accident – thank God no one died
My grandfather dying
Getting my first car
Snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean
Crossing the border and almost getting detained with my sister
Winning writing awards
Starting my first blog
Falling in love and getting my heart broken