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Conversations with the Inspiring Jamee Cornelia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamee Cornelia.

Jamee, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I got into the creative industry at 15 with my own clothing company which was created to sponsor a skate team I was in. Eventually, we started needing photos and film lines for YouTube, so I became the videographer for the team since I wasn’t the best skater on the team and I had access to free cameras in AFJROTC in high school.

Then, Odd Future happened and all my friends became rappers, I was already in a band at the time, and that’s how started filming music videos and pretty much became the go-to music video director in my area (Marietta and parts of Atlanta that were Marta accessible, lol!).

As I started, filming music videos got old enough to go to concerts, etc. and that along with meeting producers and musicians through Facebook and Tumblr started my journey as a solo musician.

I was also a lead vocalist for a punk band called Howling Star for 4 years and we started our own concert series called Punk Black while I was also in a hip-hop collective called Visibly Inflight for my solo work.

Currently, I still release solo music under Jamee Cornelia as well as direct music videos and me and the friends of the group I use to be in called Visibly Inflight run our own indie label “L7 Records” named after this store I wanted to open up for my clothing company back in high school at Marietta Square.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Well, the biggest bump for me is that I am a Queer Black Woman in a male-dominated field in the South. When I started, it was hard for me to get new people to want to work with me because I wasn’t taken seriously due to my youth gender race and at times sexual orientation. ESPECIALLY, when it comes to requesting someone to pay your worth. However, the same things that made me feel lesser than and made people treat me poorly in areas like Cobb County and where I’m from Fuquay Varina, North Carolina. I am FLOURISHING for in East Atlanta. My biggest advice to women or anyone who feels like they are experiencing this feeling is to travel OFTEN even if it’s just a different environment like Marietta Square vs Little 5 points, lol.

I travel to different cities a lot {just left Knoxville and I’m going to Phoenix in 2 weeks which to some people may not even be a big deal but when you’re raised in a small town like Fuquay Varina that mentality of staying in your environment or comfort zone can be contagious.

So, remember you ARE worth it and TRAVEL.

what should we know about L7 Records? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am probably most known for my video editing style and my live performances since I have shows a lot. What I’m most proud of is Multi-Media curation. I’m really good and making things look cool with film and graphics, lol!

I shoot film as well and help an artist with the label my and my friends started with “roll out” planning and content curation.

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
Being taken seriously. I feel like a lot of women have to have “empires” 3 times as big before they are recognized as an equal.

Pricing:

  • Music Video Base Pricing is 200
  • Photography base pricing is 50

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@Lunariiitz, @grvndmvsterwvve, @the_kodakk

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