Today we’d like to introduce you to Farah Jeune.
Farah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My name is Farah Jeune and I am an artist and community television producer of a television show called ºFarenheight TV. ºF-TV is a LIVE monthly variety show that celebrates people’s greatness through narratives and artistic expression. We produce content such as lip-sync battles, interviews on community heroes and content that uplifts your soul! It airs on the Boston Neighborhood Network, a community access television station in the historic neighborhood of Roxbury.
So what inspired ºF-TV? When I graduated college in 2013, I was ready to take on the world with my passion for television production. I became a semifinalist for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation internship in Hollywood and thought this was it! However, the universe had other plans. I didn’t get the internship, was drowning in debt and after a year of over a handful of job rejections in this field, I was starting to lose my optimism and confidence. Then I realize, ‘Why can’t I create my own show?’
I have been proudly producing ºF-TV for over 3 years now. It first started as a way to build my portfolio (and my confidence) but after every production, I became more passionate about it because of my love for people and community. I love putting people in the spotlight and recognizing people and organizations who are building and empowering our community and culture around the city and beyond. Its super inspiring to see us sharing our talent with the world, having conversations about social issues and further bridging us together through dialogue and performance arts.
I host, edit, produce and illustrate all of the content for ºF-TV and I hoping we can grow as a platform for people to express their work and passions with us! You can watch our LIVE episodes on BNN Community TV, Boston Channels (Comcast 23, RCN 83, Verizon 1690) and follow us @FarenheightTV to keep up with all of our latest news. Updated website coming soon!
Has it been a smooth road?
NO! lol it’s been rough but a blessing in terms of growth and confidence.
Producing, editing and creating content solo is a lot of work to do for a TV show, especially if you have high expectations, little time and living in a digital world where social media followers can determine how great you are. I am always nervous and a little self-conscious whenever I share content and I used to put unrealistic deadlines on myself (while working 3 jobs) and feel so terrible if I didn’t get as many views on YouTube. But I’ve grown so much from that pressure. Sure, I get nervous for productions (just because I’m excited) but now I don’t allow negative thoughts to roam my mind. I produce just because I LOVE to do it. Even when I get feedback (either positive or negative), I recognize it and continue to create. That’s how I believe we grow. I’m learning to create shortcuts that can allow me to spend less time in the editing lab (aka my bedroom). I am learning to ask for help (still hard but getting there). I am learning to exchange a worry with a prayer and I am learning to believe in my greatness. There’s been many times when self-doubt lead me into deep depression but I am thankful to the universe for reminding me of my purpose and passion.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Farenheight TV – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My variety television show ºFarenheight TV celebrates people’s greatness through narratives and artistic expression. We put the spotlight on community members in our city that are super dope! Rather that greatness is expressed through their work in the community or the art (in whatever medium) that they create, we want to celebrate YOU! We produce lip-sync battles, interviews on community heroes, cooking segments and more!
It’s a cool opportunity for me to produce content on a LIVE community access channel and have it broadcasted on TV. When I was a kid, I used to watch credits at the end of every show hoping one day I will see my name in the list, I now do AND I produce it!
I am most proud of the energy confidence and love people feel after being in the show. I’ve had guests who suffered from all sorts of trauma come off our stage with a Colgate smile! There excitement to really celebrate their team, their work, themselves, their community on our platform is what gives me pride. Exchanging dialogue about social or cultural issues gives me hope that we can shift change in our world.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I love about Boston is that it is a city full of unique beings. I love how educated our city is and how we are growing. What I dislike is that I think many of us (at least some of my peers) always regard Boston as boring because there’s not a lot to do or places to go to fully be ourselves (especially for artists). With gentrification and other social things happening in our city, I think it’s making us become a bit more separated. I think we have to create opportunities, safe spaces and platforms for ourselves and support them! I think change starts when people are not only at the table but feel empowered to be there.
- Website: www.farenheighttv.com
- Instagram: @FarenheightTV
- Facebook: @FarenheightTV
- Twitter: @FarenheightTV
- Other: @FarenheightTV on Youtube
With founder of New Beginnings Reentry Services, Stacy Borden
With founder of Tao 33, Born Bi-Kim & Yoga Mike
With 7 time Emmy Winner, Barbara Barrow Murray
With contestants and crew of 70’s theme lip sync battle (Herb Jackson vs. Patti Lee)
Our first episode, premiered on July 4th, 2014
With Mass Challenge finalists, creators of ‘Youth Unleashed’
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