Finding The Courage To Pursue Your Passion: Editor Q&A

Here at The Niche Movement, we provide a core group of contributing editors with a platform to inspire people with words, tips and real-world advice. These editors are the people who create new content for us to share with you. So that you can get to know them better and have context behind the content they are sharing, we've decided to introduce new editors with a Q&A post.  

Meet Jaylene Perez, our social media intern and a senior at George Washington University, working towards a BA in English. From a young age and through the example her parents set, Jaylene knew you didn’t have to have a traditional career path to be happy and love what you do.  

Learn more about what Jaylene is doing to pursue her passions in the Q&A below.

1. Why are you excited to join The Niche Movement?

I am excited to be working at The Niche Movement because I truly believe that everyone deserves to be happy in the career they choose, and I love that The Niche Movement is spreading that message to young professionals.

As a young person myself, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to find something your passionate about and how much courage it takes to actually pursue it. I grew up with parents that didn’t adhere to the traditional 9-5 job structure and was encouraged from a young age to pursue financial and career success by my own means and not by anyone else’s.

I’m also excited to get to know The Niche Movement community through social media interaction and can’t wait to connect with you guys!

2. Where do you hope to be in five years?

Ideally, I would be living in New York City and working as part of a creative team for a magazine or publishing company. Although I have a background in both graphic design and writing, my true passion is writing, so I would want to be a contributing editor of sorts.

I work best in a job where I can work independently and manage my own time, but I do like the process of working as part of a team because it allows you to have your own set of projects and gives you the opportunity to collaborate with other creative professionals and work towards a vision.

3. Who inspires you? 

My family inspires me. They are the source of my motivation. As a first-generation college student, I feel particular pressure to dream bigger and reach higher than those before me and to set a positive example for my younger siblings.

4. What do you like to do in your free time?

I really like exploring DC, and in particular all the cool exhibits put on by the Smithsonian museums. Since I grew up in the area, I’ve been spoiled with free admission to museums all my life, and it’s still one of my favorite pastimes. My favorite museum is definitely the National Portrait Gallery – if you haven’t been to the third floor, and quirky art installations is your thing, then you should definitely check it out. Other hobbies are yoga, binge-watching Netflix shows, and of course reading (I am an English major, after all).

I hope to write more blog posts in the future, so if you want to hear more from me be sure to subscribe to The Niche Movement and follow us on Instagram @nichemovement. You can also follow me @jaylene_perez!