We had the good fortune of connecting with DeEtta Jain and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DeEtta, how do you think about risk?
For me, risk is settling in to discomfort as well as settling in to the unknown. There was never really a time in my life when I craved conventionality. There are certain life markers such as college and marriage, etc. Constant change and access to new experiences is all I’ve ever wanted. Risk has allowed me to merge artistic mediums, learn new skills, and trust that I can bring to life whatever I see in my head. Risk also allowed me to move away from Colorado and be humbled by the unexpected. I’m grateful for the mere concept of risk taking!
Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Currently I am most proud of my music video “Bronco” that was produced during the pandemic unexpectedly. Unprecedented circumstances brought me back home from NYC, and completely shook up my path, as I’m certain it did for everyone else. Bronco is divinely special to me because everyone that was involved, all the way from the cover art designer, to the video’s director, to the producer of the song are people I’ve known for years. It’s the accumulation of so much background work and engagement that no one ever saw. Also, for a long time I felt undeserving of diving in to music because most of my training resides in dance and film acting, so Bronco felt like slicing in to a pound cake of manifestation. It was a full circle. My website www.nonlinear-bin.com encapsulates almost everything I’ve made since graduating high school in 2016. “Wave 2”, a multimedia project that is still my largest collaboration to date, is something I hold near and dear. My whole thing is embracing the nonlinear. Life doesn’t evolve in a linear fashion and I hope that comes through when someone looks at my art’s evolution. I hope the sense of playfulness can always be felt. I truly love what I do, and will continue to do it all until the wheels fall off. The challenges I’ve faced are not unique ones. I bounced back from an intense heart break at a very young age, had to truly face my mental health and my bad habits, had to face the concept of quitting. Just like everyone I battle imposter syndrome and the negative voices in my head that are laced with doubt and comparison. I face financial barriers. I face time barriers. All of these obstacles make the completion of a idea all the more satisfying. When it comes to lessons I think mostly about illusions. There were many illusions I was falling victim to that added to the negative internal dialogue. NYC shattered most of those for me. I’m not so much impressed by numbers as I am by words. Money and analytics and time are distractions to me. From my scope, I have made things, and have also been a part of works that made me feel something/made someone else feel something. That is a huge success. With that comes this chosen family of beautiful, intelligent, and like minded people. I want the world to know that the nonlinear narrative is genuinely for everyone and I can’t wait to see what that may grow in to, in even a few years.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First stop, marijuana! Just kidding, unless..anyway. We would certainly have to swing by St. Marks coffee and get the worst chai in town. I love that place. Next, depending on the season, I’d have to say a botanical gardens visit is in order. I love driving around Denver at 3 a.m and in that case, might as well stop at Pete’s Kitchen for a late night breakfast. Colfax is magical to me. There are things to be seen there any time of day really. I can’t say I’m much of a nature girl but if the pandemic weren’t occurring, a concert at Red Rocks would kindly feed my nostalgia. Last but not least a chill out at Alley Cat Coffee House up north in Fort Collins. I’d say LeeLa’s, but they closed. smh
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are two people that recognized something in me loonnggg before I ever got a “yes” or a professional opportunity. Those two people are my parents. I applaud them for only pushing me toward activities that I was interested in. I’ve never felt anything from them but sheer belief, even when I lacked the actual talent/skill. We’re not wealthy people, but growing up, they did whatever they could to keep me in dance classes/attend an arts focused high school, and take advantage of anything that came my way. My parents are humble people who allowed me to explore myself and my ideas without any judgment. I’m eternally grateful. The other individual I would proudly say was pivotal in my journey was my dance director at Denver School of the Arts, Michael O’Banion. There are days I sit and try to remember certain things he said to me or certain conversations we had. His perspective was sincere and unique. He pushed me and he challenged me and he showed me that dance can be absolutely anything. I’m forever appreciative for the time I spent in that program. There is a book he shared with me called The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. It’s been a tool that makes massive sense to me and has shifted in it’s purpose over the past five years. I highly recommend for any human being
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