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From Nakashidami to New York

After spending 13 years at NIS, from Kindergarten to graduation in 2012, Jens finds himself living his dream of being a cinematographer and video producer in New York. He graduated from NYU and credits both his many NIS teachers for nurturing his ability to be open-minded, and the rigor of the IB program (and possibly the sports program) to help tackle challenges that come his way.


Where are you living now?
I live in Brooklyn, New York. 

What kind of work are you doing?
I currently work as a producer in the creative department of a men's personal care start-up, along with freelance work as a cinematographer and video producer. Day to day, that usually involves planning and executing photo/video shoots for all kinds of brands. Occasionally, I will work on non-commercial, narrative/documentary projects with my friends as well. Coincidentally, I was lucky to be able to come back to Japan to film a movie that ended up winning an award too!

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Being in NYC, I'm surrounded by a network of extremely talented friends and co-workers that I can continually learn from and that always inspires me. 

What kind of challenges does it hold for you?
Between working full time at a start-up and also as a freelancer, I wear many hats, and find myself being just uncomfortable enough to be challenged every day and still enjoy it. 

Did NIS help you prepare for your current position in any way?
I love how NIS fosters a strong sense of open-mindedness that is quite unique to this world. And the rigor of the IB program has definitely helped shape a strong work ethic in me.

What’s the one thing that you are really enjoying or getting most excited about these days? 
Outside of work, I’ve spent the majority of the past two years stuck in my one bedroom apartment so I’m most excited to get out and travel outside of NYC! 

What’s the one thing you miss most about Japan/Nagoya? 
The convenience stores!
And of course, we need to know, what words of wisdom do you have for today’s Dolphins?
Acknowledging the many privileges that come with growing up and learning in a community that is like NIS. It is a wonderful place and we are lucky as alumni to call it home!