Janna Jeffrey joined The Hudsucker in April of 2013 and is a senior contributor. The Canuck, raised in a small Ontario town, holds an Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production from York University and has spent much of her time at school specializing in editing and screenwriting. She currently works as an assistant editor for a television production company where she works long hours, gets a first look at many upcoming Canadian shows, and spends roughly half her time cursing technology.
Name: Janna Jeffrey
Nickname: N/A – it’s pretty unnecessary to shorten “Janna”.
Favorite word in the English language: “Inconsequential”
Least favorite word in the English language: “Lover”
Biggest strength: Empathy and determination.
Biggest weakness: Self-doubt and shyness. (And chocolate!)
Biggest pet peeve: People who see you headed for the elevator and aren’t kind enough to hold the doors for five seconds so you can get on, too.
Favorite Food: Cheddar cheese
Favorite Movie: Fight Club
Favorite TV Show: Friends
Favorite Musician/Band: Matt Nathanson
Favorite item of clothing that you just can’t live without: Jeans!
Favorite sport: Hockey or basketball
Favorite team: Toronto Maple Leafs… gotta stay with the hometown, you know?
Favorite travel destination: New York City
Favorite fast food joint: Wendy’s
Favorite season: Autumn
Funniest thing that ever happened to you: Nine of my friends and I got stuck in an elevator for an hour one evening in university. It was incredibly stuffy in there, and we were crammed in like sardines. It was our school’s pub night, and one of the walls of the elevator was glass – so instead of people coming to our rescue, we had drunk college kids taking photos of us from the ground. Wasn’t at all funny at the time, but looking back, it’s one of our favorite memories!
Within reason, what are your craziest goals and dreams? Travel is a big one for me. I’ve been lucky enough to get to visit a lot of cities so far in my life, but there are a bunch of places – Italy, Australia, India, Egypt – that I’ve never been and would love to see someday. I’d also love to own a vacation home somewhere on a lake. And I hope to one day move from being an assistant editor to being an actual editor for film and television. And since we’re listing dreams, why not add an Oscar to the list?
Most outrageous thing you’ve ever done: I’m not really an outrageous person, unfortunately! My friends and I road tripped to Pittsburgh one summer for an American Idol concert, meeting up with other online friends along the way. It’s one of the most fun things we’ve ever done. Also, I stole a fork from a restaurant on that trip. Maybe that’s the most outrageous thing I’ve ever done.
If you had to sing one song at a karaoke bar, which one would you choose? “Since U Been Gone” – Kelly Clarkson
What movie title best describes your life? Little Miss Sunshine.
What is one of your most life-changing moments? I picked up and moved to a small border town in Quebec for a three-month internship several years ago. I knew absolutely no one and wasn’t as fluent in the language as I’d hoped. I was alone and terrified for a large portion of my time there. But I learned to trust myself and discovered a confidence in my abilities that I’d never realized I was capable of. Looking back, I genuinely consider that period of my life my entrance into adulthood, and I wouldn’t be who I am today without it.
Describe yourself in a single sentence: A cat-loving storyteller who’s always up for a laugh, a hug, and a good movie.
If you were a superhero, what would be your super power? Invisibility. The amount of cool things you could do with that super power is unending.
If you were stuck on a deserted island, which one book, movie and person would you want to take along? I’d take the book “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” with me – it makes me laugh, it makes me cry, and it’s familiar enough that it would likely provide a lot of comfort. As for a movie… “The Social Network”. It stars my favorite actor and is by my favorite director – I have a hard time believing I’d get sick of it. And as for the person I’d bring with me? My best friend Jessica. She’d help me try and stay alive, and I know for a fact that she wouldn’t try to eat me until times were really, really desperate.
If a genie granted you 3 wishes, what would they be? A pass that would grant unlimited air travel anywhere in the world for myself and a guest, the ability to eat whatever I want without gaining weight, and enough money to ensure myself and my loved ones financial security for the rest of our lives. That’s not too much to ask, right?
Last Song Played on your CD player/iTunes/iPod, etc: “My Weakness” – Kris Allen
What made you want to write for The Hudsucker? I’m someone who loves to talk when I find something new to love, or when I’m passionate about something, so it’s no surprise that I finally found a place to write my thoughts down! I started off wanting to write reviews about movies and television, and I’m excited to start covering other topics that interest me, too.
What is your favorite article on the site and why? I love all the He Said/She Said responses! I think the writers give some awesome advice and it’s really cool to see things from different perspectives..
Who is your favorite author on the site and why? Anything written by Karen Datangel is a must-read for me, and I loved Andrew Rogers’ coverage of this past American Idol season, too. They’re both really great writers.
What is one of your own favorite articles on the site and why? My first article called “The Best Show You’re Not Watching: Bomb Girls“. Although the show got cancelled, I was really happy to be able to express how much the show’s meant to me. I was proud to make that my first piece!
Where do you see The Hudsucker in 5 years? Still up and running! I’d love to see an even wider readership and hopefully everyone will still be posting articles they’re passionate about.
What do you think of your fellow peers here at The Hudsucker? I’ve only been working for The Hudsucker for a few months now, but so far, everyone’s been an absolute delight to work with. I’m lucky to be among them.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I could list a bunch of material things – I’d like to own my own property, I’d like to be a film & television editor, I’d like to have a couple of cats and be in a committed relationship – but honestly, I’d just like to be happy. My wants and needs change depending on a bunch of different life factors, so it’s hard to say exactly where I’d like to be in ten years. As long as I’m happy, wherever I end up, that’s good enough for me.
What words of advice would you give writers? Just get your words down. Don’t obsess over how to craft a perfect sentence, and don’t worry about writing things in order or making sure it all makes sense – just get your words out there. Editing and organizing can come later.
Who do you look up to? My mom. She’s the strongest, most open-hearted person I know and I’ll be lucky if I grow up to be half the woman she is someday.
What is one of your favorite life lessons? Enjoy yourself. Don’t worry about what other people think or about what could happen if something doesn’t turn out right – just enjoy yourself as much as you possibly can.
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
– Dr Seuss