Creative Pluralism: Embrace all your Passions

In her Keynote Presentation at The IAFOR North American Conference on Media, Film, and Cultural Studies, Jenna Stern discusses the value of “Creative Pluralism” – having the ability to pursue multiple passions while staying focused on your main goals.

We are encouraged throughout our lives to find our area of expertise. Trained to navigate our education and higher learning into a progressively more narrow and specialized field. And while you must devote yourself initially to your chosen profession, the story of your success must include the width and breadth of your passions. Jenna Stern posits that it is not only possible but also vital to maintain the full complement of your interests: Creative Pluralism. It is from those first loves and interests that you will be buoyed when the bottom falls out and you find yourself rudderless. Those passions that brought you to your profession will help you find a way back on course.


Jenna Stern

Jenna Stern is an American actress who has worked extensively in theatre, TV and film. She was born in Los Angeles, California, and is the daughter of British-born, Oscar- nominated Actress Samantha Eggar and American Producer Tom Stern. Her brother, Nicolas Stern, is a Producer for Film and TV and lives with his family in Los Angeles. Her brother Cameron Cash is also an Actor and Producer. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. and received her M.F.A from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. She is married to fellow actor Brennan Brown and lives with her family in New York.

Jenna Stern was a Keynote Speaker at The IAFOR North American Conference on Media, Film & Cultural Studies 2014.

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