This week we chatted with Jen Page, an aspiring screenwriter and tutor based out of Los Angeles. In the latest installment of our interview series, Jen discusses her screenplay, her experiences of working in a public school and at a private tutoring company, and some of her favorite writers.
Twenty Two: Let’s start with the basics. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Jen: Sure. My full name is Jennifer Sara Page but most people call me Jen. I turned thirty-eight a couple weeks ago, am half Black, half Swedish and was born and raised in Los Angeles.
Twenty Two: Have you always been interested in writing?
Jen: Yes. When I was thirteen years old, I visited my family in Sweden for my birthday. My Aunt Gunilla gave me a pink journal with a picture of the family’s German Shepard on the front. I began writing in that journal immediately. Putting pen to paper came naturally to me. At first I was interested in expressing my emotions through writing. (I went through a teenage angst poetry phase.) Then I became interested in writing songs. Then, after working at a movie production company doing script coverage, I began to dabble in screenplay writing. It’s been a long process to get to the point where I actually think I’m good enough to sell something.