V. J. Jensen II
V. J. Jensen II
I feel like I have lived 15 different lives. I guess that's what many military kids can say. Growing up in a military family, I got an early dose of the wanderlust and international draw. I was born in upstate New York, but at five, my traveling began. First to the desert of California, then to the land of Gundam and Dragon ball Z (Japan), then back to the beaches of California and then to the jungle and humidity of Guam where I graduated high school. I moved back to California after Guam and graduated from the University of Redlands with my BA. In my last year, I found acting. I was in the Fall production of the House of Blue Leaves and two other student productions before I packed up my bags and went to acting school for two years in LA.
I attended the intensive program at the Loft Studio while working as a hawker at the movie theater on City Walk. In the end, I accomplished what I set out to do in Hollywood, including playing the drums in a band, and decided on a different life. I moved to Oceanside where worked at the San Diego Union Tribune in production before heading back to school for my first MA. I wanted to pursue my early love of traveling and learning cultures, so I went to Israel for two years. I ended up eventually spending three years in Israel altogether and obtained two Master degrees. After returning to the U.S., I did multiple internships in journalism and think tanks before entering the U.S. State Department and have been there ever since.
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Almost Autumn by Marianne Kaurin
I finished making my first chainmail shirt at age 22.