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Jade Rona's Biography


My name is Jade Rona, and I am 23 years old. I was born in Manhattan, New York to a Haitian/Puerto Rican mom and a classic New York Jewish father. We moved to sunny Los Angeles, California when I was 10 years old and since then I’ve lived all around Los Angeles from West Hollywood to the Valley to the South Bay now. I went across the country back to the Northeast for college at Boston University after being given a scholarship offer, I just couldn’t refuse. Things are constantly shifting, moving, and changing but there are those special aspects to oneself that are always preserved: a love of music, a passion for literature, and a tremendous (sometimes unsettling to some) fascination with film.

I started playing guitar when I was 6 and only delved deeper into the world of music as the years went on, even picking up a couple more instruments along the way. I’ve always been an avid reader and unfortunately or fortunately (it’s a subjective matter) the teacher’s pet in every English class. Whether it’s Billy Joel and Pink Floyd or Shakespeare and Steinbeck, I’m rearing to go. I was fed a steady stream of films ranging from the 50s to the present day. For the same reasons I fell in love with music and literature, I was bewitched by movies.

I read Greta Gerwig’s adapted screenplay of Little Women for the same reason I re-read Steinbeck’s East of Eden constantly: the thrill of a story of beautifully flawed characters. I could talk for hours upon hours about the layered complexities of Hadestown and Hozier's latest album, texts (the Greeks and Shakespeare are in everything), and of course films. With every reading and every viewing, you catch new things whether it be a leitmotif your ears didn’t catch or the importance of a simple line that only reveals its weight at the very end. Little details are so beautifully interwoven by their creators that no single story is ever fully exhausted of its charm and novelty. You’re wholly absorbed and enveloped in the story with every piece of dialogue and set. I will always be enthralled and so thoroughly enchanted by people’s tales. Oh, and don’t even get me started on my greatest love, television.

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