Jezz Chung, Diversity & Engagement Lead at Anomaly, shows us the power of listening to yourself, finding outlets that support your mental health, and aligning your profession with your purpose. Hear about her three career pivots and how a video of her dancing helped her become a creative at Media Arts Lab, why moving to NYC was the most triggering experience to her mental health and what she’s learned about comparing herself to others, how she pitched her dream role to Anomaly, and how her Asian American upbringing has influenced her career.
How studying psychology led her to communications and PR/advertising as a career, how she found her first job at ADCOLOR, taking a job even if it’s not the one you thought you wanted, and why she doesn’t regret any of her past roles after three career pivots.
How people she worked with saw that she was really a creative (while she was working in account management), and staying authentic to who she is (a video of her dancing helped her get a job!).
How her mental health was challenged by her move to NYC, the outlets that she’s found to be most helpful to her mental health, and what she’s learned about comparing herself to others.
Why she came to Anomaly, how she created and pitched her dream role to the agency, and the kind of work she does in her role as Diversity & Engagement Lead.
How her upbringing affected her career, issues specific to Asian Americans in the industry, and using the increased representation of Asians in entertainment and media to help address some of these issues.
“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, you don’t ask ‘what seat?’ You just get in. So I was like, okay, if I have a chance to work on Apple for my first job, I’m just going to take it and figure it out.”
“Moving to New York has been the most triggering experience. […] I wanted this change. I wanted to move to a new city. I wanted to challenge myself, push myself, try something new—without understanding what that meant and how confronting that would be.”
“Learning how to meet myself with compassion and patience helps me extend compassion and patience to other people too. And then it helps break that cycle—because when we’re in that cycle it’s hard to recognize it, and hard to identify what exactly it is. And then I end up comparing myself to other people. […] I realized that I was envying people without understanding what exactly they might be going through, what it took them to get to where they are, and what they might be sacrificing to stay where they are.”
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Jezz Chung is a New York-based creative and advocate for inclusion with a mission to change the industry through radical empathy and courageous storytelling. After beginning her career in strategy and account management, a remake of a Beyoncé music video shot on her iPhone landed her a job as a copywriter at Apple’s agency of record in LA, Media Arts Lab. After launching global campaigns for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Music, Jezz moved to NYC to write for tech and beauty brands at Anomaly.
In March 2019, her career took another pivot when she worked with the leadership team at Anomaly to create the role of their first ever Diversity & Engagement Lead. Her passion lies in applying the skills she’s developed to champion for equity, inclusion, and authentic representation within and beyond Anomaly. Jezz has been recognized by the AAF, the 4A’s, ADCOLOR, Adweek, Campaign Live, The Drum, and HP’s #MoreLikeMe program for her commitment to creating change.
You can catch Jezz on Instagram at @jezzbereal sharing her poetry and vintage collection, dancing, and talking about topics like mental health and Asian American identity.