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Writer, postgraduate, teacher and host. We caught up with multi-hyphenate Jemma Wei for a quick chat
Cover photo: Courtesy of Jemma Wei
She’s candid and charismatic, both online and in real life. The 24-year-old lifestyle blogger always takes the most envy-inducing travel images, so we sat down with her to steal some of those secrets and more.
Hi Jemma, tell us more about yourself and what you’ve been up to.
I’m currently filming, writing and hosting, as well as pursuing a Masters in Creative Writing. Part of this programme and scholarship requires me to teach at NTU twice a week.
When I first started my blog, I was in secondary school. Back then, it was the cool thing to do and keeping an online diary ignited my passion for writing. It was a happy accident — I never thought it would become my career.
We love your travel photos! What are some of your “secrets”?
I definitely can’t live without my Nikon D750 camera. I’m also a huge tech fan and I frequently browse kickstarter. I recently funded the “Podo” project. It’s a camera with a re-stickable sticky side and I can’t wait to experiment with it when it ships over.
What are your thoughts about social media?
I think it has definitely changed my life. Five years ago, this industry didn’t even exist. Although I feel that social media may not be as hot as it is now in a couple of years, I think we have to be open-minded to see how we can adapt content for our different readers.
But social media does have a funny side effect! It’s definitely opened my eyes to the way people react to or perceive the people they see on social media. Ever since I started hosting on clicknetwork, I’ve had people come up to me in public and hug or grab me. While it’s a sweet sentiment, it has always comes to me as a bit of a shock. So I guess privacy and personal space is something you have to sacrifice a bit in this industry.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of Weekender, Issue 166, November 25 - December 8, 2016, with the headline 'Jemma Wei: “I’m not a fashion blogger”'.
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