Inspiration Series, Part VII – AMY JEANETTE

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With 45,000 followers on Instagram, Amy Jeanette is a widely-admired figure in the vaping world. A veteran vaper and enthusiast “with a few tricks up

[her] sleeve,” as well as a model adding to the branding efforts of various hardware and e-liquid companies, Amy has recently launched a new project: her own review channel on YouTube. Vape Organics recently had the opportunity to pick her brain about what happens when you follow your passions…

 

THE ROAD TO NOW: How and when did you discover vaping? Can you tell us more about how vaping became such an increasingly central part of your life and, dare we say, purpose?

Amy Blowing Vapor O’s and Holding Box Mod

It’s not SMOKE, it’s VAPOR

AJ: Okay, it’s about to get real honest here… I’m a little nervous (laughs). If my story can help someone struggling like I was, then spilling my guts here will be worth it.

During the summer of 2013 I entered treatment for alcohol and drugs… specifically, for my dependency on my prescriptions. I’ve suffered from clinical depression since my late teens and prescription medication and alcohol were my “crutch” for years. Prior to rehab, I’d been off the stinkies for 3 or 4 years. I picked them up about 2 and a half weeks into treatment because everyone in there smoked. I returned home after 41 days of treatment and made it into my first fellowship meeting—Narcotics Anonymous. Standing outside of the meeting I saw a guy vaping and kind of laughed; I thought it looked silly and unnecessary. I even teased him a little but he let me try his and 2 weeks later I bought my first set-up. Initially I planned to keep smoking and just vape indoors but 3 weeks into it I became disgusted with the taste of cigarettes and hated the way I was feeling—physically.

February 2016 will mark 2 years clean! Vaping keeps me clean and sober and has helped my depression a lot. I’m not promoting vaping to treat depression by any means but it’s a part of my story, the purpose behind my passion for this safer alternative to cigarettes. By the way, there is actually a significant community of vapers who are in recovery… it’s pretty awesome.

 

Amy at Vaping Convention

Chicks with wicks

VAPE FAMOUS: You model for several companies in the vape sphere. Did you model previously? What do you see as the differences between modeling in this industry as opposed to others? Do you have any advice for aspiring vape models?

AJ: Oh gosh. I don’t have any prior modeling experience but I had promotional “modeling” jobs in my early twenties working with companies like Geico, and being a Miller Lite girl (laughs). My major in college, though I didn’t finish, was Public Relations/Journalism. Tying all of that experience together is how I’ve been able to help promote and market for vape companies. It’s extremely fulfilling and fun for me… I just love it.

The difference between modeling in this industry as opposed to others is the controversy. Whether the public views it as right or wrong, and being prepared for the dirty looks, the misjudgment. You have to be strong and have so much passion for it that you just don’t let it get to you.

My advice to aspiring vape models: don’t just throw up a pretty picture and think that’s all it takes to make a name for yourself. People will follow you because they find things to relate to, or because you inspire them. Be kind and personable… let your audience know you’re just as human as they are. Network and get to know people. Please don’t think you have to show a lot of skin to get recognized. I’m fully clothed in most of my posts so if you don’t think you can do it I’m here to tell you that you can!

 

Amy Having Fun, Blowing Vapor Out of Sides of Mouth and NoseRATE IT: What made you decide to start your own review channel? How do you think your reviews will fill a gap in the world of vape reviews?

AJ: I started my own channel for my followers who’ve asked me to since I started this journey. It’s always been in the back of my mind but I was struggling to find the time for it. I was only able to get it up and running after VPX, my last vape convention for this year.

I’m not sure how my reviews will fill a gap; I didn’t really start it with a specific goal. I just see it as a bigger door to connect with others. I like to help people and share my opinions when I really like a product. The feeling I get from positive feedback when someone tries a product I suggest is very fulfilling. It makes me happy.

 

Hand Holding Up a Pink E-Cigarette DeviceTHE SPARK: What inspires you most about the vape industry? In your several years as a devoted vaper, which developments have inspired you most and given you confidence in the future of our industry?

AJ: What inspires me the most in the industry is the love we share. We are all so different and under ordinary circumstances wouldn’t have crossed paths. Our ability to come together on common ground and encourage one another on a daily basis is fuel for me.

The growing number of people converting from cigarettes to vaping is the best confidence boost for our industry, overall. The more people we have to stand up against the controversy we face is our best chance that our right to vape will be upheld.

 

Amy Sitting on Steps Vaping and Holding E-Liquids

Vapers are Voters

TAKE A STAND: Our community obviously faces an uncertain future. Which advocacy efforts resonate with you and inspire hope on a personal level? Do you have any visions for what else we can do as a community to withstand the challenges we face?

AJ: I’m in favor of most of the campaigns set forth out there. Not Blowing Smoke is one of my favorites because I’ve gotten to know the people involved on the front lines and their passion to fight for us is inspiring. As I said previously, the growing number of vapers is encouraging. I’m just trying to be a voice to help shed light on the benefits of vaping in hopes that it will convert more smokers to join a healthier alternative.

 

VAPE SISTER: What has been your experience as a woman rising to success in the vape world? As a woman who is skilled at vape tricks? Do you feel a special connection to other women who are as passionate about vaping as you are?

Amy Blowing Vapor O’s and Holding Box ModAJ: It has been an incredible journey. In November 2014 I flew out to work my very first vape convention. I was really nervous because I was six months sober and didn’t know anyone in the industry aside from online contact. Little did I know then how conducive to my recovery vaping as a whole would be for me. Conventions launched me out of my shell and helped me blossom into the strong person I am today.

And yes, it all started with vape tricks! As a prominently male dominated industry, it’s been interesting for me to say the least (laughs). Of course I feel a special connection to other women who are as passionate about vaping as I am… it’s like a special language only we understand. It’s hard establishing relationships with people who don’t understand my passion so it’s very important to have people in my life who do!

 

HEART’S DESIRE: We see countless examples of people who eventually became successful as a result of following their passions. When did you realize this pastime could become a career? Where has vaping taken you that you could not have imagined? When you look at the horizon, what future possibilities appear?

AJ: I guess I realized it could become a career after I worked my first vape convention and started booking more shows with different companies. The people I’ve worked for at shows helped me grow as a person because they saw things in me I couldn’t at the time. They believed in me!

As for possibilities, there are a few ideas running around in my mind but since nothing is set in stone yet, I can’t really reveal anything. I guess you’ll have to check in on me every once in a while to see where this all takes me next!

Thank you so much for sharing with us!

Amy Having Fun, Blowing Vapor Out Through Her Teeth

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  1. Achim Scholte January 6, 2016 at 1:27 am - Reply

    Amy, your an inspiration and absolutely gorgeous.
    Keep up the good work for the community. Hope to see you in Europe sometime soon.

    • Amy January 11, 2016 at 10:57 pm - Reply

      Thank you Achim!!!

  2. Rigoberto Burrola January 6, 2016 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    the best in the world! I hope to always fulfill your purposes, apparently you started the year well, I’m your fan and always will be. good luck on everything. I love you

  3. Mike Wong January 6, 2016 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Hey Amy I just wanted to take the time to really thank you for sharing your story. This is something I can relate to very much as I myself am still in treatment for opiate dependency. It’s been an ongoing battle, lots of brave words and bloody knuckles (metaphorically) but now vaping and the community and the lifestyle as a whole has just really turned things around for me. Staying clean just come so much more easier now you know what I mean, I can’t really put my finger on it but man it’s just awesome and it’s just so rad to have you share that very similar story, it’s warming to be reminded we are not alone. So from the bottom of my heart Amy thank you and bless you!

    Keep it clean and classy 👊🏼 and the vape hand strong 💪🏼

    Much love,
    Mike

    • Amy January 11, 2016 at 10:59 pm - Reply

      Stay strong Mike! <3

  4. san January 6, 2016 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Iv been Vaping for 4 years its the best thing i ever did i started with green smoke any way great story

    • Vape Organics January 11, 2016 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing with us, San! It’s so great that you’ve been able to be smoke-free for 4 years!

  5. EZV Blog January 29, 2016 at 8:05 am - Reply

    I love this post, very inspirational indeed. As a woman like Amy, I get depressed and frustrated from time to time and always wants to find ways to make my life better. I am a newbie in vaping world and I love how the way she opened herself on this article, and how humble she is. I admire you Amy, continue to be an inspiration to others. Rock and Roll Girl!

    • Vape Organics February 1, 2016 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      Thank you for reading! She truly is inspirational, and we can definitely relate to wanting to improve our lives. Sometimes a seemingly small step can make all the difference…

  6. Brenda G. March 2, 2016 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Amy is SO cute. I think she has the right attitude about the community and only wish everyone had her mindset.

    • Vape Organics March 3, 2016 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Brenda! We agree that Amy is an amazing figure in the vape community.

  7. Britney Nichelle White March 2, 2016 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Inspirational!!!

  8. Paopao March 3, 2016 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Read everything and i was impressed. Your dedication and heart on changing to vaping. I am a bit same on your situation. I smoke since college days, half pack a day. Since 2011 a friend of mine introduce me to a vape pen. I was excited to try and at the same time been wanting long to stop smoking but can do. I did cheat my self by buying half pack and smoke 1 stick and just throw it out. Messed up! Since then, up to now no analogs (cigarette stick) just vaping and enjoying the vaping community! 🙂

  9. Nathan H March 3, 2016 at 10:56 am - Reply

    That was a nice interview. The vape community has some great people in it, that is for sure

  10. Amber Coniglio March 13, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    I love this article, girl power!!

  11. Chad Henry March 13, 2016 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    that’s so awesome I’ve been following Amy Janette for a long time.. its awesome how much her story is like mine.. she rocks

  12. Alexander Susdorf September 6, 2016 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    I love this girl 😉

  13. Olaf December 5, 2016 at 4:54 am - Reply

    Nice interview! I enjoyed reading it! Amy, your story is a source of inspiration for so many people. Keep up your work. I really would like to read more from you soon.

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