Jaren Savage is an entrepreneur, journalist, and professional photographer, who specializes in automotive, commercial advertising, and general photography. An inherent storyteller, Jaren blends his artistic expression through various mediums, including drawing, design, writing, film, and other forms of digital media.
A young global artist, his creative passion, bolstered by his spiritual faith, has led him from Compton, California to numerous locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, such as the 2016-2018 Abu Dhabi Formula 1 race, 2016-2018, Los Angeles Auto Show (featured photographer), 2018 and 2016 Geneva Motor Shows, 2018 Hot Rod Association Los Angeles event, 2016 and 2015 Monterey Car Show, 2018 Fresh Tracks Youth Leadership Program (Boston and Los Angeles, the Aspen Institute and Obama Foundation), the 2018 United State of Women Conference, and the 2018 Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. He has also published his work on automotive topics and events in the Los Angeles Sentinel. His additional international experiences include Portugal, France, China, South Africa, Cuba, South Korea, India, Singapore, and Italy!
To hone and share his craft, Jaren has taken Industrial and Transportation design classes at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, a summer workshop at New York Film Academy, Los Angeles, and taught digital storytelling to elementary students. He currently works for the Porsche Experience Center, Los Angeles, and was a digital marketing and social media intern at Atom Factory, an entertainment and Venture Capital company. Professionally, Jaren is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, American Photographic Artists, and National Association of Black Journalists Associations.
In the community, Jaren is a leader who has served as a mentor, advocate, and arts instructor. Throughout 2017, Jaren worked as the Lead Youth Mentor and Intern at the Yetunde Price Resource Center. In this role, Jaren provided monthly mentorship to youth, particularly young boys of color, living at a local housing complex for previously homeless families, where he facilitated trauma-informed expressive arts activities, such as poetry, drawing, and photography. A former participant and mentor in the Broome Family Foundation, Business Leadership Institute for young men of color in high school, Jaren often shared his entrepreneurial and educational advocacy both in the local community and nationally, primarily through his public speaking, journalism, and photography. In December 2017, and January, 2018, respectively, Jaren documented a panel addressing community violence in Washington, DC, with panelists Jemele Hill, Venus and Serena Williams, Malik Yoba, and Tamika Mallory, as well as the first Annual Compton Human Trafficking Task Force Open House, where he also led expressive arts activities for youth. Jaren also works with local youth teaching them about civic engagement and digital storytelling as a strategic medium to document and address social disparities.
Jaren’s leadership has also been cultivated over the past few years through his involvement in the YMCA, Youth and Government delegation, a national youth civic engagement and advocacy program. Locally, youth leaders throughout California research issues and propose legislative policies to change and transform their local community. Jaren’s leadership and advocacy have given him a platform to represent young boys and men of color, including providing the invocation at the YMCA’s, 46th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Brotherhood Breakfast (2017), and sharing his story and educational advocacy at the announcement of the new YMCA and California State University, Los Angeles’ partnership providing guaranteed college admission to YMCA youth who meet admissions requirements, alongside Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti. Recognizing the vital importance of education, Jaren encourages youth to explore their passion and understand domestic and global issues to empower themselves and their communities.
During the 2012-2013, Jaren served on the California Endowment’s, Building Healthy Communities, Youth Action Council (YAC). The YAC advocated for various issues around economic and health disparities, and following the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting tragedy, YAC members created a moving video entitled, California Teens Demand a Plan to End Violence which called for responsible gun control (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR0aCh8AEps).
Overall, Jaren is an avid thinker, leader, mentor, and professional who seeks opportunities to contribute, grow, and learn.