Jen DeLeon knew she wanted to be in front of the camera since she was a kid. She wasn’t going to stop until she made it happen.
It all started in 2009 when Jen DeLeon was 19-years-old and created a website & video platform. In her first video, she said she didn’t know her plan. She wanted to work for The Chicago Bulls, and that she would find Oprah one day, but didn’t know how. Within a year of recording that video, she made both of those dreams a reality.
Jen DeLeon was chosen to be the young adult used for Oprah’s “No Phone Zone” campaign. In it, she demonstrated the dangers of texting and driving. Following the show, Oprah asked her to come to the green room. Jen told her she wanted to be the next her, just the Filipino version. Oprah’s response is one of the many things that motivates her to never give up on her dreams of being a role model to this new generation and having her own television show.
“Jen, the next me will be you – just keep doing what you’re doing because someone needs to be that voice.”
Following her appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, she was approached by GowhereHipHop.com (GWHH) to be their first correspondent. She interned for NBC Chicagowriting entertainment articles and covering different events in the windy city. She also was the first production intern for The Chicago Bulls production team, BullsTV, and youngest individual in the front office for the 2010-2011 season.
WhileJen DeLeon wasn’t doing interviews for GWHH or fulfilling intern duties, she was pursuing her education. She eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degreein Journalism from Columbia College Chicago in only three years.
Following graduation, she became the correspondent for one of the biggest hip-hop sites in the world, HotNewHipHop.com (HNHH) in July 2012. She left the only home she knew and drove to Los Angeles in September 2012 to take her career to the next level.
Moving to Los Angeles
Before she made the move, she had the same freelance agreement with HNHH she had in Chicago. She was prepared to get a regular job to get her by and took that leap of faith. After a week, she was promoted as the Communications Manager and Senior Correspondent for HNHH in which she held for 2 years. Then the next chapter of her life began as a Producer/Correspondent for DJ Skee’s, SkeeTV in January 2014.
Going on 6 years years of being in front of the camera, Jen DeLeon has conducted hundreds of celebrity interviews. They include Big Sean, Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and many more. Her on-camera experience has also landed her TV appearances on Diddy’sRevolt TV, SKEE Live and the Nellyville season finale on BET.
Today, the 26-year-old, 4’11.5″ Filipina is balancing her work in the music industry. She continues to build her personal brand to inspire and change the world through her story, personality, values and faith in God with her YouTube videos and blog.