The Bio you expect...
Jenni Tooley is a filmmaker, actor, producer, and writer. In 1990, she began her professional acting career as an ensemble member at Dallas’ Undermain Theatre, where she performed in more than a dozen productions. Jenni also created, produced and acted in site specific performance art pieces that took place in parking lots, bars, diners, rooftops, and creeks around Dallas. She was received Dallas Observer’s “Best Actress” award, was a Leon Rabin Award Nominee and received a Dallas Critics’ Forum Award.
Jenni is perhaps best known for her work as Annie, Ethan Hawke’s second wife, in Richard Linklater’s award-winning Boyhood. Additional film and television credits include Walker Texas Ranger, Wishbone, Arlington Road, and Wes Anderson’s first feature, Bottle Rocket. In 2007, she wrote, directed, produced and edited a short film called The Safety of Others which she shot in Dallas. The film premiered at South By Southwest, toured 12 cities in the US, Canada, and Great Britain, and won WorldFest Houston’s “Best Comedy Short.” She has also served as a unit production manager and producer for numerous short films and a feature shot in New Jersey called Montclair, which won Cinema City’s “Best Produced Screenplay.”
Jenni’s most recent project is STUCK, an independent feature film. Jenni served as screenwriter, producer, and director and has a lead role in the film. STUCK was funded through crowd-funding campaigns and grassroots efforts. With a $250,000 budget and 250 backers, cast and crew, STUCK was produced in late 2016/early 2017. The film is 99.5% Dallas cast and crewed and was shot on location in the cities of Dallas, Richardson, and Arlington. It is slated for completion and festival release in August, 2018.
Jenni has also had two poems and two short stories published, won an award for an experimental photographic work at University of Texas at Dallas, won an award from Austin Pet’s Alive for a photo that was used in their marketing, knits and sells Mantra scarves, is known at Austin venues for some serious blues dancing, and enjoys making artist’s books.
Jenni’s full film/TV resume can be found on IMDB.
Meanwhile, Behind the Scenes...
What you may not know is that I am also a messy human. I've been around lot of blocks and trudged through around and over some of the deepest blocks within myself. I know what it's like to feel stuck- unable to move forward. I know what it's like to be overwhelmed with self-doubt. I know what it's like to feel like I or what I do is never enough. I've spent years trying to "fix" myself. I have a "chick with a stick" in my brain that loves to whack me around whenever I make a mistake, show my imperfections, or am willing to be vulnerable. She thinks she's keeping me safe. But I'm tired of being abused by myself. My "good enough" is actually more than good enough. I don't have to go outside of myself for validation. And being vulnerable is really hot!
I won't claim to have completely overcome all these things-- after all I am human. But I've gotten through them and continue to build myself up rather than break myself down, most days:) Along my journey I have collected so many tools, a whole lot of experience, and have always been (it turns out) filled with wisdom. I am thrilled to be able to share all of this with you! I specialize in holding space for people, deeply listening, and being able to guide people back to the truth of who they are. The process isn't perfect. And I will never claim to have " the only 5 steps you need to fix yourself for good" because in my experience that's a bunch of hoo-ha. And it sets up a situation where if you didn't get fixed you think there must be something wrong with you(I know, I've had that experience).
I'd love for you to join me on this journey! Meander around my website to see how you can:)