Jasmin Pannu, graduate from Sandalwood Heights Secondary School, started discovering her passion for the arts in high school as she walked into school with her custom, hand-painted shoes and jeans. That week, after receiving compliments from peers and school staff, Jasmin went home and painted her first wall mural in her room. Today, Jasmin has six murals featured in the world's second-largest pop-up, My Happy Place, art exhibitions at the Royal Ontario Museum and two art collections.
Jasmin worked in corporate marketing for almost five years before pursuing a career as an artist. Jasmin says that her inspiration to pursue her dreams for the arts "came from the goal of living a life of fulfilment, freedom and passion."
Looking back at her journey as a Peel District School Board grad, Jasmin remembers the small wins; like getting the winning catch in a flag football game, the near perfect percentage on an essay and the connections she made with.
"A few especially incredible teachers that come to mind are Ms. Bascom, Mr. Tesky, Mr. Hoyte. I was lucky enough to be in their classes and these teachers left an impression on me with their own passions towards their career," says Jasmin.
As Jasmin continues to get recognized nationally and internationally, she hopes that students who are interested in pursuing their dreams in the arts remember that success is not linear and take advantage of the tools and resources within the schools, "I didn't realise it at the time, but many things were very easily accessible then. You have tons of great teachers, peers, activities and facilities (for free!), use them."
Jasmin began her career as a henna artist and has now painted more than 50 murals across the GTA and now specializes in interactive murals that create an experience for visitors and encourage them to capture moments with the murals on social media.
What's next? "Now, I have bigger goals, and with the privilege of more success comes the responsibility of helping others do the same. I'm starting to figure out how I can best do that," says Jasmin.
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