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Sarah Jane Adams: “Layers of our Lives”

Sarah Jane Adams in front of a wall with graffiti
© Annie Mangen
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In a new short film, we explore a modern and unique version of success that speaks of authenticity and finding one‘s own path in the world.

In “Layers of our Lives” we show how there can be various different layers of our lives and that is what makes it so unique and interesting: we keep adding to it as we go and as things unfold before us - not everything has to be part of a grand plan and we all have unique approaches to life, to love and to work.

A successful woman does not just run a business or a team. She runs her life and this life can be made up of different layers, different roles, different phases, different homes, even different identities at certain times in her life.

Some women have practised the art of self-sufficiency and self-reliance for decades, managing their own businesses and/or families on their own terms — long before they had the benefits of the internet or the support of society. Today they may be older than many of us, but they aren’t done yet.

One of these women is Sarah Jane Adams, an antiques jewellery dealer and designer who has run her own business trading across the world for the past 30 years. Now, at 62, she unexpectedly embarks on a new career as a social media personality and model, after her daughter posted a photo of her clad in an adidas Originals jacket and a 'don't mess with me face' to match.

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Adams learnt her craft trading antiques in the London markets including Portobello Road and Camden Lock from the 70s. Today she owns several properties in the UK and Sydney, Australia, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Her eclectic, true-to-self style and couldn’t care less attitude have captured the interest of a large audience and she inspires old and young to live an authentic, creative life.

Adams' example brings to mind the words of actress Katherine Hepburn: 'I have no romantic feelings about age. Either you are interesting at any age or you are not. There is nothing particularly interesting about being old… or being young for that matter.”

The film “Layers of our Lives”, along with its accompanying three short teasers, follows Sarah Jane from Sydney to Mumbai and explores how much we can do or achieve if we allow ourselves to be curious and not to stand still or fear – no matter how old we are. Breakthroughs and new opportunities can arise at any time.