Host / Writer / Creator / Producer / Director, fashcam corp., Toronto, ON. Born: Jamaica.
Online and offline, from host to fashion expert, consultant, creative director and producer, Len D. Henry is award-winning.
He was the visionary founder and is currently a principal at fashcam corp. – a collective of outstanding film and imagemakers, providing smart, interconnected services, for the branding and promotion of fashion, music and lifestyle products. fashcam’s works include fashion films: Smokin’ Lounge and Soul Love Star; promos: Canadian Living Magazine and Zareinu Educational Centre; series development and production: StreetSeen , which Henry also hosted; and branding and promotion: Marlene’s Meal Makeovers and the upcoming feature film, RasTa.
Len has traveled extensively across Canada, the U.S., Europe and the Far East, creating promotions and events for brands such as: Joseph Abboud, Absolut, Aveda, The Bay, Bench, Benneton, the City of Toronto, Civello, Esprit, La Senza, Northbound Leather, Levis, Parasuco, Puma, Paul Smith, Smirnoff, The Toronto Fashion Incubator; Canadian Living, Elle, GQ, Fashion and Flare.
He found early success as a maestro of grand scale productions: Matinee Fashion Ready-To-Wear Canadian spring and fall collections; StreetStyle, a two-day, alternative fashion, street festival; LuminaTO/Harbourfront Centre Fashion Stylist Competition; and multi-media events: Smirnoff International Fashion Awards, BBPA’s Harry Jerome Awards, Women in Film and Television – Toronto’s Crystal Awards, South African Women for Women Awards and Canadian Living Magazine’s Me To We Awards.
Len has won numerous awards and nominations from BravoFACT!, VideoFACT and the MMVAs. He was instrumental in Yorkdale Shopping Centre’s winning of an ICSC Maxi Award for fashion promotion. And he conceptualized and directed ‘The Wall of Fashion’ for Markville Shopping Centre, which also won an ICSC Award of Merit that same year.
Both Len and his work have been featured regularly on Fashion Television, City Line and other network programming. Most recently, he was a Fashion Expert on W’s How To Look Good Naked.
Honours: Including inclusion in Who’s Who in Black Canada 2 (2006); various nominations and awards from Bravo!FACT, VideoFACT, MuchMusic’s MMVA, Maxi Award and Award of Merit from the International Council of Shopping Centres.
Favourite book? The one I’m writing of course. No, well not yet. Once it’s completed, then it’ll at least be one of my favourites. I’m currently reading Living with the Himalayan Masters by the great Indian sage, Swami Rama – about his personal quest for truth and enlightenment. I’m a sponge when it comes to learning how we can live outside of our pre-programmed, and at times, misinformed selves. It’s not that our parents were so wrong, it’s that they taught us what they had access to at the time. But we now need to defrag our hard drives. It’s time for us to think for ourselves to become truly original. Books on the various traditions and approaches to our global oneness, help us all grow and expand.
Favourite quote? This is my favourite as it dares us to be our best – “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” (Quoted in a speech by Nelson Mandela, orignally written by Marianne Williamson.)
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Jump out of a plane and enjoy what must be the most blissful state of being – free fall – unencumbered, unfettered. When my colleague Patricia Scarlett, Executive Producer for the film RasTa, called to ask me if I’d like to production manage the India leg of the film shoot. My response was an easy, “Of course! Visiting India and jumping out of plane are at the top of my list as things I need most to do.” I’ve just returned from that shoot in India, so jumping out of a plane is next. Who knew I’d actually realize all my dreams! I’m blessed.
Who inspires you? My mentors! All are unique and outstanding people: entrepreneur, Beverly Mascoll; dancer/choreographer, Len Gibson; Canadian couturier, Winston Kong and my beloved grandmother, Olga May Stewart. All have passed, except my gran. I recognize that all they thrive in me today. Each has brought out in me a special facet of whom I have become. Collectively, they inspire me every day to be my best and to care deeply for others, just as they did when they saw “that sparkle” in my eye.
Why do you do what you do? I took an ‘Extreme Freedom’ workshop recently with a brilliant woman by the name of Dr. Lise Janelle. Our payoff at the end of this workshop was to pen our Statement of Purpose. It’s like your life’s mission statement. I encourage everyone to create their own Statement of Purpose. Don’t worry, you don’t have to get it perfect right out of the gate. It will evolve over time – distilling as you grow. Once you initiate the process, it gives you a clear idea of what you are trying to do in your life and it helps you identify how you’ll get it done. My Statement of Purpose, I think will answer this question: “I Len D. Henry, hereby declare before myself, others and God that my primary purpose in life is to live in love – love of self and of all others. To do so I produce. I facilitate the combustion of creative forces to come together to elicit and/or inspire love, peace and joy. Be it with professionals in print or electronic media, or souls platonic or romantic, I am an open facilitator – a vessel – for the perfect and purposeful expansion of us – all sentient beings.” And by doing so, I enjoy the privilege of journey with all my brothers and sisters into the varied textures of cultures and subcultures – beauty-filled, constantly evolving, verbal or silent discourse with whomever or whatever informs our collective lives. I surrender to life’s perfection – to its harmonious ebb and flow. And for this, I am consistently rewarded with the heightened frequency of success. I am a fortified, trusting and visionary genius – spiritually and financially wealthy, healthy and wise. I share, respect and love unconditionally with my lover, as I do with my family and friends. And so I thrive, in constant gratitude, from the fertility of these joys that are my life.”