We had the good fortune of connecting with JUSTIN BUTTS and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi JUSTIN, why did you pursue a creative career?
I chose the creative path because I didn’t like limitations set on me and someone else in control of my schedule or time. I never knew you could make money with a camera when I was young. 15,16,17. Once I was told people have careers doing this I was sold.
Professionally what keeps me busy is story telling, when it comes to video. I create a lot in the music world and personal development/ motivational speaker world. I enjoy telling a story that can bring emotion out of the viewer.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As we all know, or soon find out. Production takes a tremendous amount of planning, team work and synergy. One of the things I’m most proud of is that when I’m on the field. I play ball. I’m lazer focused on the vision at hand. I have no outside distractions and I have extreme attention to detail on set. Was it easy? Absolutely not, a lot of embarrassing moments learning proper etiquette on set and understanding that creatively we are all together to accomplish a vision. Personal stories and opinions are not welcomed. I’ve failed forward on a lot of projects, which only sharpen you for the next opportunity at hand. Let your work speak for you, not your mouth. If there is anyone looking for mentorship please reach out!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh man, I’m not much of a foodie. But I know a lot of people are and there are some iconic food places in La. I spent a lot of time 5-6 years wondering the city at night when it is a ghost town so I have some solid hidden gems in the city I can’t leak! San Pedro is by far my favorite area in La. Ima leave it there! Everyone has to see Hollyweird, Huntington pier, downtown rooftops, Griffith and Fairfax/melrose
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Ed Hume, Ray G from 8&9 Mfg. Both OG homies of mine that have kept it loyal and real throughout the years. They are the friends that will say the shit you don’t want to hear. I don’t have too much guidance in life but if there were anyone who inspires me and kicks me to step up, it’s them two.