We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyle Jetter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyle, so given all the recent changes to how we live our life given the crisis, have you had any interesting epiphanies?
During these interesting times, I’ve come to learn that you have to take care of yourself first before anything else. Slow down and take a deep breath. If you’re in tune with yourself, you’ll be more in tune with everything and everyone around you. I went outside a lot more, I started skating a lot more, biking, running, playing baseball, painting, and playing more music. I didn’t really shoot or edit much. After a few months of this, I feel excited again, more creative than before. I am more inspired by my surroundings and eager to learn. One step back and two steps forward. Another valuable lesson I’ve learned is that if you are stressed out, you’re either in the past or thinking of the future. If you think about the present, right now, you control that feeling. Lots of other stuff is just out of your control. Slow down and appreciate the moments we have with each other and with ourselves. Be present
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a creative and a camera geek. I just love to shoot and edit videos and photos. What really excites me the most is stories. Growing up, these stories were the adventures my friends and I would go on surfing, skating, & partying. I realized at a young age that documenting moments in time is so valuable. I’m so glad I kept a camera on me at all times during my teenage years, because it launched me towards something bigger than myself. I started looking for photo and video work straight out of high school. I went to Los Angeles, where I went to college and established a few relationships that provided more opportunities and access to creative work. I worked on short films, documentary shorts, music videos, skate and surf videos, commercials, fashion spots, and lots of other short-form media advertisements. On my favorite job I even got to travel around the world for a month! The past 4 years in LA have been a ride, and I’m excited that my passion has started to lead to a career. Between finishing school, working freelance, and trying to build my own brand, I am so happy that I’ve been able to support myself along the way and grow. But, there is still so much to do, & I’m just getting started. I’m excited to work on more impactful projects, meet new people, and share more stories. What this community can take away from this is: share your story, you never know how far it could go until you try.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
The local spots I’d love to shoutout! If you are in Los Angeles, go to Venice Beach and hit up Crap Eyewear for your next favorite pair of shades. Then go grab some food and a beer at The Waterfront right on the boardwalk, they have some of the best tacos. When the pandemic is over and the night scene opens back up, check out Winston House (when its open) and Townhouse. Oh and if you go to downtown LA, go check out the art gallery Wonzimer, it’s incredible.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So many people I’d love to show love to! Shoutout to Crap Eyewear, Winston House, and 28th Ave. Management for giving me my first opportunities in Los Angeles and allowing me to be creative in my work today. I’ve learned lots of knowledge from the mentors at these places. Somebody else I would love to shoutout is my good friend/mentor Alejandro Reyes-Knight. He is one of the wisest and friendliest people you’ll ever know, & he has been such a large part in my life these past months. The man knows how to have a proper chat.
Other: Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/kylejetter
Personal photo: Jade Sharp Photo holding camera: Cole Hutzler All other photos by Kyle Jetter