We had the good fortune of connecting with Aaron “Fokus” Switzer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aaron “Fokus”, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success thus far has been 2 fold really. My determination to create something memorable drives me to succeed and though theres been plenty of things i had to figure out on my own, most of my greatest strides toward success happened because of the people i teamed up with. having the right people in your corner and on your team will take you much further than you probably thought was even possible. there are a hand full of people who, had i never met them, I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I’m at today and I am truly grateful for each one of them.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been an artist in one way or another my entire life, from working with pencils and paint in my youth to creating music for a great many years as a young adult and then finding photography and graphic design in college then ultimately moving into video production which led back to the music industry by way of directing music videos but i never wanted to just make the stereotypical cut to the beat generic music videos, I always wanted to tell a story. Often biting off more than i was able to chew with my lofty ideas but ultimately that ended up showing me my true passion was in filmmaking. it absolutely was not an easy journey to get here but every struggle along the way was absolutely worth it. growth doesn’t happen without struggle and sometimes a bit of pain so i’m grateful for every single thing I went through to get here. There is always more to learn and I look forward to whats coming next. if there was one thing I’d like the world to know about my story it would have to be that anything is possible if you truly want it bad enough so go out there and make a mark that will be remembered and your family can be proud of. that’s all I’m trying to do
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
To be honest, I spend so much time in big cities that my favorite spots aren’t in the city at all. Living here in the Pacific Northwest, we have some of the most beautiful nature scapes in the country. If I was to take you to some favorite spots I’d probably start by asking if you’re comfortable on a motorcycle then we’d hit the road. maybe head up through Deception Pass and enjoy the peacefulness of the forest or run up the peninsula to Paulsbo and have lunch at the kraken then hop the ferry back over to Seattle and ride down to Alki beach and enjoy the sunset. Life can get hectic sometimes and we often don’t even realize we need a break until its too late to take one so any time i can I like to get away from the craziness of life, even if its just for a few moments, and appreciate the beauty of the world around me and if I can share that with someone at the same time, thats even better.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There is a long list of people who deserve a shoutout in regards to where I am today but if I tried to list everyone I’m sure I’d miss a few so let me stick to the two people most instrumental in my life right now, My closest friend and mentor Terreal “E-Dawg” Johnson and my partner (and friend) in most of my film projects Sheldon Black.
Other: you can find my company on most social media by just searching G-Street Films or feel free to reach out to me personally under Aaron “Fokus” Switzer as well.
My Headshot was taken by David S. Hogan of Seattle Actor Photos. The rest are all taken by me or for me with my camera