We had the good fortune of connecting with Clarissa Jacobson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Clarissa, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk-taking is the key to all success. The biggest part of risk taking is failing and you have to be willing to fail which is scary, but hey, everyone fails! Once you get that in your head and let up on being perfect all the time, the world can shift for you – it’s what you do with that failure which can amount to success. You either hold onto it, obsess over it, and are afraid to try again, or you let it go, learn from it and try again, and that’s when it’s magic and you find a way to success. The other thing about risk-taking is it never goes away. Even after succeeding, every time I do something creative, it’s a risk, and scary because no matter how good I get, I always know I can be better and can fail. It’s overcoming these fears and going for it that help you grow. Risk-taking is also important because it pushes you to try new things – I remember being terrified the first time I ever wrote horror – once I faced that fear and took a risk to try I found out I was good at it, and now write lots of horror. I’m not so sure you can have a successful career or even life without taking risks – it certainly won’t be as exciting, that’s for sure!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a screenwriter, filmmaker, and published author. The things I am most proud of are my short comedy/horror film – Lunch Ladies, the follow up – A Very Important Film, my book – I Made A Short Film WTF Do I Do With It (a guide to film fests, promotion, and surviving the ride) and several optioned scripts that I hope will be filming soon! I am the other half of Rebel Minx a writing shingle that I have with my fantastic creative partner, Shayna Weber, and I am always learning about the craft of screenwriting and filmmaking – I’m very passionate about it and love it! There have been many challenges along the way, the most – probably believing in oneself and moving forward – in the entertainment industry you have so many telling you you can’t. You can, and have to find the team of people who will support you and believe in you and give you courage to believe in yourself. You always have to be along for the journey and keep yourself in the game because you love the work not because you are searching for success. Success is a wonderful thing, but if that’s your aim, you’re going to become disillusioned fast as a lot of success is out of your control. Only the work is in your control, so learn and never stop making your work better, enjoy the journey and if you love what you do things will fall into place as they should.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’d go thrift shopping, record store shopping Amoeba, eat out at some places like The Federal in the valley, see live music, hit some bars – some great dive bars are Ye Olde Rustic Inn & Firefox… I’d also take her over to Soap Plant Wacko which is the coolest store in the city. Griffith Park is always a good thing to do with new people too and downtown all kinds of cool places like Bottega Louie.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Joe Bratcher – my writing mentor at Twin Bridges, Shayna Weber my creative partner at Rebel Minx, my whole class Twin Bridges, my Father, my Aunt, many more but this is a start. Oh and a special shoutout to Agusti Argelich of Filmets Festival and Clermont-Ferrand who has supported my filmmaking/writing dreams.
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