We had the good fortune of connecting with Desmond Paillet and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Desmond, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
No risk no reward
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think the thing that sets me apart of other artist, is I don’t have a preferred medium. Iv always loved art as a kid and it didn’t matter if it was drawling, painting, films or photography etc. I always wanted to take art classes in school. At the time i thought it was because they were “easier” than traditional classes like math and science. But I later realized that was just because I had strengths within art. I have always been a visual & hands on learner. I have to be thrown into tom really get a grasp of things, which is how most art classes art taught. That being said, in my professional career I have fell into the film, photo realm of art which has been a blessing. I personally won an Emmy in the film sector art art and technology for camera work, which is what Im probably most proud of. Getting into this career path definite was not easy at all and took a lot of time and effort. I even got to a point where I became homeless while I was working at a restaurant and taking photos and doing small videos on the side for free or next to no pay. I never gave up and thank god had a few close people who helped me rise above that and get back on my feet. I worked at the restaurant for 2, almost 3 years before I got an internship at a production company and was able to quit. from there it as history, I learned everything I could and tried to immerse myself in the commercial and corporate film space for the following 5-6 years. I believe the biggest thing I learned was life moves in waves. Where, you might have a few bad/struggling years, something will happen (if your out hustling and really trying to change our situation) things will eventually turn around in your favor. But on the other side, life always changes and you can fall into a funk for a year or two but knowing things will get batter as long as you keep going. We just all have to keep pushing for something!
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.
This is a hard one for me. Im a horrible host. I wouldn’t make plans for the most part tbh. I would take each day as a new adventure and see what they were interested in seeing or doing and form a plan off the rip and see where our day took us. If I had to pick a few spots we had to go… Mitchelle’s Ice cream shop The Mission The Fillmore Twin Peaks Lands End/Sutro
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are a number of people to deserve a shoutout to the success of my life and story. First, my mothers (I have two, they are not a couple), both who are single women raising other children. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without either of them! In addition, I have a couple of mentors who helped push me in the right direction as a kid. Being that I didn’t have a father around, I sometimes struggled with direction. Matt Ekstrome and Van Portlock were there for me at a young age and were both positive role models. Next to them a couple of my best friends fathers also kinda fit in that realm of a dad figure. They would stay on me about grades and sports whenever I saw them. Lastly, a owe a huge thank you to a couple of m professional mentors such as Jason Joseffer, John Leestma, and Roy Wanguhu. They all helped me grow and learn this craft in man technical aspects which I had lacked prior, which heightened my love and passion for the art of film and photography.