We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric Jewell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eric, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most important lesson that I have learned throughout my career has been that success takes time and looks different for everyone. Don’t judge your own success based on other people.
When I was younger, I thought that I would have my entire life figured out and be working my dream job by age 25. Well, I just turned 25 the other day and I still haven’t figured out my entire life and my career path is still murky and unclear to me.
I have friends who are younger than me who are further in their career and they love it. I also know people twice my age who have finally just become a producer on their first film, and they finally feel like they are on their way to success.
Judging your own success based on others is always a dangerous game. You are the person who sets your own timeline for success.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
One thing that I believe sets my art apart from others is that when I start out on projects, my first thought is never “how can I make this profitable?” or anything along those lines. When I first start out on a project I am making it because I want to create something. I firmly believe that people make their best work when they are just being passionate about what they are working on before they ever think about making a profit.
One thing that I’m proud of is that I’m still an artist and creative who is still growing and learning. I know that there is so much to learn in this line of work, and a true creative knows that there is always more to learn. For example, I had always known that there was a lot of work that went into making a feature film. I’ve worked on sets and seen the work that gets put into them. But nothing prepares you for the amount of work that goes into a feature film until you and your friends decide to film a feature film during a pandemic. I worked as a producer, a 2nd AD, and pretty much any role that needed to be filled during physical production on that set and it was a blast. I was so proud of how this group of friends came together to make this project a reality.
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?
As soon as they get off the plane, we are going to Dave’s Hot Chicken. I think it’s an absolute must-have if you’re visiting the city. One place that I would make sure we went to would be Malibu Creek. Whether it’s just going on a hike, going to rock climb, or going for a dip in the watering hole I would definitely make time to stop by. If you’re into nightlife, you would need to stop by one of the countless karaoke bars on Hollywood Blvd. There’s a bar for every type of person out there. The last place I would make sure people check out would be the Last Bookstore. Even if you aren’t a bookworm, there’s just a marvelous feeling when you’re in there, surrounded by all of those stories.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A big reason that I have so much motivation to keep pushing and moving forward, regardless of how many rejections or setbacks I face, is the support that I get from my family and my friends. I know that it sounds corny, but I truly wouldn’t be where I am today without their support and encouragement.
It really does make a huge difference if you surround yourself with people who actively are encouraging you to follow your dreams and pursuing your goals.