We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaclyn Moy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jaclyn, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my personal success is simply being myself and never letting failure stop me. Every opportunity is a learning experience that has helped me progress; whether it be a success or failure. Creativity, to me, is showing viewers a part of your mind and perspective. That alone can spark up a lot of nerves and insecurities, but those are a part of being us; human. Knowing I am unapologetically being myself with all of my work, I can finish a project or a piece of work feeling like I did my absolute best. I tend to stray away from looking for “inspiration” from other’s work or social media so I can let my creative mind work on what it would authentically create. I work on only taking inspiration from nature and light right in front of me. But of course, I love admiring other’s work quite often. It took me some time to realize that the only thing we will be for the entirety of life is, ourself. That is something to be proud of and something that has helped me throughout my career.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My photography is my art that I practice full time for my career. I am most proud of my ability to create photographs for many different purposes. I have been shooting portraiture and products for the majority of my career and have recently began my journey into aerospace missions, which is my primary focus at the moment. One of my latest accomplishments has been the great pleasure of being published by NASA. Whether I am shooting documentary style for science or fashion portraits, I believe anything can be turned into art. Getting to this point in my career was not easy, but I could also overlook the difficulties because I am so in love with my craft. I worked very hard to be a diverse photographer and work in many different industries. I am usually busy ‘in the field’ documenting and spend the rest of my time behind the computer processing the content I create. I am hoping with my experiences thus far to go on National Geographic missions in the future or work in high fashion through visual artistry or marketing.
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?
Because I’m a beach girl, born and raised, the first place we would go would be down to the water. Kayaking, long boarding and all of the beach activities are welcome in my book. There are so many good places to brunch and dine at some of my favorites being The Strand House in Manhattan Beach and Shabu King in Redondo Beach. Getting around to these places is an easy bike or long board ride down the strand, parallel to the horizon; my absolute favorite. I would have to introduce them to my friends if they have not already met and all of them happened to be conveniently scattered around LA. We would head into the city of Los Angeles for an art gallery or make our way to some art museums or installations because those are definitely interesting (at least to me!). The Broad and The Gagosian are two of my favorites. Depending on the night or day, we would go see live music in the city and let the charm of Los Angeles sink in at cafes and eateries. There are also so many fun hikes around the city with beautiful look outs for sunsets and sunrises. There is really an endless list of things to do here. It would be a trip full of outdoors at the beach and mountains with a large dose of Los Angeles city energy.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If I could name every person who I would want to dedicate this to, we would be sitting here for too long. But for starters, my family has had a huge part in where I am today. Thank you to my parents who loved me enough to let me admire the world in a different way and for not judging me when I let my creativity run too wild. I’m grateful for my brother and sister for being my best friends and cheering me on to get to where I am today. For my friends who have loved me through my downs and ups and believed in me while I was achieving my dreams. Without the love and support from you all, I would not have been able to recognize pieces of myself enough to achieve what I have today. You have helped me find my voice, my creative voice and my path to be the present me. I am forever grateful for every one of you and hope I can give back all of the love I have been so lucky to receive.
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