We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacquelyn Racine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacquelyn, how do you think about risk?
Many people in my life would describe me as ambitious. I am dedicated to my objectives and work hard to achieve them. I have learned that my determination and perseverance were key components in making my dreams a reality. I have a goal, and my ambition is the driving force that projects me forward. However, being ambitious does not necessarily mean you are comfortable with risk-taking. From a young age, I was always a very tentative person. I approached any new situation with caution and skepticism. I was curious, but also fearful of the potential negative outcome. As a young adult, I started branching out and taking more calculated risks. I would assess the situation ahead of time and develop a game-plan, hoping there were no unexpected surprises. I began noticing that my exposure to danger was minimal and if something came up for which I was unprepared, it wasn’t the end of the world.
To quote the great Maya Angelou: “Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.” I believe this quote really showcases the way I think about risks. For me, every choice I make is a calculated risk.
One takeaway from my life experience so far is: dream big and don’t let the fear of failing stand in your way. I have always been a pragmatic thinker, solving problems with logic and sense. But sometimes our passions cannot be rationalized. I used to believe that what I wanted for my life was unreasonable and unrealistic. I was afraid of failing or making a mistake – so I sometimes stopped myself from even trying. Once I started imagining my goals could be realized and acknowledging them out loud, things started falling into place for me. My family & friends have supported my ambition wholeheartedly, and I trusted that if I worked hard enough, anything could be achieved.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The film industry as a whole, is not a career for the faint of heart. It takes constant dedication and determination in the face of adversity. I have faced many roadblocks along the path to achieving my goals. There hasn’t been one distinct hurdle to cross, per se, but rather a multitude of challenges and obstacles to overcome.
In visual effects, as in life, it’s about being adaptable. The industry is constantly shifting and evolving, updating itself in tandem with new software releases to stay nimble. I am always willing to embrace new challenges to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of film. When faced with an obstacle, I become even more determined to overcome it. I have the necessary skills required for my position but I am also constantly working to develop new ones. I am passionate about innovation in VFX and I want to play a role in the advancement of film.
One lesson I learned early on in my career is: make strong connections wherever you go and leave a positive long-lasting impression. I know from experience that the film industry, and the visual effects industry for that matter, is very interconnected and you should never burn any bridges. You never know who the next person could be to support your career. You always want to grow your network and nourish those relationships. One of the things that I feel characterizes my career thus far is my commitment to enhancing every team environment in which I work. I feel every person involved in a production plays a significant role and deserves to be treated with respect. As I progress and take on more responsibility, I vow to always treat my co-workers as valued members of a team.
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.
The best part about living in LA is that you can explore new areas every single day, and never get bored. This itinerary is based on a safe world pre/post-Covid:
– Shop and explore the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Hollywood & Highland)
– Sign up for an audience taping (potentially Jimmy Kimmel since his stage is right in the heart of Hollywood)
– Dinner in Hollywood – El Floridita (includes live music & salsa dancing)
– Book a studio lot tour – Warner Bros, Sony, Paramount, etc.
– Dinner in North Hollywood
– Day pass at Universal Studios (specifically Harry Potter world)
– Dinner in Studio City – Ca Del Sole
– Hike & visit Griffith Observatory
– Dinner in Los Feliz
– Dinner in West Hollywood – El Compadre (best margaritas in town!)
– Explore the West Hollywood nightlife
– Outdoor live music & dancing at LACMA
– Happy hour in the Valley – Ramen Izakaya (sushi & margaritas)
– Evening movie in the park – Cinespia
– Brunch in Burbank – Castaway (with an amazing view of the city)
– Explore the Santa Monica Pier & 3rd Street Promenade Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am very lucky to have a large support group of family & friends. I would not be where I am today without the love and encouragement from each of them on a daily basis. Whether they play a large or small role, I recognize that everyone in your life has a hand in shaping you. The three people I would like to dedicate this shoutout piece to specifically, are: my Mom, my Dad and my sister Lisa.
My career has been a journey to say the least, and it is far from over. The moment I chose to pack my bags and move down to Los Angeles, I had the unwavering support of my Mom & Dad. They have not only been my biggest cheerleaders, but also my reliable sounding boards, financial advisors and therapists at times. No dream is too big in their eyes and they reinforced that in me from a young age. Of course, like any parent, they would love if my aspirations in life would keep me closer to home. But no matter how far apart we are geographically, I know they are behind me 110% and for that, I am eternally grateful.
The other person who has made my entire voyage (pun intended) down to Los Angeles possible, is my sister Lisa. I can still remember the moment I called her to discuss the insane idea I had about moving to LA. Her response was simply: “When are you coming? The guest room is ready and waiting for you!” I knew from that moment, this wild dream I had could actually become a reality. And it didn’t stop there. She has continued to support me in ways I could never imagine. I can honestly say, I could not have done this without her help every step of the way. I am so lucky to have her in my corner, and to live in the same amazing city together.