We had the good fortune of connecting with James A. Janisse and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi James A., we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always liked being in control of my own time. I knew that working for other people, no matter how enjoyable the job, would ultimately leave me frustrated. It’s hard for me to get excited about improving someone else’s bottom line. To be entirely honest, in past jobs, I wasn’t always the best worker because I’d be more interested in my own side projects than the actual work at hand. Working for myself gives me the freedom that I desire in my life – I choose my own hours, my own projects, my own associates, and my own goals.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My primary creative outlet is the YouTube channel Dead Meat, with the most successful series on the channel being the “Kill Count”. There are plenty of YouTube channels that cover horror movies like I do, and plenty that discuss media in similar ways. I like to think that I stand out from the pack because of my editing and sincerity. Editing videos in a way that resonates with an online audience is a skill I honed over years and years of practice. In middle school, I would pirate the very expensive editing software I couldn’t afford and teach myself how to use the programs. I continued to make short videos throughout high school and college, and after graduating started an earlier YouTube channel that I worked on for four years – during which, I continued to refine my editing. Although editing is a skill that comes somewhat naturally for me, I’ve learned to never rest at my current level or assume I’ve learned everything I need to know – the key to my continued success is a constant drive to be better. Being sincere and fair in videos, especially ones reviewing other art, can be difficult. We all feel a certain pressure to conform to popular opinion, and even when we want to express our own unique feelings, it can be hard to find the right words to properly convey our thoughts. I’m grateful for my degree in filmmaking from the University of Michigan, because even though it didn’t give me a lot of practical hands-on skills needed to work in the industry, its theory- and criticism-based program allowed me to learn the language of film and better express my thoughts when it comes to talking about movies. I combine that learned expertise with my own personal desire to always be truthful in what I say – which itself is something that took years and years of practice. For that, I’m grateful for all the philosophy courses I took in college. They taught me how to be rational, honest, and introspective enough to know my own thoughts and biases. It is this combination that I bring to my scripts and hosting, and I think it resonates with viewers because they can tell I’m operating in good faith – I’m doing the best I can to know what I’m talking about, and I’m honest about how I feel.

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?
I’m unfortunately not the most interesting person when it comes to entertainment outside my home. Working for myself, and living with my fiancee and best friends, I often default to staying home and enjoying domestic entertainment – whether that be watching a movie, practicing a new skill like drumming, or playing board games with friends. Being quarantined for the past year also doesn’t help my ability to know the cool spots to go to in Los Angeles. After COVID finally subsides, I plan to appreciate the city a lot more than I ever did – so hopefully, after that happens, I’ll be able to better answer this question.Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ve worked hard to get to where I am, but none of that success would be feasible without the unending support of my soon-to-be-wife Chelsea Rebecca. As we all know, success is not a linear path but one full of ups and downs. Chelsea has stood by me without question even during the lowest of lows, and it’s her compassion and resilience that gives me the strength to always push myself to be better.

Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2IYWWifoIht9T47z1Z5lJw

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deadmeatjames/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/deadmeatjames/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2IYWWifoIht9T47z1Z5lJw

Image Credits
Photos taken by Sela Shiloni Logo created by Bethany Radloff

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