We had the good fortune of connecting with James Jovanovich and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi James, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
You have to risk-it-for-the-biscuit! I am a huge believer in the universal meaning of the word “change”. Even if it means taking a different route to work or choosing a different morning Coffee Stop. I preach this so much to my close friends as well as myself. Lately I have been giving my self the same spiel I give to my Day ones that may be going through some type of life bug. But if you want to make those big life changes then you are going to have to strap in and start taking some risks.
Risks are Scary!!! Especially when you start getting out of your early 20’s. Which I find so bazaar. Like what? I am not even that old and my mind is curling up in a little ball and hiding from everything… Get a grip… But risks are a necessary part of life. If the monkey never ventured from the trees and started pursuing food options on the ground level we would never even be here. ( Don’t Fact check the history on me). When you are just a baby you end up taking risks all the time. As you evolve you take less and less risks because you have more information about the world and your mind subconsciously holds you back to keep you safe from any so be it “danger”. Now it takes determination and lifestyle to manage risk taking. Because you can always take risks. That is a simple action. But what is more important in my opinion is living in a mentality of risk taking. I believe there is a huge difference between the two. I am currently trying to hop back into the mentality of risk taking like I was a few years back. You can either choose to sit on a couch or sit in a chair. Eventually you are going to get tired and leave the chair. But a couch, if you get tired you might just call that the bed for the night. Comfortability is low key a deeper poison than snake venom. But that’s for a different conversation along the time line.
It took only one risk to alter my life and everything that I thought I knew about life. This risk came in form of a flyer hanging on a community college pin wall, or whatever you call it. You know, one of those things you pass by a thousand times and never give it the time and day. Well one day I actually decided to look at it. And low and behold, there was an audition flyer for Three Musketeers. I thought, what the heck, why not! I have never acted in anything before but whatever. The mental state I was in at this period in time is what actually allowed me to be open to risks. So it is not just about taking risks. You have to be in that openness to allow risks to float up on the horizon. The moment you close up a bit and cut off your crossroads with opportunity, then risks won’t even become available for the taking.
I am a big believer in perspective. What I mean by this is: I have a perspective, you have a perspective and that is only 2 out of 100. That is only 2 percent of viability that two perspectives can give you. Not taking risks in your life or not saying something you might be fearful to say will close up so many perspectives on how you yourself may see the world. If you are open to putting yourself in different circumstances then you have no choice but to see new things. These new views collide with old beliefs and ideas and create new perspectives and outlooks on life. The more experiences you have the more powerful your own perspective is. I believe everyone should feel empowered by their perspective but also be willing to understand that that perspective is unique because it is yours. Your view and beliefs are what make you unique and that is what is so beautiful about life.
At the end of the day, risk aint for everyone, that’s forsure. Hell, I rather lay on that couch instead of the uncomfortable chair. ( I freaking love couches). But if you wake up one morning and are feeling some type of way about your current life routine, then I say : TAKE A RISK TAKE A CHANCE, MAKE A CHANGE AND BREAK AWAY!!!!!!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Over the course of the Pandemic I started working on something that has been important to me for some time now. I really really really!! Want to tell stories with my friends. There is nothing like bringing visions to reality with the ones closest to you. So I have finally managed to scrounge a few crumbs off the ground to assemble a web Series Pilot. That is what I am super excited for here in the near future. Because I am attempting to do a bunch of things I have no idea how to do. Writing, what’s that? Directing, how? Producing, Do I have to do that to?
Where I am at now is a cocktail mixed with Luck, Determination, Curiosity and a touch of Spunk. And the cocktail just keeps getting spicier. Was it easy? I am not sure it was easy or hard. I think it can be compared to moving to a new city or town. You literally don’t know anyone or anything and now you are just taking a walk down the street to just find the nearest gas station. One Big Sponge.
The biggest lesson I have learned is- Don’t listen to people!
I don’t mean to be rude. Or maybe just a tad. But people have so many opinions that stem from their life experiences. If a grain of salt is not added to whatever rhetoric that is flowing from their canal then you are receiving one way traffic Bias. On the other end of things, choose what you want to listen to. Take what you want or what may help and leave the rest at the recycling center. But yes.. of course you should listen to people.. LOL
I want the world to know that I am a Goober that can’t figure out what phase he is on this week. And that I really can’t wait to start a production company and name it – Steady Scaling Productions.
I don’t even have to actually do anything. I just want to hold meetings with people and ask them- Are you Scaling? Are we Scaling? WE ARE SCALING!!!!
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.
Wow! This is my worst nightmare. I am probably the world’s worst tour guide. So the ideal week would mean sitting inside and doing completely nothing. Just yanking your chain, but am I?
The goal for the entire week would be to stay clear of getting anywhere near a darn Car. If you get into a car in LA and try to do anything you will wear yourself out before you even get to your destination.
If this was my ideal Hosting experience of LA, this is what I would do. As soon as they arrive we stop at Randys Donuts, not because the place is famous or that they have decent donuts but because we are never coming back to this side of town so we might as well stop at one place at least. After we finally get back to the best side of town, (EAST SIDE! Hollywood, Silver lake, Echo park area) we go to the best brunch place in all of eternity. Millie’s Cafe. The following day you can stall for time by taking them on one of the hikes L.A has to offer. My favorite hike in L.A is the Hollywood sign because it is not Runyon. Don’t take your Friends to Runyon! Unless you are just trolling them. While you are on the hike you can ponder for the next hour on what to do because you realize that you actually don’t do anything. When they say- “what’s the plan is for the day” you throw a bunch of vague answers out at them. You then realize the best idea of all time. You take the Pacific Surfliner down to San Diego to show them some real Beach Life. You get 2 vacays in one! Some say I’m Brilliant but most say that there is something wrong with me. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Literally everyone. But if I have to be more specific….
If it wasn’t for the efforts of my Forensics Coaches then I don’t think I would be able to do the things that I do almost every single day. Much love and Always!
Daniel Zaragoza and Sacaar