We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamie Scoles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jamie, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born and raised in Orange County, California. Growing up in Orange County wasn’t the best experience for me because I was bullied throughout my time in school. Kids wanted to beat me up, they threw trash and milk at me, and would go out of their way every day to tell me that I was ugly and that I should end my life. Expressing my emotions through forms of creativity was the highlight of my days. I loved to design and play music and I filled my time with that, so art and music are who I am. I graduated high school at 17 years old and moved to Los Angeles. I finished college by 19 years old and started in my professional career immediately after. I walked my graduation ceremony and went straight into a career that took me around the world. My childhood experiences only made me more motivated and more determined to succeed, so I have always pushed myself to the max in every area possible to achieve my goals at a faster rate. I look at my experience as a blessing because it didn’t motivate me to be average, it motivated me to be great.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I like to dip my feet in everything I am capable of, from design to music to video. Generally, I work on projects that match who I am, which is in the realms of contemporary and minimal. What sets me apart from others is that I like to take pieces from my story and myself and mold them into my work. An experimental music video that my studio and I put together called ‘She Is’ was nominated for multiple film awards and is a project that I am most proud of. The video encapsulates the pressure women face, while acknowledging the resilience of womankind in simple, artistic visuals. A testimony to the strength of all women. Getting to where I am today professionally was not easy. It was a lot of trial and error and growth from mistakes. I had a bad habit of looking at my previous work and wanting to take it down because it wasn’t up to my current standards, but I realized that that is because I am continually growing and getting better. My current work will always be better than my old work and that is okay. Showing how much you can grow and what you are capable of is a good thing. This thought process shows people that you put love and care into what you do. That is what I want the world to know about my story.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you’re anything like me, my list of places to checkout is the jackpot of LA’s hidden gems. Even after living in Los Angeles for many years, I never spent the time to truly explore the greatness that is in the city until somewhat recently. My itinerary would include hitting my all-time favorite bookstore called “Illiad Bookstore” in North Hollywood. You can find any book there. I have bought countless amounts of great design books from there old and new. You can even rummage through the free books at the entrance of the store. If you love book stores and art like me, I would make my way over to Arcana Books on Art in Culver City where you will find the best books on topics such as design, photography, and film. A great place to find inspiration! When I’m starting to get a little hungry, I’ll stop by a couple of my top favorite restaurants “Eatalian” in Gardena and “Mian” in San Gabriel. They will be your new favorite restaurants too. Then, I would take a little bit of a break from going place to place, and go take a tour of the Shindler House. A beautifully designed house that you can explore inside and out. To fill the rest of the time, I would top off the itinerary with visits to some of my favorite little stores “Tortoise General Store”, “Tweak”, “Wacko”, and “Urban Americana”.
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?
My best and longest friend, Juan Duque, deserves all the credit. We became friends in 7th grade and we have been attached at the hip since. Aside from being my rock through so many years, he is my partner on all of my projects. He is an extremely talented Graphic Designer and Art Director, and has taught me so much in my personal life and my professional career. No matter how wild of an idea I come up with, he supports me. He puts so much time and passion into everything he does and he sees things in ways that I would probably never see myself. Having him by my side is one of the best things I will ever have. I have never had so much love and support from anyone as much as I have received from him. If I tried to list out all the reasons why he deserves recognition in my story, this would be as big as a book.
Viridiana, Juan Duque, Blake Bohls, Caanan Whitson