We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamil Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jamil, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I began my artistic career as an outlet for self expression and a tool to rationalize my existence. I am a very introspective person and the ability to create has afforded me the ability to show my soul to the world – and that’s very fulfilling. Admittedly, much of my creative journey is rooted in a sort of selfish/selfless dichotomy. I have an immense passion for using my skills to help others bring their own vision to life, but each new project I take on presents itself as a step toward my own personal goal. What is that goal? I seek immortality. I truly believe that we live forever through our creations and I view each of my creations as a way to solidify my legacy in this world. Whether it be my videography, music, or photography, every one of my artistic outlets allow me to document my mind, my heart, and soul for future generations to experience. I find immense beauty in that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The number one compliment I receive is about my energy. I absolutely love what I do and my clients experience that love each time they work with me. Video production is a collaborative experience that requires synergy between multiple people and I believe my role is to cultivate and maintain that synergy. A great attitude and becoming emotionally invested in each project allows me to fully lean into my creative brain and produce high quality content for my clients. When you are doing something that you truly enjoy, it’s an amazing (and contagious) feeling that the people you work with will soak up and reciprocate. I rarely have one-time clients because of it. My journey to get here wasn’t easy and I would not have made it if I did not possess a genuine love for videography. I jumped into the proverbial ocean by impulsively quitting my corporate job and buying a camera to pursue videography full-time. I had no clients and limited camera knowledge, but the passion I had for the craft motivated me to learn quickly and go out and secure business. Whenever things get difficult or frustrating, I can always count on my love and passion for creating to keep me going. When it is all said and done, I want to be remembered as a person who did what he loved, did it well, and made everyone feel great during the process. When I am long gone, if the people think “Wow. He was a cool guy and made some really cool stuff” then ultimately I was successful.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ok so here’s what the 1st day visiting me in San Diego looks like: 1st stop is Raising Canes for a Caniac Combo with an extra Texas Toast (OF COURSE) and a sweet tea. 2nd stop is Kate Sessions Park in Pacific Beach to sit, eat Raising Canes and enjoy the views of the Downtown San Diego Skyline. 3rd stop is the basketball courts at South Embarcadero Park so I can show off my jumper while we work off the chicken we ate for breakfast. Lowkey court with nice views of the boats in the Marina passing by. 5th stop is a tour through Gaslamp on Scooters checking out the old architecture and visiting shops. Last stop is North Park for a night out. Start the night at TrueNorth and end the night at CoinOp playing Time Crisis.
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?
Shout out to dance instructor Latte Williams (@latte_dottie on Instagram) – She was the first person I worked with once I got my camera gear. It was recording her dance classes that kicked off my videography career. Shout out to studio owner and dance team instructor Richie P (@richieprichiep on Instagram) – He believed in my abilities early and has always been a great person to speak to about anything creative. He always reaches out to pick my brain about ideas, and happily sends business my way. Shout out to Choreographer/Actress/Director/ Super Creator Alyssa Junious (@miss_ajay on instagram) – We’ve worked together on multiple projects and she’s always gone out of her way to help push me and my career. She’s referred me multiple times, she’s sent me creative grants, groups, and programs to apply for. She’s a creative who loves helping other creators Shout to anyone who has blessed my lens. I am nothing without your contribution. Shout out to myself – For taking the risk of buying a camera and quitting my job to pursue videography full time. I am now living my passion. Best decision I’ve ever made.
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Other: If you have a video project in mind, DM me on Instagram!