We had the good fortune of connecting with Jared Deiro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jared, what do you want people to remember about you?
I want to be apart of something bigger than myself. The day-to-day life of a 20-something trying to make it in LA is as generic as it gets. I don’t want to fall into a “general” hole. I want my stories to outlive me, I want my films to connect and hopefully resonate with people that are going through something adjacent to my protagonists. Each story I tell is just an over exaggerated interpretation of encounters or people in my life, or visualized thoughts and emotions I carry. Each film is a part of me, each one giving a lesson I’ve learned about myself, or maybe something I’m trying to understand in that moment – but instead of me just telling you or explaining half drunk in some back booth at a loud bar, I want to show it through a medium that transports the viewer somewhere out of their daily lives.
So, in a sense I think I just want to be remembered? But, I guess thats as generic as it gets.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As I mentioned at the beginning, my stories are cultivated off the people in my life and the experiences I’ve had. No, I don’t have twin that has tried to kill me, and I don’t have a machine that allows me to relive moments in my past. But I take pieces of me and drop it into genres, moments, and. characters. Although they aren’t direct interpretations, they are a major reflection on who I am, and my past. Some of my dialogue has been pulled from precise moments and conversations. Some dialogue represents things I wish I could say to people that have hurt me and especially to those that I’ve hurt. In retrospect this may be a form of therapy for me – albeit the stories I tell are for you, the audience, I feel as though I’m confronting aspects in myself I never attempted to situate. It’s kind of interesting to realize that as I’m saying it now. But at the end of the day, I know my stories are me – and no one else can tell them besides myself.
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.
Throughout quarantine, I’ve recently gotten into hiking – my girlfriend being such a health conscious motivating factor behind it. I’ve become obsessed with listening to the “Ellen Reid Soundwalk” app while hiking throughout Griffith. The classic jazzy feel of Old Hollywood while hiking through a staple of Los Angeles really makes you feel a like you’re experiencing a soundtrack to the land and idea this city was built on.
Restaurant wise? I feel as though I’ve become somewhat of a regular at The Black Cat in Silverlake. They handled the reopening in LA very safely and it’s where I felt the most comfortable, their cocktails and food are incredible. It’s also a designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural landmark where activists started some of the earliest LGBTQ demonstrations in support for their rights back in the ’60s. So to spend time, hangout and dine at a place with such rich history is what gives it its charm.
I feel like the trend of Old Hollywood has really influenced my itinerary because, mean I GOTTA take them to some (if not all) of the classic theaters throughout Los Angeles, my favorite being the Cinedome off Sunset. But the small indie theaters is where you truly feel the magic of Hollywood like: The New Beverly, The Vista, Los Feliz Theater, and of course the larger monumental Chinese Theater or El Capitan- All of which will need our help when theaters are fully open. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Mom, a powerful young woman that raised me while also discovering herself at the age of 17. Although she was put in such a rightfully rugged situation – I was given everything a child needed. A loving home, an insanely supportive family (empahasis on insane), and someone that would bend over backwards to fulfill my young minds interests. 8 years later, my sister was born and as time went on; I watched as she tirelessly worked multiple jobs, attended school, and raised my sister & I. I learned everything from that woman, the work ethic I grew up admiring, has carried through with me my entire existence. Inevitably spilling into my creative life.
Aaron Gatewood, Jonas Gaida, William Greenberg, Phillip Greenbaum