We had the good fortune of connecting with Jashawn Boswell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jashawn, why did you pursue a creative career?
There are two objects from my childhood that are the seeds of the journey I’ve been on: a red toy piano and an Elmo reusable film camera. I took pictures of everything and when I wasn’t running around with a camera, I was sitting underneath a glass table trying to learn the piano’s programmed songs. I quickly learned about the connections and stories that could be told using both of these things I only thought of as “toys.”
There are numerous ways to communicate feelings and emotions using different mediums like photos/videos or music. I pursued an artistic career because I love to communicate and relate with others using these different artistic mediums.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a cinematographer based out of Columbus, OH who can’t stop dabbling in music and other mediums of art I love differing perspectives and trying to communicate and connect these with other people through storytelling. I combine my love of all aspects of art and perform a balancing act.
Mixing and balancing these different artistic mediums together is challenging but when I do achieve some sense of balance, it is fulfilling to see the full story.
One of the biggest things I’ve learned on my creative journey is the key to having artistic downtime. Too many times had I burnt myself out from doing too much editing or rehearsal without taking time for myself to experience life or my thoughts. Being able to take these breaks is crucial for all aspects of a business – communicating with clients, shooting on set, etc.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
To start the day, we’d have to head to Katalina’s for some locally sourced breakfast. Then, we hit COSI (Columbus’ science museum) and maybe take a walk right outside on the pathways along the Scioto River.
From there, we’d go to Wario’s Beef and Pork in the Arena District for some delicious sandwiches. From there, we could take a stroll through the Short North on High St to visit some local shops and hidden gems.
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?
If there is one person that deserves a shoutout it’s my mom. She has influenced so much of the music and films I’ve discovered. She truly made me the artist I am today (especially since she didn’t stop doing marching band when she was pregnant with me).
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