We had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Agresti and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jason, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
If it’s something you can’t live without and it’s the core of your being, and this is who you were before outside influences had an impact on you.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art comes in various forms but the one component that I am most interested in and proud of is my music. Music to most people isn’t tangible. Whenever I am feeling a certain way, I start to mold whatever that emotion is, whatever that gut reaction is and start to put it into tangible sounds: guitar, piano, vocals. I’m most proud of being able to write songs. I started writing songs so I could escape-and if others can escape in a similar fashion then that’s the point of music, of any art.

I got to where I am today because I have never stopped writing. I have much appreciation for so many different styles and genres of artists. I love words. To be an artist is not the easiest road t take. It is something you only do if it’s innate. There are challenges every day, but you overcome them if that is your true passion.

I was approached by filmmaker and producer Anna Kipervaser in 2010 to place an original song for their documentary “Cairo in One Breath” that premiered in film festivals. I fell more in love with the idea of writing original songs and scoring films/documentaries considering the source material, topics and ideas that I could wrap my heart around. I’ve traveled throughout parts of South East Asia to photograph the many walks of life that exist within the human realm. I would concur that my art has opened up my eyes and heart to the human condition and irreparably, what we can do to improve it.

A pivotal lesson I have learned is to question humanity and stop second guessing myself. I feel like the world should know giving up is never an option, and that my music and love of photography has helped shape my world view in many ways. True satisfaction is when it helps shape someone else’s day in a positive light. My goal is to be apart of that clandestine approach.

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.
A week is a bit much, two to three days is ideal. A walk in the mountains, a drive to the beach and a good slice of pizza is all that’s needed for a good time.

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?
There are two organizations that are close to my heart that I would like to bring awareness to: Thorn and The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. The Dreaming Zebra is a charity that brings support for children and young adults to be given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts in schools. Thorn was born out of the child sex trafficking trade that has horrified the entire world and founded in 2012. Their goal is to invest in greater technology that approaches to end online child sexual abuse. Both of these charities can be found online and donated to.

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