We had the good fortune of connecting with JASON AVALOS and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi JASON, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
It really is about making a eco-system for myself that all contributes to success. I meditate daily often using the Insight gap, I have therapy weekly for the past 4 years, sobriety, working out daily and prayer. Those are the habits that truly ground me. As far as running a company goes I think paying attention to the market, showing up for the community and staying consistent and flexible especially after Covid has made us all pivot.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Schoolhouse Pictures is a production company I started in 2019 just in time for a pandemic. ahaha. We operate as a disruptor to what people think Inclusion is and what inclusive production companies should be like. I am most excited for the collaborations we’ve been able to make during this past year. I took a group of fellow writers on twitter and formed a tv series that I have been showrunning via zoom for the past 8 months, we are tackling two exciting Docu-series projects, and pitching a few pilots that take inclusivity to wild and strange places for everyone to get into not just my latino fam. Our brand is or those who love the stranger side of entertainment. We are in a New Wave of latin filmmaking and specifically Latin American filmmakers like Tanya Saracho and Gloria Calderon Kellett pushing us forward onto mainstream networks. There is a constant conversation about Latinos being divided when it comes to films we support and make. Our films and shows are focused on bridging that gap by creating content in genres not typically associated with latinos, like Sci-fi, Adult Animation,Thriller, and Horror. We think that there is a real universal quality found in those genres that anyone from any race can get with.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I grew up here so there are alot of places close to my heart. It’s still the apocalypse so I may have to keep it low key, but I’d say Dave’s Hot Chicken,Tommy burgers, Osteria La Buca, Silverlake Ramen,Bay Cities, Donut Friend, and Nobu. These are must eat spots. I would probably drag them to my favorite fitness squad at F45 gym (there are several) for a serious bootcamp to burn those Matcha Donuts off. I lived in Venice beach off abbott Kinney for 7 years so find a rooftop to have a appetizer and bevvy bevs and watch the sunset or Gjelina and then eat Salt and Straw the ice cream of all ice creams. I think surfing at surf riders beach in Malibu then snowboarding in big bear is a pretty solid weekend. —and people ? well its LA so there are interesting people everywhere! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
NALIP , Free The Work and Latino Filmmakers Network all deserve praise and they also do so much for inclusive communities that if you haven’t connected with them you need to. I’ve found the most amazing people all thru those networks.
Other: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/disrupting-the-silence/id1536983775 DISRUPTING THE SILENCE – PODCAST