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

Hi Jason, why did you pursue a creative career?
The honest answer is that I thought it would be way more fun than doing anything else and by and large, I have been correct. It’s also true that there is a deep desire inside me to create and for my creations to be original, meaningful, pleasing and/or challenging to an audience.

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.
As a director and producer who also writes, I’m often seeing the work through each stage and I really love that. I enjoy every part of the filmmaking process and I love being hands-on wherever I can (without completely getting in the way of the very talented people around me!) I feel great pride and excitement when I see the crew becoming a family and taking ownership of the work alongside me. It was through these kinds of collaborative creative environments that I was able to learn and grow in my career, so It’s important for me to create them around my projects. As any actor will tell you, choosing to be in show business is a life-long lesson in rejection management. I have always taken the stance that the only way forward is to create your own opportunities. For me this means independently producing and financing my work and never waiting around for projects to come my way. It’s not easy, but that’s not why we choose to do it! I always seem to forget about loading a truck at 4am in the freezing rain when I see the first joke on screen get a laugh from an audience. For that, I’ll do almost anything and that’s why I keep going.

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.
My all-time favorite place to go in Los Angeles in The Magic Castle. You do need to know someone to get in but if you ask around, it’s possible. Black Rabbit Rose is another magic club I highly recommend. It’s like the punk rock little brother of the castle. Two hikes I like that don’t leave me too exhausted for happy hour and offer amazing views are Kenneth Hahn State Recreational Area and Elysian Park. Kenneth Hahn is where you will get the epic sunset shot your friends back home will be jealous of. For breakfast time, we are heading to a liquor store in Burbank. Before you get worried about me, know that one of the best breakfast burritos in the city is waiting to help us get the day started right at the small grill inside of Alameda Liquor. I could (and have) spent all day at the Annenberg Space for photography. My plan for a great afternoon: get a sandwich at Trencher in Echo Park and then go eat that gorgeous little beast at Echo Park Lake. If you find yourself in the valley and want to see all the pretty people eating lunch and meeting with their writing partners, Aroma Coffee and Tea on Tujunga is the place. I recommend the Aroma wrap with curly fries. For a surf and turf burrito you will not soon forget, we are going to Gracias Señor, a truck that parks near the Ralph’s in Pacific Palisades. For what I think is a truly unique experience in LA, I love to walk around Chinatown and it just enjoy the vibe. It’s maybe not a thing we can do at the moment but I’d challenge anyone to see LAFC play at Banc of California Stadium and not have a great time.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The person I dedicate this shoutout to is my better half in both in life and art, Kincaid Walker. She is both rocket fuel for my creative engine and the lighthouse that keeps me off the rocks.

Website: www.jasoneksuzian.com

Instagram: @jeksuz

Image Credits
James Wilson Diego Lopez

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutLA is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.