We had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Fox and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jason, why did you pursue a creative career?
I feel like creatives are touched with a bit of a spark, that inner push to create and express. I think in order to be happy we have to honor that and listen to ourselves. I don’t really think there was ever a question if I’d end up in a creative field. Pretty much everything that I’ve been interested in from the jump was based in the arts. I promised myself early on that I’d continue to listen and be honest with myself as to where my interests are and where they may be leading me. I think it’s an important dialogue that you have to continually have with yourself if you are going to really be happy.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an actor you show up on set, help tell a story and when they’ve got it you move on. I love it but it’s a different beast. There is only so much control you have as an actor. With my ceramics it’s just me. I am a one man show and I love it. It’s the one thing in my life that is completely 100% mine. I follow my bliss. I’m not really interested in mass producing 50 mugs or 32 bowls exactly the same way for an order. If that’s what you do and you love it more power to you. It’s just not what I’m interested in. I like to work very organically, I’m just listening to those inner curiosities and exploring them to the fullest and people seem to respond to it. I don’t think any creative business is easy. It’s a tough dance when dollars and cents come into play I just make sure the creative fun side is leading the way. I think that’s the best way. I like to focus on creating art and being true to myself. That’s the best way I can serve that spark.
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.
I love LA. There are so many fun things to do and see and each area feels so uniquely their own. If I had my best friend visit I’d definitely hit up a Dodgers game if they’re in town. Love the boys in blue, a night at the ravine is summertime magic. The Grand Central Market for a quick one stop shop for coffee and lunch. Gotta do a night at Pace’. Probably my favorite restaurant in LA. It’s sexy af, you can feel the history soaked into the walls and the food hits me in the feels. Pizzeria de Michele for my favorite pizza and pints. I’d definitely hit at least one morning surf at 3rd pt or old man joe’s and walk over and grab lunch at the Malibu Country Mart, can’t go wrong. Drive up the pch and grab a second surf at County Line and hit up Neptunes Net for some fish and chips while catching the sunset on the bluff. I love plants so I’d do a late morning at the Huntington Gardens and spend some time with the succulents and mini Japan. Can’t miss a quick stop at Best Fish Taco In Ensenada and CaCao in Eagle Rock for street tacos and drafts. Gotta do Mexican in LA, divide and conquer. The Geffen is my favorite theater in town so I’d hit up a show and maybe 800 degrees for more pizza and Diddy Riese for some cookies. Im always down for a nighttime drive on Mulholland, windows down and music up. And I’ll never pass up sushi. Whether it’s Hide on Sawtelle, Kazunori Handrolls downtown or pick a sugarfish – there’s a place for every mood dig in!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I love this. What’s the saying “We are standing on the shoulders of giants?” I think when we’re young everyone we look up to is a giant, whether they’ve had an immense impact globally, nationally or maybe just in our own little bubble and I think they are all equally valid especially at a young age. Obviously I have to first thank my parents for creating the healthy environment that felt so nurturing and supportive for all my interests and curiosities. I am now a Dad to a beautiful 2 1/2 year old so it’s something I am very aware of and am constantly thinking about. Being a parent is just everything. It sounds cliche’ but it’s bigger then words. It really is. She is my world and I consider her in every decision I make. So big love to Mom and Dad for being my world early on. But I’d really also like to shoutout my high school ceramic teacher Linda Austerberry. She introduced me to clay and the wheel early on and I couldn’t be more grateful for the exposure and place to play. I pretty much spent all my free time at school there and regularly walked around with clay all over my clothes. I loved it. So thank you Mrs. Austerberry!