We had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Patrick Galit and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi JPG, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
I think my ultimate goal is to become a trusted source despite my shortcomings and failures. When I was first interviewed by VoyageLA, I was the owner of the Geek Say What? Network, but since then, I’ve had to give that up to pursue projects more suited towards what I really wanted. I realized that I wanted to be a part of something that welcomed people into pop culture, and as my network grew larger, I drifted further away from producing the content I felt was inclusive and important. I’ve now refocused that in a new show – In Quest of Geek – where we use both mainstream and niche pop culture as a gateway for new and established fans. I don’t anticipate making money from our show, or quitting my day job to pursue public speaking full time, but I feel I can put my voice out there every week for the rest of my life and be just as happy as I am now. At the end of my career, I hope that people see my missteps and correct their own, absorb my knowledge and apply in unexpected ways, and adapt my inclusivity to perpetuate in their own content. This was never about my own ambitions or opinions, but the cultivation of whoever comes after me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Jason Patrick Galit (JPG) is one of the hosts of In Quest of Geek: a multi-platform production of weekly podcasts, actual-play RPGs, and Twitch streams. A pop culture critic and “geek educator,” his work has been utilized by Comic-Con International & private businesses to enhance how people interact with media on a more inclusive level. You can find his work under @inquestofgeek, or his former podcast @readysetgeekpodcast from the Geek Say What? Network. I am the child of Filipino immigrants who grew up in lower-income areas for most of my life. I’m the product of public libraries, the kindness of comic book shop owners, and the best positive messages from PBS and 90’s cartoons. I am someone who has lived in-between so many worlds, being not enough of one thing and too much of another, and that has shaped my aim of inclusivity and education in anything I produce creatively. I didn’t start my career in creative & artistic pursuits: I studied to be an English teacher in college while waiting for my officer commission into the United States military. When the recession hit, I had to find a new path, which led to education, banking, video game sales, nightclub management, mortgages, fraud prevention, human resources, & governmental liaisonship. My loved ones like to say that if a job exists, I’ve definitely worked it for a while. Being a creative came about because my girlfriend (now wife) and friend needed extra credit for a class. That turned into producing a weekly show, which then turned into building a podcast network. From the podcast network came the disbanding of something I loved very much, which then resulted in the current show I host and produce. Many of the mistakes I’ve made hopefully reflect in the positive work I do now, and that’s the least we can gain from our failures. Holding myself to the standard of being a critic and educator has not been easy: I’ve found that Asian and Southeast Asian voices tend to get lost or not taken seriously in the pop culture space. It’s why I started going by JPG instead of my real name – our show started receiving more opportunities once my ethnic-sounding name wasn’t an issue, and I still go by that today to remind myself that some people just aren’t ready to listen to someone like me. We can’t make everyone as accepting as we need them to be, but it doesn’t mean we should stop trying.
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 grew up in Orange County, and while I appreciate the importance of Los Angeles as a whole, I feel that the OC gets lumped in too easily with LA by people who don’t live around here. When loved ones come into town, I like to really highlight the differences: a trip to Laguna Beach, a tour of OC craft breweries, and a Disneyland day would be the start. I would also want to show them around Old Towne Orange as well, having a meal at The Wall and visiting places where movies were filmed, all the while eating through some of the best Mexican food Southern California has to offer. For LA venues, a visit to the Griffith Observatory, The Last Bookstore, and a rooftop dinner venue would be my choices.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To Cole & Anthony – There is no way I could’ve gotten this far without you two. Thank you for challenging every decision and for having my back when I needed you. To Everyone Ever Involved with the Geek Say What? Network – Thank you for building a collective dream and force for good with me. I know I wasn’t always the easiest person to work with, but I hope you learned from me in all of the times that I learned from you. To Alix – You’ve encouraged me to share my voice with others from the very start. You are my partner, my most important critic, and my loudest cheerleader in everything I do. There are no words in any language that could truly capture how much I love, appreciate, and cherish you.