We had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Vargas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jason, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe risk is where the growth lies, for most risk or any other discomfort to one’s regular comfort zone may seem like red flags. However I see it as a chance to expand one’s comfort zone. Although this may be easier said than done gaining the confidence to take risk has definitely helped me overcome difficult situations in my career. Risk is where the growth is.
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.
I began creating content around 2012 about my freshman year in high school. However I didn’t begin with creating video’s I actually started with photography. My whole childhood I was always around camera’s but they were all strictly for photography no option to record. So I began shooting/ editing photo’s as a creative outlet. At the time tumblr was a big thing and I remember seeing some of the craziest coolest creative photos and gifs all over tumblr I was immediately hooked. I knew at that point that this is what I wanted to do I wasn’t sure how or what exactly I wanted to create but I knew I wanted to create some form of digital art. Fast forward to mid July of 2017 my fiancee surprised me with an early birthday gift my first ever video camera. At the time I was working at Little Caesars as a shift manager I knew that I wanted to turn my passion for videography into a career but had no idea where to start. I also knew no one in that field of expertise but I’ve always know that good work gets noticed. So for the next two years of my life I continued working a full time minimum wage job while doing a bunch of free work with friends and local company’s to build more of a name/style/pro-folio for myself. Fast forward to April 2019 I finally had enough of my daily routine of fear and doubt about my craft and I figured hey you know what I’ll never know if I can do this if I’m to scared to try. That day after my shift ended I quit on the spot and haven’t looked back since. There was so much to be taught within the last 3 years of my life. One remain out of your comfort zone because that is where the growth lies. Two life is all about perspective even on months where I only brought in 82$ off of videos I still didn’t see it as a loss but as a lesson on what not to do again and learned from it. And three you have to believe in yourself before anyone else can believe in you. I’ve now been a full time freelance videographer for one year and four months and I can truly say follow your passion because what I do for work never ever feels like work. You reach a point where all you can do is grow even if you fail its a lesson. The ability to create a video that will completely take a audience into your own world and complete make them escape reality for X amount of minutes to me is priceless.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I definitely love the diversity of food in the city so I’d definitely say Grand Central Market, Market 626, and of course Venice beach!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shout out to my fiancee, friends, and family for believing me even when I may have not have. My dad who showed what creativity really is and that any thing is possible. My Fiancee who never once stopped supporting me even at my lowest lows. And last but not least my tio Bud for showing me that through hard work even a kid from the streets can make it out!