We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay Reilly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jay, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Well it just seem to come most naturally. I did try to a more conventional profession. I started Law School and although I enjoyed it, it was not an easy path for me to take. It was challenging for me to keep up and I soon realized I had skills that I could apply to a creative profession. I moved into more of a in-house creative for technology, internet start-ups which allowed me to test some commercial art sensibility which was easy. Like I mentioned, it started to come naturally. It soon flourished into a full time job on its own. This was very much like a second career. I think the big challenge for me early in life was I did not have a lot of influence or inspiration to draw from immediately around me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well I guess I can say that honestly what I am doing is not much different than anyone else. There could be 100s or thousands of photographers that can shoot that same way. It’s just the persistence and tenacious effort and enthusiasm that perhaps sets you apart. You just keep at it until you create the relationships. It can take years to make this happen. Most people might not have the patience or ability to wait that long for the career to take off. It’s not an easy line of work to decide to do and stick with it until you have developed enough relationships to sustain the work full-time. That said, you need to have the a good eye, creative vision and unstained what the clients what and need. They need to trust you to be able to perform and produce. I maybe take that for granted because it might not be something you can learn.. but if you have a little bit of it in you, it can be developed and strengthened.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Well I have recently gotten in to motorbikes and you think you know a city well until you are on a bike cruising though the city. It’s like a reawakening of what is around you. There is a great amount of beauty and peacefulness with in the craziness of the city pace. I love Malibu and the canyons around just east of the beach. I also recently spent some time on Angeles Crest Highway and its a beautiful view of the city. A great way to remove yourself and enjoy the city from a far. My kids also love all the second hand shopping on Melrose and we all have a good time looking for treasures. Great people watching and street fashion. I love there architecture and cars of the Petersen Auto Museum. It’s a must visit for any car or motorcycle enthusiast. As a photographer I love a trip to Venice. Always a ton of photography inspiration!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
At first I think it was very difficult to think of one person that was all encompassing or pivotal in my success. I think it was a sum of a few people that I met along the way that really accumulated to the support, encouragement and success. As I think about them, more and more pop up but here are a few and how they have provided insight and motivation in so many ways. Petter Dennen played a mentoring and guiding role as I navigated the world of stock photography. I was lucky enough to be invited to contribute to Aurora Photos which special in outdoor, adventure and editorial stories. Petter would be available at anytime to discuss the details of producing imagery for submission. His insight and help was much appreciated and he helped develop skills for understanding commercial photography that I apply to this day. My brother, Andrew Reilly is also in the photography world. We get a chance to work together a few times each year as a photography or directing team. Being an independent creative professional, working out of your own studio can be a solitary existence. When the job calls for it, its great to have a creative partner. Anthony Ronga and I have worked on so many projects together and more than anything we just touch base to have telephone chats about business. One part friendship, one part business associate.