We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaymes Camery and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jaymes, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I don’t think there is ever a time to give up. There are times to change, but we do our craft or art because there is a passion and love for it. Giving up and losing that would be detrimental to who we are as artists, business owners, and people. And we can do what we love on many levels too. We should continually be evolving and finding ways to improve our craft and challenge ourselves. Obviously, if you do something well, you don’t want to abandon it, but also, how do we highlight our strengths while we continue to grow? So if you feel like you’ve hit a wall, my advice would be to adjust and maybe try a different process, or figure out the best way to showcase your talents.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Starting as a filmmaker in rural Virginia, I’m always taken pride in being a DIY filmmaker. While I’d love to have a nice budget, I’ve never wanted to be hampered by money. Certain circumstances and projects require bigger budgets, but I’m glad I know how to shoot with no-budget or a tiny crew. For the most part, I usually produce, write, act, direct, and edit my films.
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’m the worst person to ask. I like hanging out in Pasadena or at a low-key beach. A Dodgers’ game on a weeknight. Maybe the Getty or LACMA, depending on the exhibits.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Ben Solenberger, who is my film partner. We’ve been friends for 25+ years and making films together for 15 years.