We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeffrey Ramos and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jeffrey, how do you think about risk?
Risk is all about sacrifice. When I think of risk I think about getting my butt whooped at chess and asking out a girl. Risk is necessary for you to win a game of chess and when you ask out a girl, you run into the possibility of being rejected with life threatening embarrassment. With risk, it can go either way. When things go wrong you have to acknowledge it and move on. I know my computer can beat me at chess, but it can’t survive a round of kickboxing with me. It’s the idea that you could be wrong and you must consider the cost of that. Living life to the fullest often requires making well thought out decisions, so we usually are afraid of the ones that can potentially hurt us. Hurt our pride, egos, reputation. Risk has been a predominant part of my life. I pride myself on coming up with original and sometimes outlandish ideas. Whether it’s business or film, I always wonder what if I followed another idea? What if the time I spent coming up with an idea was better spent on something else or someone else? Where would my life be now? As a filmmaker, I am knee-deep in a highly competitive field where I’m always assessing risk. I’ve learned lots about risk through chess. Sacrifices are made to follow any goal. You want to be an accountant? Be prepared to understand cash flow, expense reports, and financial data. Do you want to learn salsa? Get ready to embarrass yourself at dance classes when you only know the basic step. Do you want to paint miniature sculptures? It’s time to youtube and fail a bunch before you get it right. In chess, you’re constantly thinking of resources, countermoves, and how to bring your sword to the enemy king’s throat. Chess is war. I’d like to think that everyone is a warrior. Don’t believe me? Think about how many times you survived through something. How many times have you thought “I’m not going to make it”? You’re still here. Everyone is a warrior, and the more you think about how much you have fought to be where you are, the more you own that as a part of your identity. You will be prepared to fight future battles when you change your mentality to believe that “I’m a warrior.” Risk is scary. Personally I’ve always been a risk-taker and sometimes it hasn’t gone that well. I try to keep that behind me and always move forward, learning from past mistakes. The times that do work for me though have been life-changing moments of calculated risk. You are only 20 once. Life can change your circumstances on a dime like fall into winter. So don’t be afraid to take risks. Have a chance to be more. After all, why be good, when you can be great?

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an indie filmmaker in LA. I enjoy contributing to the creative narrative, and my stories often have the elements of love, sacrifice, and following your dreams. Since I was a kid I have loved how stories have the ability to inspire the minds of people around the world. I started acting when I was in Boy Scouts doing skits by the bonfire, and from there, I’ve had an opportunity to grow and discover my passion for filmmaking. While pursuing my Bachelors in Business Administration, I expanded upon my interest in the performing arts by minoring in Theatre, Film, and Digital production. I became a freelance production assistant in the film industry. Jumping into the arts was a big leap of faith for me and starting was not easy. My family didn’t have any contacts, I had two lines on my creative resume, and I wanted to start learning how to develop a film from beginning to end. In the beginning, I just started talking to people about my interest. It was embarrassing to say that I was interested in the field but had nothing to show for it. Though it did get the ball rolling. You slowly begin gaining contacts and learning how to network. When you’re working for your dream goal, you have to take every opportunity you can. Whether that opportunity is through a person, favor, or location 50 miles away you have to take it. Being a part of this industry has taught me to integrate everything you can into your life so that you can be one step closer to what you want. Being a filmmaker is amazing because you can work for forces larger than yourself. I believe in the power of inspiration and film is an arena where I can evoke the emotions of people around the world.

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.
First I’d take them to all the theme parks, as many as we could go. Next would be all of the beaches like Venice, Manhattan, and Santa Monica. I would have them walk around Downtown LA with me and catch a show at the Hollywood Bowl or Disney Concert hall. I’d make sure that we had some quality boba and if this is the future, I would show them a studio I work at like Warner Bro’s or Sony and walk them around the lot. We would eat Peruvian food from places like Mamitas, Mr. Pollo’s, and Don Felix and afterwards, we would focus on going to all of the hidden gems described below. One nighttime destination would be Clifton’s cafeteria which is a 4 story nightclub where each level is dedicated to a specific theme. It’s fun, fancy, and even has live music on some levels. It’s a unique place only LA could have where you can have fun and get loose. Hermosa Beach is home to multiple settings from the movie La La Land such as the Lighthouse Cafe and the pier from “City of Stars”. La La Land has become an iconic film for our lovely city, and is one of my favorite movies so I would want my friend to see it. Most people don’t know, but LA residents are allowed to go to city hall and enjoy the sky observation deck for free. All you have to do is show your ID from the N. Main street entrance and you can take a small party up to the observation level. I’ve always been a fan of views, and that observation deck is one of my favorite places to go. Finally, I’d make sure they get to experience how beautiful the sunsets are here. Vista Hermosa Park is a great place for that, but the location doesn’t really matter. I would set apart time to watch a sunset and just enjoy the sky together with my friend on the last day.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to thank David Fu for coming from China and shooting my short film. I’ve learned so much from him on visual storytelling, production, and being a good person. Thank you for all the time you’ve spent helping me out. Bryan Sosa has been a great friend and partner in all of my creative endeavors. He’s been an ardent support of mine and he’s an incredibly talented actor as well. Everything Bryan does, he does with passion and soul. Chelsea Ramirez is one of the kindest souls I’ve ever met. She’s always been a positive person in my life and I appreciate her insight and her constant encouragement. Most of all I’d like to thank all the filmmakers, actors, and creatives that I’ve got to meet on this journey. Without your support and friendship, I wouldn’t be where I am today without you. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me on my journey from my family all the way to the guy who gave me a gig after I accidentally crashed his house party.

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Image Credits
Thomas Holguin Lydia Tsou

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