We had the good fortune of connecting with Jen Dessinger Dessinger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jen Dessinger, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think taking risks is a necessary part of the process, especially in the creative realm. It’s not ever comfortable but it’s usually the space where the magic happens, it’s where you evolve or up level or discover something new. I try and at least do one thing a day that scares me and am always glad that I did.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Ok! Well I am trained a photographer, in both analog and digital, and have branched out to shooting more film/ video as of late. I am most proud of my ability to keep learning and evolving within my craft. Creative pursuits can often be very challenging emotionally and force you to be very present and real with yourself. It’s definitely a roller coaster! I am very excited to be back in California after over a decade on the East Coast and most excited to work on a documentary film on the Long Beach band, Suburban Lawns.
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 just moved back to Los Angeles after over a decade in New York City so feel like I am rediscovering LA again. This is a mix of old & new faves- I would take them to Kitchen Mouse in Highland Park for lunch, then maybe over to the Venice Boardwalk for some roller skating. Next we would go to Living Libations to hook them up with the gift of good skin. After that we would head to LACMA for some art viewing and air conditioning followed by an early dinner in Little Ethiopia at Merkato. If I haven’t worn out my guest by then, I would take them up to the Griffith Observatory for an epic night time view of the city
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Ohh..This is a tough one for me to answer! There have been many but not always from the most obvious places. I feel it’s been a culmination of chance meetings and experiences through out the years where I have found support and encouragement. It’s much like a marathon runner running a race. there are plenty of people in the crowd as you pass by who encourage and support you, some you may know and some you don’t.
Portrait of myself by Keirnan Monaghan all other photos by me