We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeremy Mooney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeremy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I don’t think I had an entrepeneurial spirit like many others who do their own thing initially. I think for me, it came out of the realization that no one else is going to look out for your well being as much as yourself. I think everyone at some point, or at every point of their career – have felt either used or undervalued. Personally for me, not relying a company or someone else for my own well being was the best way to get away from that feeling. The idea of ‘job security’ also stalled the process. But in reality, no 9-5 job I’ve ever had really was secure – every company you were in fear of job and budget cuts. So after I accepted that reality, it made it a lot easier to pursue doing my own thing with confidence.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The biggest challenges I think for any creative is battling your self doubt, and accepting all forms of criticism. Especially if it becomes your living, criticism will undoubtedly become an everyday part of life. Your own self believe, confidence and drive does determine how far you can go and how seriously you want to pursue your craft. I would use a tattoo artist as a great example of a tough route to take. I would find it hard to believe that all great tattoo artists begin with amazing works of art. They all have started somewhere giving all of us our regrettable, shitty first or second tattoo. I couldn’t imagine the time, dedication, patience and thick skin they must have to finally get to the level of some of the amazing work we see now.
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?
As a movie guy I would take a friend to all of the famous film locations – the Bradbury Building where some cool music videos and Blade Runner was shot. Randy’s Donut’s in Inglewood…the 2nd Street tunnel and all the cool stuff they shot there.
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?
Peter Marvu (IG: @petermarvu) – An Italian based music video director who I’ve followed for a while now…I’ve seen the growth in his craft and am inspired by his dedication and passion to what he does.