We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeremy Richardson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeremy, how do you think about risk?
When I think about risks, I think FAITH over fear, deterrents vs REWARDS and PATIENCE as a virtue. First, I talk to Spirit and let Spirit guide me, using past experiences where faith while risk taking has worked in my affirmatively in my favor. Next, I like to think practically and logistically about the reward, answering ‘The 5 W’s’: Who does it impact? What is changing? When will it take place? Where does it happen? Why is it necessary? From there, If the negatives, outweigh the pros, I go a step further to ask myself, “AM I being patient with myself? My current circumstance? My peers?”
The risks I’ve taken are have held the master key to continuous success, because no matter the outcome, there were lessons attached. Some of biggest risks have moved me across the globe, allowed me to see, smell, and taste the vision firsthand, shoot breathtaking locations, and work with icons, legends, and Household Names such as Facebook, Viacom, and Miley Cyrus and many many others over the past seven and a half years.
They’ve also provided the opportunity to produce content that extends across a dynamic range of genres and industries from Tech and Music Videos to Sports, Fashion and Documentary Film.
While its important to promote risk taking in terms of growth when reasonable, at the core of my life and career as a Multidisciplinary Creative, Cinematographer, and CEO are sound daily operations that minimize risks, and while not all risks result in reward, they almost always result in refinement.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is reflective of my taste. My art is my love letter to creative expression and myself. My ability to consistently attract clients without representation and leave them in awe of their deliverables — over deliver! — satisfy referrals from clients and keep an average age of 3 to 4 years on most accounts in our roster, is what sets me apart from others. I am most proud of passing a goal of $222,000 Gross Income as a Small Business doing BIG business. My domestic nature and get it done attitude when as a Director’s Assistant on set, the connections I make with my subjects when shooting, making sure my crew and clients eat, stay hydrated, and have fun married with technical skill in all three phases of production helped me become who I am today.
I wouldn’t necessarily say it was hard, especially having the Gift of Gab. The labor and long hours weren’t easy, but in my opinion passion and purpose bring a renewed ease. The biggest part of overcoming is communication, listening to your body mind and soul, and consistently creating content until its the content you want to showcase.
The lessons I have learned have all related to self care in the highest form, starting with Mental Health. I cannot stress the importance of resting and recharging.
JTD STUDIOS is a Creative Collective, telling stories that need to be told. We are approaching 8 years in operation with countless films and projects produced each year!
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?
Los Angeles — Griffith Observatory, RSA Films, West Hollywood of course, Bel Air and Beverly Hills, Wokcano, The Taco Truck, LA Live and Downtown LA, El Matador State Beach, Blacks Beach in San Diego
NY, NY — BK Museum, Glady’s, Chuko, Soho, Harlem, WTC, Hudson Yards, Prospect Park, Sweet Chick, Times Square, and Off Broadway show, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, Art Galleries, The LES, The Highline
ATL — 234 Sunset (MLK’s final home), The Beltline, Poor Calvins, Benihana, West Midtown, Ponce City Market, Velvet Taco, The future Microsoft Campus, The Interlock, Juicy Crab, American Deli
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Success requires sound council and consistent encouragement. My Shoutout Feature is dedicated to a group that’s made up of my ALWAYS supportive family, my LA & NY tribes, every teacher who took the time to teach because they saw a need.
To the MVPs and Varsity Cheerleaders — Granny and Grandaddy — who loved me and my mom, a teen mom turned Wife, Entrepreneur, and OG Mom of Three — Thank You for believing in US.
To MY Mama TRACY! — What would I do without the positive reinforcement, laughs, random Cash App Drops, the commitment to flying HIGH when they go low, the risks taken mentally and physically, while giving me the best example hands down of what mom life is ALL ABOUT.
To my Brothers and Educators — You learned from the best, now its your turn to go and be great at your alma mater. My educators, most of whom I still have contact with, thank you. — Many Thanks to the loveliest village on the plains, Auburn U and the Omicron Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
To My Swaggy Dad, Grandmama L and Paw Paw — For the swag, the scents, the rent — at times (whew) 😮💨. Nights watching Barney in the bedroom at Grandmama L, and wisdom beyond words, Paw Paw!
LA & NY Tribes — You know exactly who you are! Honorable mention is my first boss turned friend, Susan! You make Ridley Scott Creative Group a fun place to work. Thanks for believing in this southern gent from Alabama 10 years ago and guiding me from internship to assistantship to BOSS.