We had the good fortune of connecting with Jes Workman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jes, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
The old “throw a bunch of sh*t at a wall and see what sticks” has served me well since day one. Opportunities won’t just land at your feet. You have to put yourself out there and ask for it. Send 15 emails a day. DM 10 people a week that you think would “never even see it”. Odds are that eventually someone will respond and give you a shot. Sitting back and complaining that it’s not working out is the only absolute way to not get your business off the ground. Keep pushing forward!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a photographer and filmmaker currently in the wedding industry space. I’ve been making photos and films my entire life and started shooting weddings for some extra cash throughout college at USC. I wanted to get into documentary filmmaking out of college but kept saying yes to weddings, started booking up my weekends and could no longer commit to the gig life of freelance filmmaking. I started out being fairly creative and slowly started being influenced more by wedding trends rather than the art that had originally inspired me. With this year at a standstill in the wedding industry due to the pandemic, I’ve taken a much needed break to reflect and rediscover the mediums that inspired me in the first place. Currently consuming tons of films & books and shooting more creative projects with my friends.
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?
We’d grab coffee at Philz (the iced mint mojito with oat milk is insane) below my apartment in DTLA, head to San Pedro, take a scenic drive through Palos Verdes and up to Malibu, grab some lunch at Topanga Living in the canyon, blast some music back down to Sunset and take that all the way across town to Los Feliz. We’d end the day eating dinner at All Time (great celeb spotting, killer foccacia and the best wine) and watch a movie at the tiny vintage Los Feliz 3 theater. The next day we’d head to Griffith and do the Mount Hollywood hike or head over to Pasadena if the flea market is going on. End the weekend with a show at the Hollywood Bowl or see who’s performing at the Walt Disney Concert hall.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My dad is the hardest working person I know and his drive has been my biggest inspiration throughout my entire life. Everything I know about work ethic and personal accountability is because of him!