We had the good fortune of connecting with Jesse Watrous and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jesse, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I would like to reframe the question to discuss the path to success through balancing (or bridging) my chosen career with day jobs. I believe that a bridge is built on a foundation of humility, persistence, and patience. One must remain humble and open to day jobs while tenaciously pursuing career opportunities. In my opinion, this is a winning formula for success, especially if you throw patience into the mix. One of my inspirations for this formula is Harrison Ford. He is humble, tenacious, and patient, along with a great work ethic. When he received his acting break in Star Wars, he continued his day job as a carpenter, at which he was quite skilled and took great pride in. What made me admire Ford was a remark that he made at the end of an interview with Barbara Walters, after she said “May the Force be with you”, in which Ford replied, “Force yourself”. To me this meant “Create your own luck with hard work.”, or as I prefer to say, ”The harder I work, the luckier I get”. These have been my guiding principles to balance my work life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Photography and Media is my specialty, which broadly includes: celebrity, still, portrait, events, films, tv shows, commercials, as well as press/media related events. I am an accredited photojournalist, photographer and film producer. I have worked with several online and print media companies, produced an award-winning short film, and have several projects next year as a photographer and producer. I am currently working with Easily Amused Group productions – www.EasilyAmusedGroup.com
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?
When people ask what to do in Los Angeles, I always point out the tourist attractions: Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Universal Studios, Universal City Walk, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica Pier, and Venice Beach. If people want something that’s different and fun, I recommend the following: Visit LA Farmer’s Market and The Grove, driving through the neighborhoods in Beverly Hills to look at the Mansions, The Magic Castle, Museum Row, LA Convention Center, Downtown LA, shopping on Melrose in LA, shopping on Abbot Kinney Road in Venice, and shopping in downtown Old Pasadena on Colorado Street.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to Thank my Family. With my career being unpredictable, from working strange hours and traveling, to locking myself in my office to finish multiple client projects to the point that they don’t see me for days – they have supported me no matter what I was doing, with love and understanding. They all know that my work is my joy, and by working tenaciously, I am creating a better future for us. I also want to Thank my Business Partner, Sam Moszkowicz. He has been my biggest supporter in all aspects of my business. From finances to important meetings with celebrity clients, he has helped and guided me through many obstacles, stopped me from giving up, and has been my biggest fan of my work.
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