We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Lim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Technically, every choice and every thing you do is a risk, big or small. To motivate yourself and keep moving forward in life, it’s important to constantly have some sort of risk happening in play at all times. I think the worst thing you could do is keep stagnant, because then that means you’re not evolving as a person, in your career, in your relationships — anything! The only solid thing you can rely on while taking risks is that you will always learn something valuable from whatever happens.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I’m shooting, especially personal work, I never try to shoot for a specific aesthetic or look — I feel like I actively try to turn that part of my brain off so I can freely feel in that moment and let it, whatever “it” is, come through the images naturally. By avoiding strict boundaries and concerns of how these new images will look with my previous work, it gives room for creative expression to come out in unique ways. In the end, all of my work is a direct and honest reflection of who I am as a person.
In terms of what has helped me in my career, I’d say the number one thing I’ve always maintained is curiosity. Whether that’s wanting to learn a new skill or even just exploring around with a camera in hand.
Even though I received my degree in photography, I feel like I really learned the most from working within different roles that were all related to it in some way. I worked as a creative director for an apparel company, a studio manager for a couple photographers, a social media manager, a production assistant, etc. When you take the time to understand how all the pieces are connected together, you see different perspectives on it. My curiosity of how things work keep things not only interesting, but also provide incredible learning opportunities that I can apply to my own career.
In an effort in “staying curious”, my partner and I recently opened up a photo studio called Delco Studio. So now I’m exploring what it’s like to run a small business in photography.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My number one spot is taking people to Malibu State Creek Park! Such an amazing place for hiking and climbing. Even the drive around there is beautiful to see Southern California at its finest. Then of course, it’s right by the beach so it’s an easy drive to the coast. For something more in the city, I’d probably take them to a place like Little Tokyo or the Arts District.
An underrated thing to do is a studio lot tour if they’re into that — it’s cool seeing where some of your favorite movies and TV shows were made.
For food, my go to spots are places like The Reel Inn, and Din Tai Fung, and Bowery Bungalow.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate my shout out to 2 people: my Dad and my partner, Jack.
My Dad has always supported me in so many ways while pursuing this career. Always being interested in photography and cameras himself, he was the first person to get me involved in it. We’re always discussing the latest equipment coming out or scanning shops for classic film cameras. He helped me a lot during my college years when I was taking the first real steps into this career path and he still is always teaching me new skills that I can apply to it or in life in general.
My partner, Jack, always encourages me to push myself. We’re always talking through ideas and being each other’s sound boards for anything creative. Whenever I get in my own head on something I’m making, he’s always there to ground me so I can keep moving forward. He works in the film industry, so it’s both a mutual interest and also a mutual understanding (mental and emotional) when we talk about work.
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Other: @delcostudio : www.instagram.com/delcostudio/