We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Richmond (JRich) and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Quite frankly, I don’t know how not to take a risk. At 13, I auditioned for / was cast in my first paid theater performance gig. At 18, I moved from Los Angeles to Boston for conservatory training. At 21, I managed an independent band for 3 album releases & 3 national tours. At 25, I launched a summer residency comedy show in Los Angeles. At 28, I created live & digital content for Downtown Los Angeles’s growing arts district. At 30, I switched to production to immerse myself in set life. At 33, I produced an original short form narrative series ( – and proposed to my fiance). At 35, I’m releasing my book “Get Off: The Patriarchy” (out 2021).
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I work with existential narrative, I love story-time (and the sanctuary it creates), and I embrace the natural world’s creative cycle. Throughout all that risk I mentioned, I’ve been fortunate to have work as a writer, performer, consultant, service producer, experience designer and educator. Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to align with passionate collaborators, companies and clients. Throughout my life, I’ve negotiated with anxiety to move boldly forward on my path. Throughout it all – I’ve been honing my craft of communication as a means to either entertain, educate – or both. (Check out the Hall Theater, co-founded by Meredith Barko @lovelamer, for active theatrical work!)
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.
TAKE IT FROM A CALIFORNIAN: as a Californian Italian from Agoura Hills I’m going to tell you to go to Italia Deli in Agoura, get a cold cut* with their homemade Italian dressing on it – then grab a blanket and drive over Kanan, turn right on PCH, drive a little over a mile, keep a lookout for Westward Road – turn left and you’ll find Zuma beach; park on the beachside street or in the lot – and enjoy a perfect sandwich / picnic experience. (*As a vague-n / vaguely vegan, I’m going to tell you to get yours with marinated artichoke hearts, mushrooms, & peppers; and if your gut can handle it, the hard roll is worth the gluten. Plus to-go situation is paper, not plastic – thumbs up!)
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?
I would not be where I am right now if not for being aligned with Believe Limited. I am grateful for the experience of work/place that the core team creates on every project, program and entertainment property www.believeltd.com. Nor would I be where I am right now with out my sister Alison Richmond McChesney- her insight cuts through BS like a hot knife cuts through butter. And I gotta s/o my fiance @officialcodyoftheliving who is currently co-hosting the Haunting Season Podcast – available wherever you listen to podcasts!
Portraits: Joshua Sterling Bragg, Lucia Doynel / Movie Poster “Writer’s Block”: S. Christian Roe & Renee Schwartz / On Stage: WOMB February 2020 / BTS: Directing “Baker’s Dozen”, Directing “Anaheim’s Got Talent”, Directing “Skin Motion docu-series”, Script Supervisor “Khali the Killer”