We had the good fortune of connecting with Jim Francis Meza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jim Francis, what matters most to you?
If I had to name one principle I value most, it would have to definitely be loyalty. I find that without loyalty you do not represent anything and therefore you display no character. Loyal individuals are does who live by their word and that is of utmost importance to me. In showbiz loyalty is everything. It is the solid foundation of which longstanding relationships are maintained.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The pandemic both brought us together and disproportionally marginalized some. By this I mean we grew closer as a family but farther apart as a nation. I am using art as a bridge to fill in that gap of conspicuous disparity and provide thru that medium much needed healing. I wholeheartedly believe that our nation is being infected with so much toxicity and unnecessary racism. It is definitely time we stand up hand in hand as One Nation Under God that is blind to color, race, and only sees merits and character in a person. We need to be the change we want to see in the world. I started a Podcast called, “Juicy Divas! Confessions of a Limo Driver” that Seth Goldstein and I began for sheer kicks. A pure experimental hodgepodge of soundbites if you will, that has now taken a life of its own. In addition, I am also a producer for another Podcast, “The Upcoming” I find that through dialog, we can build each other up. Edification is key to helping folks dialogue and showcase their talents. It also boosts the morale which is why Podcasts are so essential. These outlets and social media can help shape ideas, hash out new endeavors and bury the hatchet. In addition, I started a tik tok account @jimmyboy_011 which gives back to the community, particularly our most vulnerable the street vendors. On any given day, you will see me set out looking to be of a blessing to some vendor. I usually buy them food and proceed to give them some extra money. By such acts of kindness I hope to inspire others to help out those in need while spreading the message of Love. Nothing in life is ever easy, I can attest to that. I would say networking, showcasing and just getting out there and meeting new people everyday no matter what your branch is can and will get you to the finish line. A good word of caution would be, never take anyone for granted, or burn bridges. Never take no for an answer be relentless and Smile at every person you come across on the street. You never know if that person might be the right hand you needed to shake in your journey up the ladder of success.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well as a former limo driver, I think I can literally show you a good time around the town. L.A. for the most part is known for our rich diversity. That said, we have so much to indulge in and with such welcoming weather, its no wonder people are smitten at first sight. I would start with Hollywood since it is what most people identify our city of Angeles with. In fact, so many a folk comes out to Los Angeles hoping to catch the big break and become a celebrity in Hollywood. I would take them to see the stars on the walk of fame. Then definitely show them around our precious beaches that extend miles and miles of sun and fun. I would make it a point to stop by Venice and people watch a bit. Venice Beach is a very eccentric and unconventional. I would visit Griffith Observatory and probably regale my guests with cool side bars of how Rebel without a cause was shot there. I would take them to Downtown L.A. and show them were LA Live is and most likely the Rumba Room for some night life. If they asked for some staple food, I would take them to Lincoln Heights, my hometown in East L.A. Ave. 26 Tacos. I would also insist that the following day we would do a pit stop at La Placita Olvera or Olvera St. were they could really get a taste of our rich Mexican culture through Mexican-American clothing and the adobe house. As well as “Cielito lindo” Restaurant were they could get serenaded by Mariachis
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My success is due in part to my parents who instilled strong moral values and taught me leadership skills, that I draw on today. Our family’s core principles lied in structure, discipline and the opportunities to be creative, imaginative and find my God given passion for the arts. I have had several mentors throughout my life who have played an integral part in developing the artist I am today. I once had a teacher who I fondly remember telling me, “You are who you are by virtue of the company you keep”. My dad always says, “Tell me who you hang with and Ill tell you who you are”. I live by such words and tend to only associate myself with likeminded people.
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