We had the good fortune of connecting with Jimmy V Page and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jimmy, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Go back with me about 10 years, as a 26-year-old me lowers the back seats of my Honda Fit, because I’m about to sleep in my trunk. Fast forward about a year, I got some money saved up, some gigs lined up, and some people are starting to notice my work. But I’m couch surfing, calling up friend after friend to let me just sleep for the night, in some cases two nights. Meanwhile, all of my film gear is in my car and I nightly have to wake myself up constantly to check out the window that nobody is breaking into my car.
At 35, life hasn’t really gotten much easier. The bills stay the same, the weather does too. Its hard sometimes to tell whether or not you’re moving forward or standing still. Now throw in a pandemic, where all in one fell swoop we didnt all just lose our jobs, and in some cases our livelihood, but also our distractions. Suddenly you were face to face with yourself, flaws and all. And speaking for myself, I didn’t really like what I saw. I wanted to give up; sometimes I felt like I was, even. But I think what made the difference between giving up and keeping going is understanding the difference between these two things: Power. And Control.
Though they may seem similar at first glance, through my experiences, and helping out those who have gone through similar, I have come to learn that Power and Control are, in fact, almost opposites because one, is real, and the other is an illusion.
To understand where your “power” comes from, you have to first let go of trying to control. Controlling other people, outcomes, fortune, the universe. You don’t have control over those things and you never will. But within you, lies power. The power to do right by others, to grow, learn, influence change, to better yourself. You have power over those things.
So to answer your question, in the long run, I feel like Power is real. There is something inside of you that makes you special, that burns, that fuels you. Once you find that, I feel like in times where you’ve lost “control,” or where you feel like giving up, let your power be your North Star and guide you through. That is the difference between giving up and pressing on, is knowing you have to power to do so. And relinquishing control, is what truly sets you free.
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.
Every since I was a kid, like 7 or so, I loved dance. It was as a part of me as breathing. As I grew up and discovered photography, then film and cinematography. With only one school on my mind, USC Film, I applied, got in on a Full Ride, and what came next nothing could have prepared me for: real life. But what was always something I found I had that few people did, was rhythm. There’s a rhythm and a nuance to dance that I discovered would make its way into my film. The natural progression was finally music videos where I think I discovered my true calling. The perfect synergy of dance and film, and music was the glue. Challenging to say the least was finding out how to really go about sharpening both my craft of dance and my craft of filmmaking. Needless to say the circles do not mesh well together for the most part. But then I realized, after a few failed attempts and near-misses, that I could forge my own path and go seek out mentors who did similar things as I was doing. They helped me identify my voice, my passions, and my brand. They taught me that if you’re gonna say something, make sure, even if people aren’t listening, that its something worth listening to. How to walk that fine line between marketable and memorable is always going to be the struggle of any would-be director, artist, choreographer, singer, I mean, the list is infinite but learning to be adaptable, to let go of trying to be anyone but yourself, you can become true to yourself. 10 Years into Los Angeles, and I’m still learning that but, thanks to having grace for myself, a beautiful network of friends, and lots and lots of therapy, I can safely say I have made an impact on people. And that, in and of itself, is why I do what I do. To connect.
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?
Oh gosh! I mean, what’s ANY itinerary without a bit of Karaoke?! (I can hear my friends laughing now). Of course, since it’s Los Angeles, you dont really have to worry about the weather. And that’s fine with me. But in the Spring time, we would HAVE to visit the Antelope Valley poppy fields. I went last year by myself for the first time and was really swept away. For food, look no further than Sugar Fish (if we’re feeling bougie) or Koreatown for some good old fashioned KBBQ. I would say street tacos but those are everywhere and I don’t you to think I’m basic! Drinks? I mean West Hollywood is always a good time but lately I’ve been really finding comfort and expression at a good old-fashioned family kick-back. You know the kind? Where you just all get together in a backyard, with the garage door open, music blaring from someone’s bluetooth and the grill going. Lately that has been my kind of get together. Connecting with family, friends, and beyond is really what we are on this earth to do and nothing showed me more of how much I miss that than the pandemic.
So yes, maybe you could find lots to do if they googled “What to do in Los Angeles,” and fill up your itinerary that way, but if they want to leave with a full heart, I gotchu.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to shoutout my 12th Grade AP English Teacher, Mr. Gasparovic. Who taught me that I should never, ever, apologize for being myself and to never, ever give up.