We had the good fortune of connecting with JJ Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi JJ, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Before I started my career as a filmmaker and photographer, I was sitting comfortable in a 9-5 with a 401k and a livable salary. But I was young and knew there was more out there for me if I was willing to take a risk. So I sold most of my belongings, left my job and moved to California. It turns out this wasn’t even my biggest risk in the long run, but prepared me to be open to taking more and more risks which eventually lead to more success in the industry.

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.
My art was created out of a strong desire to get my story as a young black man overcoming incredible odds to the world. This is because I realized at a young age there was not many positive stories about us in the media. So through my craft I’ve been able to give voice to those who are often times silenced in the media and do it in a way that brings light+life to their story.

Going from being a sole proprietor to building a successful 6-figure business was not easy and I had many trials, but I simply refuse to give up even when it gets hard. Whenever I reach a roadblock, it always forces me to dig deeper, listen to my intuition, strengthen my self awareness and tap into my vast resources I’ve built up over the last 10 years.

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.
If someone was coming to visit me in Oakland, I would take them to my local taqueria to grab burritos then we would walk around Lake Merritt. Then I would take them on a hike in the Redwood Park. If it is the first friday of the month when they are in town I would take them to First Fridays which is a guaranteed good time. I would also take them to the Oakland Museum for some live music and culture.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate a shoutout to Wendy Levy for giving me my first shot as a filmmaker and the space to create freely and build a solid foundation in the industry.

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