We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonathan Dassonville and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonathan, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
I have read that quote 15 years ago, in a time where life wasn’t always a bed of roses. I was looking for purposes, meanings, a call for action, and I bumped onto that :
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive” From Jospeh Campbell, the power of Myth.
It touched my heart, I naively thought that was written for me. (that was obviously a translation in french). I didn’t know at that time who Joseph Campbell was, And came to my mind, “stop seeking, stop thinking, just do. Take that leap of faith”
Years Later, I moved from France to LA, to become a filmmaker. I studied at UCLA, and along my journey, Joseph Campbell reappeared in my life. The Hero’s journey & the monomyth the call for action …a vibration, a vision to expend your conscience.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Well, I have traveled the world, for almost 15 years, looking for meanings, purposes, lessons, answers, probably for myself 🙂 I studied French law, I am also an engineer in IT, a photographer/Filmmaker, graduated from UCLA, I made films in LA, Learned Energy and Ho’oponopono in Hawaii …
I discovered along my journey that I had artistic abilities, intuition, and a profound will to create. I believe I am a late bloomer, It always took me longer to learn, I am a dreamer, kinda stuck in another realm, observing and contemplating. and I found a vision. I received it, my directions, and why I was doing it. Being able to create content (vidéos/photos) and understanding humans, create emotions/feelings & being a Reiki Master …
So I thought that I should talk about my feelings, help others to overcome a situation, nourish their emotions, conquest crisis, and feel the rapture to be alive … coach people, teach them how you organize their thoughts and their life, put some value on their human capacities, and watch them grow.
The easy part was the energy side while being alive I felt a huge amount of good energy, to work & accomplish tasks like a champ’. Now on the other side, being resilient like the phoenix, reborn from ashes, plunge into the abyss, then rebirth is the most challenging part of life. I went through a lot of transformations, and for real it expands your consciousness each time, like the hero of my own journey.
I always wanted to save the world, but I think it comes from inside, starting with myself, and then others. I help people to get aligned, grounded/rooted with a vision. With some bumps on the road, my job is to help them to recenter, muscle up that mindset, observe fears, beliefs and go beyond the obstacle.
If you feel like you have a gut feeling, you are ‘kinda shaky’, your mouth is dry, thoughts are flowing in your mind, and you don’t wanna go towards your dreams because you are simply scared, that is the green light, then you will pass that threshold and you can eventually feel the rapture of being alive.
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 thoughts would be the bring my best friend to an elevated place where you can find an overview of Los Angeles. I would take him to the Hollywood sign, you have to say ‘hello’ when you just arrive in Southern California, try to see it from a few perspectives, then (because it is so close) walk to the Griffith observatory. Magical & cinematic place of science, where at night you have an amazing view over LA. Unique.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Along my journey, there’s one man that inspired me to the bone by his kindness, his potential and his heart. Let me tell you How I met Noah F. Madril, Actor/Producer LA based.
At the time, I was directing (actually in pre-production) my second short film in the US and we were looking for a villain/Gangster kinda scary, weird and unpredictable character … so we started to cast for that position. During the afternoon, we met few characters, that was okay, interesting but not convinced by anyone.
Me and the producer were about to warp, when an “unattended” name popped up on the list, that was him.
Honestly, I was exhausted, not really ready another half an hour of directions, but I was like “Alright, surprise us!”.
And he blew my mind, he came prepared, with accessories, he knew his lines and blasted the weirdest scary and
unpredictable that we were expecting with a fresh energy, UNIQUE.
No doubt, this is our guy! of course he was amazing on set then. He inspired me so much, that I wrote a pilot based on that weirdness, gruesome character that he embodied perfectly. I needed a favor for another project, he came for free with the smile, and with real intentions to rock on set, and do the extra miles whatever he was asked in terms of directions.
It became special, because I truly believed I found my avatar. The retranscription of my thoughts and artistic intentions were always on point.
When between two humans there’s an heart to heart connection you can create magic, and I am so grateful for that, it was a kickstart for my career and credibility among my pairs and reciprocity for both of us I suppose. I grew so much from that.
I m honored and blessed to cross Noah F. Madril’s path, and to count him as a friend.
Of course I could have named books, that changed my point of view, my family who are always behind my back and support my vision no matter what, but in terms of growth and inspiration aligned with my passion and my vision, he holds a particular place!
ECTQ, pictures on set Noah F. Madril, at Hollywood Now Films Festival Odysée Gallery, North of France, Lille Stairway to heaven