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

Hi Jonathan, 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?
The truth is, if success is something you are after, you never give up you simply just change your approach and adapt. Especially within the creative realm when so much is regulated by our “inspiration”. It is important to find other new and creative approaches to staying and remaining inspired. Obstacles are simply part of our process in art. The last large obstacle I faced was on the Set of Clowning. It was a Thursday and we showed up to our studio location to film early in the morning only to see a forest fire on the hill directly behind it. Obviously we had to cancel the shoot location that day. However we moved some things around in the schedule last minute and we were able to shoot some other scenes. The scenes we ended up shooting that day became some of the most powerful moments in the whole movie “Clowning”.

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 think what sets me apart form others is the way in which I see the world, the way in which I am able to work within the world creatively all while maintaining inspired from everything around me. Whether its a falling leaf or acting in a scene across from Mike Starr. A few lessons Ive learned along the way is “Done is better than Perfect”. I believe it is far better to create something that does not reach the standards of perfection opposed to not creating something at all. If you go out and shoot a scene it may not turn out as you had planned. But through that process you will learn a lot for the next scene you are going to go shoot. Each moment adding another building block to your overall final product.

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.
Well my family came out while we were shooting the feature film “Clowning” I took them on set and even got one of them a featured extra part in an interrogation scene. Coming to a city such as Los Angeles that is synonymous with film work it was cool to get to cultivate that experience for them. Also Venice Beach is a super rad spot for out of towners, and one of my all time favorite spots is Topanga state park. Wonderful hiking great views and a cool little swimming hole at the end of the trail. I actually produced a music video there and it was beautiful.

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?
Well first I want to shout out God because thats everything, my mom and also my creative partner and friend p.m.Lipscomb. Picture Remedy production company and the movie “Clowning”.

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