We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonathan Rowan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonathan, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking has played a whole role in my film career as it has lead me 3,000 miles away from my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky to Los Angeles, California. Being a dreamer is risky in itself. Nothing happens without a solid plan of action. You have to take leaps of faith to accomplish your goals. Creating your own path is a risk well served. And if you really want to live your dreams bad enough, speak things into existence and make your objectives your reality.
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.
As a creative, I use my art as a tool of change through inclusion as I explores narratives from the perspective of underrepresented groups. I am the voice of my generation as I push to give the voiceless a major spotlight and platform. Representation is important and I exemplify that importance as a storyteller and filmmaker. I have reached the level I’m at today through hard-work and perseverance. I don’t let obstacles stop me but rather use them to sharpen my skillset and overall drive. Nothing in life is easy but if you really want to make a difference, its up to you to create your own destiny.
The lessons I’ve learned along the way is to never give up. No matter how hard or how tired you may be. Success is just around the corner as long as you keep pushing forward. What I want the world to know about my brand and story is that it’s never too late to create the person and career you want. You can give up or you can get up, it all starts or end with you. Spread your wings to the sky, take the leap of faith and you will fly.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Los Angeles, the best place to take someone is to the beach. It can be calming and therapeutic. The coast line is beautiful and one of the best things about living in California. The food is also so diverse and you could find almost anything here. Pre-pandemic, I have enjoyed the West Hollywood and DTLA nightlife. Its definitely always something to do in LA and I love taking others to the special places I’ve found while living here.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I first want to shoutout GOD! Without him, none of this would even be possible. He makes a way of out of no way and will grant you the desires of your heart as long as you lean on him and not to your own understanding. My earthly thanks goes to my mother, Mary Minor. She has sacrificed so much for me to have a better life and opportunities that weren’t available to her. Growing up in a single parent household, my mother instilled moral character, principles, values, and the importance of having vision & achieving your goals.
I also want to shoutout my mentors Michael Mimms and Skinner Myers! Because of you both, I’ve learned so much on this film journey from the beginning in undergrad at NKU to graduate film school at LMU. I give thanks to the push and encouragement you both continue to give and the importance of mentoring another young black male creative. Special shoutouts to Whitley Dubose, my day one collaborator, Michelle Amor and Maggie Murphy, my LMU professors/biggest supporters. You three have been in my corner from day one, supporting, spotlighting and pushing for my growth in this industry. I could never not thank any one of you enough.
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