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

Hi Josh, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I believe the most important factor for me creatively and professionally has been accepting as many jobs as I can in my field. This lead me down a path of new opportunity, new experiences, and more work. Also, equally important, if not more important, is meeting new people (a.k.a. networking). I realized in my line of work, there will always be a need for marketing, content creation, and editing. So, in order for me to find those opportunities I needed to be open to cultivating new relationships and talking about what I do whenever I could.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I would consider my art clean and full of natural color, ready for magazines, print, and the big screen.

I believe what sets me apart from others is my ability to build a rapport and collaborate well with others. I love being able to connect with people on a deeper level while creating art with them.

One of the most difficult things and most rewarding things I’ve done was quitting a well paying job to pursue a career in my creative field. I struggled, survived, and now I’m happy to say I’m thriving in it. With that said, now that I’m getting older with a new perspective on life and my art, I’m most excited for my personal projects that I’ll be starting; music videos, prints, photography books, black & white photography.

When people ask me,

“How did you do that?” or “How do you make it look cinematic?”

I like to joke with them by saying, “I just press the easy button” but it in reality, it’s never been that easy.

Working long hours for very little to no money was tough and living the ‘struggling artist’ life was normal for some time. What kept me going was knowing that if I had no shelter, food, water, or clothing I knew my family back home in the Bay Area and the ones close to me would be there to support me.

A few major lessons I’ve learned over the years (and still practice these days) are:

1. Communicate often with those around you. We’re social creatures and allowing your thoughts to flow in and out of you is important to our relationships and mental health.

2. Be resourceful. From jobs, assignments, projects, and other things you need in life, it’s important to be able to find a way to complete and achieve whatever it is you need to get done.

3. Work fast and efficiently. I believe in any career path you take that involves a deadline, working fast and efficiently will be appreciated by all.

This is how I work and how I live.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If they’re arriving Monday morning…

We visit Cofax Coffee for breakfast. burritos and coffee to start the day. We’ll check out the shops at the farmers market, The Grove, and explore pan pacific park before making it back to my place. We’ll skip lunch because the burritos were huge, but when we make our way to Park La Brea, I’ll show them a view of LA from one of the tower rooftops. For dinner we head to Korea Town and have KBBQ at Baekjong for the best lunch box (kimchi fried rice) in all of LA. After dinner we’ll walk to Woo Hyang Woo for a soju night cap.

Tuesday morning I’ll take them to Verve Coffee Roasters in West Hollywood for a light breakfast to go, and walk through the neighborhood towards the Leica store and gallery. We’ll spend a some time there looking at the new art pieces on the wall and check out a few photo books. Next, I’ll take them to the rooftop at the Kimpton Hotel on Wilshire for lunch. A quiet place to enjoy more views of LA while lounging by the pool. In the evening We’ll grab dollar tacos from Leo’s Tacos at the gas station south of Wilshire on La Brea and Olympic. After dinner we’ll grab a nice drink at a small cocktail den with a noir vibe on Fairfax called Blue Collar.

Wednesday morning we’ll pick up some white claws at Ralphs then breakfast burritos and coffee at Black Dog Coffee. We’ll drive over to Newport Beach in Orange County and rent a couple kayaks and hang out at Back Bay. After a couple hours on the water we head over to Ai Pono Cafe in Costa Mesa for authentic Hawaiian street cuisine. Before we had back to LA we’ll pick up a couple espresso drinks at DayDream Surf Shop on Monrovia in Newport. For dinner we’ll go to Gracias Madre, but we’ll stop by EP & LP for a couple drinks on the rooftop and catch views of the sunset.

Thursday morning we’ll wake up early and watch the sunrise from the Park La Brea rooftops. After that I’ll take them to All Day Baby in the Silver Lake area for an elevated diner experience with amazing coffee. We’ll walk off our food and make our towards Echo Park for our haircut appointments at The Jackal And Hare Barbershop. Before we have lunch, we’ll go to the Santa Monica beach area to do a quick workout under the sun then rinse off. For lunch we’ll stop by Cha Cha Chicken by the beach for an amazing jerk chicken. Since it’s a perfect summer evening, I’ll surprise them and take them to the Griffith Observatory to check out the exhibits, explore the area, and enjoy more views of LA during the sunset. For dinner we’ll go back down to Korea Town and enjoy a quiet dinner and awesome drinks at The Prince.

Friday morning we’ll call in an order for breakfast burritos at Wake And Late, pick those up and enjoy it at the courtyard at the Tilt Coffee Bar. After breakfast I’ll take them to the little Tokyo neighborhood to check out the shops and maybe grab a boba. We’ll walk through DTLA and visit the Grand Central Market, The Broad, Disney Concert Hall, and stop by the Bank of America Center to relax and stretch out on the grass. Before dinner we’ll visit a friend at Death & Co for a drink, then visit another friend next door at Cha Cha Cha LA for dinner on the roof. Chips, guac, tacos and mezcal.

Saturday morning is reserved for the farmers market in Santa Monica. We’ll pick up some coffee at Interstellar and walk through the farmers market and grab some fresh ingredients for our BBQ in the evening. For lunch we’ll stop by the Bungalows and hang out on their patio. Before we head back home we’ll stop by Marconda’s Meats at The Grove for a few steaks and a bottle of wine. We’ll take a dip in the pool late afternoon to cool off and then have some wine and BBQ with our fresh produce for dinner. Since it’s saturday I’ll take them to Thunderbolt in Silver Lake for great music and a couple night cap drinks with some friends.

Sunday brunch at Met Her At A Bar is a MUST. After that we’ll walk to Yoko’s Kitchen and grab a couple matcha strawberry cookies for their flight home. Then we’ll do one last walk through of the area and check out the LACMA/tar pits. Help them pack up and drive them to LAX.

The End.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Education: Academy Of Art University

Weddings/Engagement shoots:
Frankie & Jessica Sanchez
Jeremy & Bridgette Cheng
Anderson & Thais Sanchez
Peter Maggs
Feeras & Nicole Duqmaq
Norman & Jessica Lozano
Taylor & Stephanie Jaskot

Projects & Jobs:
Art DeLorenzo (Maximize Your Talent)
Angelica Bordador (Coffee Master & Starbuck Manager)
Lisa Danae (Singer, Songwriter, & Content Creator)
Allen Agha (@allensjewels)
Gaurav Chawla (Chime)
Mikhail Alfon (BlueLight Agency)
Jeromy Chan (Magician & Content Creator)
David Nguyen (HypeWell Media Agency)
Natasha Dressler (PR & Adorah Collective)
David McClure (ReAmp Studios)
Jake Bushnell ( The Morning Ride Show)
Duddy Bushnell (Feeling Good With Duddy/Dirty Heads)
Kara Duffy (Powerful Ladies Podcast)
Lance Mokuau (LMG & Hero.Says)
Lauren Grey (Caminar)

Creative Friends & Supporters:
Lisa Danae (@lisadanaemusic)
Natasha Dressler (@natashaislegit & @adorahcollective)
Casey & Andy Yamaguma (@caseyyama & @andyviernes)
Ernesto Romero (@moonwalker_media)
Victoria (@VeeBee_Stylin & @JackalAndHare)
Taylor Jaskot (@tjaskot &@vividlifestylerealty)
Martin Toro (@martintorom & @martintorophoto)
Ashton Martin (@ashtonmartinmusic)
Jake Bushnell (@snakebushnell)
Red Page (@redpage)
Anthony Duty (@GentleGiantDigital & @DoubleDoublePlain)
Ashlee Evans Smith (@ashleemma & @sexandviolencewithrebelgirl)
Lance Mokuau (@lancemokuau)

I’m extremely grateful for everyone on this list because they’ve given me the opportunity to learn from them, work with them in some capacity, and have continued to work with them throughout the years. Each of these people deserve a huge shoutout because I would not be where I am today without these relationships. Each opportunity has led to the other and along the way I’ve honed my skills to help the next project I’m a part of.

Website: ocularfiend.com

Instagram: instagram.com/j_sugy

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshsuguitan365/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joshua.suguitan.1

Image Credits
Female Model : Lisa Danaë Male Model : Bryce DelaCroix All photos were taken by me.

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutLA is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.