We had the good fortune of connecting with Jovon Roberts and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jovon, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When it comes to taking risk your journey as and business owner, I feel it’s the only real way to assure growth. Whether you fail, or succeed, lessons learned, will help you to build knowledge to apply in the future. In my world, risk taking is more so going out of your comfort zone creatively or physically in hopes for a more well rounded project.
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 is inspired by film and television. As a child, I grew up knowing that one day I would grace movie screens and televisions all over the world.
My dream was to be an actor. The bright lights, the stage, the near invisible audience due to low light. I loved it. The stress, the anxiety, the excitement. Every bit of it. Today you can see that love reflected through the expression shown through my art.
After serving for years in the US Air Force I came back home with a new lease on life, ready to try something I had never done before. I didn’t know what it was, but a friend of mine was a videographer locally and it appealed to me. I could make movies I thought. Shortly after realizing that I bought my first camera for $250, and started shooting water bottles in my house as practice because I was too scared to shoot actual people, in fear that they wouldn’t like the photos I had taken.
I started taking photos of my friends shortly after, and as my skills grew technically, I started to experiment creatively with my inner vision. I set out to capture emotion through my subjects, to tell stories.
I would say in the beginning that it was a lot easier, in the sense that it was more carefree and there was nothing on the line. Next, I started to Gain clientele and start charging actual money for pressing a button. Can you believe that? I couldn’t. It was literally the last thing on my mind. I could make a living from taking photos of people if I did it right.
As a photographer the battles I fight are mostly internal whether it’s performance anxiety or any other mental restriction that can hold you back. I learned over time how to communicate with my subjects, and work with them collaboratively to create amazing images.
The relationship that is built between you and your subjects are vastly more important than pressing the button on the camera I believe. If there was anything that I would want people to know about me and my brand: JoVisual Studios, it’s that there’s more than meets the eye.
I my most proudest moment so far, since I’ve picked up my camera, would be shooting the cast of the Netflix TV series: The Outer Banks. It really put my work on the world stage. I’d have to think my friend, Actress, Madison Bailey, for giving me the opportunity and even thinking of me when it arose. I will appreciate her forever.
I have so many exciting new projects and ideas that I can’t wait for the world to see. I may have a camera in my hand now, but who knows. The next time that we meet, I may be speaking about an acting role, Or how I randomly started painting and selling physical art pieces. You never know with me. I am a fountain of expression that will continue to overflow.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Here in Charleston, South Carolina there are so many things to get into for tourist. Even living here you feel like a tourist as you discover new nooks and crannies throughout the city.
Monday, let’s head Folly Beach. It’s the most popular beach in the area, filled with fun activities, bars, and restaurants you’ll love it.
Tuesday, Let’s grab lunch at Hannibal’s in the east side of Downtown Charleston. It’s one of our last refuge for soul food here in the area. If you don’t know what soul food is, you’ll definitely find out and love every bit of it.
Wednesday, let’s switch it up and head to the Carolina ice Palace. If you have an ice skated before they are braces that are really glorified senior citizen walkers, that can help you keep your balance.
Thursday, we should take a visit to Deco off of King Street. If you ever want to know what Charleston nightlife is really about this is the spot. But let’s not get too wasted OK?
Friday, how does a fancy dinner sound? Hall’s Chophouse has got the food and the aesthetic. Dress sharp.
Saturday, let’s have some more fun and hit Uptown Social. It gets pretty wild in there, but the drink prices are great, and the crowd is usually a blast!
Sunday, quick before you leave let’s stop by the Isle of Palms Beach in Mount Pleasant. I know we may not have much time left but you have to see this view.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The most important Person, Group, organization, or book, in my life is called “Mom”, hahaha. With my Mother i don’t know where id be. From birth til now she’s always been my biggest supporter, but never a “Yes Man”. She will never shy away from lending her opinion or advice. For me to have given someone so many headaches over the years, I must say she’s still got my back 1000%.
Jovon X. Roberts