We had the good fortune of connecting with Juice Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Juice, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
In order for me to be the best version of me, I had to sit down and envision the highest version of myself, then align with that vision. I meditated on the person I wanted to be and asked myself how does that person live everyday. I came up with a short list of habits that I know practice daily that’s drastically improved my life. I wake up early. No later then 5:30am. I have more energy and can get more things accomplished. There are fewer distractions too. Meditate 15 to 30 minutes every morning. Write down my intentions for the day. I like to attack everyday with a plan. The feeling of accomplishment I have crossing things off my list of things to do is a tiny victory. Read… a lot. I get in a couple books in a month. I also like to read a screenplay a day. Your diet is not what you eat physically, but what I intake mentally. Reading allows me to digest experiences and learn things from different cultures and point of views different from my own. Exercise. I like to get in 5-6 days of exercise in a week. Working out is a stress reliever. Plus I just like to look and feel good about myself. Just the iron, and me it’s a love hate relationship. Mostly love though! Write everyday. I like to spend 3 hours writing on my screenplay everyday. Just build that habit of practice, everyday. Just like how I used to practice when I used to play football… everyday, for hours. Same concept. I get enough sleep and make rest a priority. Being accountable. No matter how things shape up, I make it a habit to take accountability of my day.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Inspired by Toni Morrison and Gordon Parks, my work, whether through painting, photography, or filmmaking explores Black Experiences where characters are victorious. Creating art that gives an escape from the harshness of reality, showing a world I wished existed as opposed to “imitating life”. As an artist I use my art as an illustrative yet journalistic tool, that shocks and inspires people to get up, get out and do something. When I illustrate a new possibility different from what we’re currently experiencing, I bring about change by showing people what could be. By doing this, by showing worlds that could exist, I give us permission to change the status quo. I create untold experiences of blackness, nuanced and complex through stories of resilient characters representing a limitless range of identities, from Kings and Queens to the misunderstood miscreants. I got to where I am professionally today by showing up… everyday. Being disciplined and consistent. Yes, I have talent. Yes I’m good at what I do, but I also work everyday on mastering my craft. It hasn’t been the easiest thing in the world to do there’s certain systems in place to make it hard, but that’s out of my control. However, I can control my effort. I can control how I study and implement what I’ve learned. I control how often I show up. It goes back to me taking accountability for my life. One day I realized that the reason I wasn’t on was looking back at me in the mirror. So I decided I was going to put myself in positions to succeed.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hmmmm if we don’t do nothing else, we gon eat! Let’s see, we have to hit up Red’s Flavor Table. Everyone that’s visited me since I’ve been here, I had to take them there. I love their food, and I’ve been there so much the staff know me by name at this point. Oh and Harriet’s. Man listen, Harriet’s has the best cheesecake I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. If you’re a cheesecake lover, you gotta hit them up. Mr. Fries Man is a cool spot too, but my favorite spot is The Fish Spot. I hate that their doors have closed, but that shrimp pasta ain’t nothing to play with. Their biscuits the shrimp… IYKYK. Okay so, anybody knows me knows I’m truly a homebody and getting me to go out is damn near mission impossible. But some of my favorite spots are Sip and Sonder, Rooftop Cinema Club, (they play some good movies and have a cool vibe. Lowkey a cool lil date spot though) California African American Museum always has a cool exhibit. I can’t skate, but Worlds on Wheels is a good time too. It really just depends on who I’m with cause I’m with whatever and LA has so much to do depending on the time of the year. But of course the beach, but really it just depends cause I be chillin!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Wow, this is such a tough question because there’s so many influences I’d love to show love to but I know if I start naming names I’ll leave some folk out and I just can’t do that, lol. But given one opportunity, I have to shoutout Black Women. “Dipped in chocolate, bronzed in elegance, enameled with grace, toasted with beauty…” The salt of the earth. The prototype. The standard. Man listen, I can show love to Black Women on everyday that ends in ‘y’ and even then that wouldn’t be enough. Too often they don’t get the love and appreciation that they deserve for simply being them and that’s whack to me. But as for me and my house, we gon show Black Women all the love, all the time. So, to the Black Women in my life and all Black Women, THANK YOU. I’ve learned so much just by being in their presence along my journey as an artist and as a man that I’m indebted to you, forever. The way Black Women continue to show up for me, I cannot thank them enough. *raises glass* This one’s for you.
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