We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyle Dijamco and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyle, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
Firstly, I chose this question because there is and isnt an end goal. Manifesting a life of directing/producing feature films, music videos, tv shows, and sports documentaries is the “end goal” however as I’ve worked in the film industry, my thought process behind it has changed. Having the ability to wake up everyday and have the chance to create with talented artists is the goal in itself. It is the journey of creating a piece to entertain those that seek to watch my work and upon release day, I’m reminded of the multiple blessings in my life for my career. After reaching a variety of milestones and life experiences, I’ve truly realized that as long as you’re doing something you love you’ve reached the dream. The stress, anxiety, doubts, and fears is what makes us feel alive in the industry because pressure is a blessing. I’ve always believed that.
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.
Beginning out as a videographer and transitioning to a music video director/producer and eventually film is one roller coaster of a journey. I’ve realized that as a videographer you are the main one stop shop for a client. Brainstorm, shoot, edit, color, and spicing up a video must all be in the arsenal for a videographer so it taught me an insane work ethic as a content creator for many artists. I’m extremely excited to have worked on a couple of music videos that are set to come out this year to revitalize my brand and opportunity as a director in the most competitive city in the world, LA. I got here by saying “yes” to everything, and once I built up enough work and assets in my name that I was proud of I began to make a name for myself. It will take a year or 2 before you get paid in what you want to do but that is all a part of the journey.
By focusing on the career aspect, we all live a life separate from work and “easy” was far from describing my journey. As I write these responses, I am still battling challenges everyday of maintaining a strong work ethic and innovative creativity. It’s the directors of Nolan, Spielberg, and Dave Meyers that make me want to become a better director and I know it’ll be a long journey but worth everyday of it.
I’ve learned that anything that is worth having is worth waiting for. Patience, patience, and patience has been the hardest value for me to grasp as I am always a “go, go, go” kind of guy. With having a dream so big, it won’t happen overnight, or 5 years, but by slowly bettering myself everyday with something related to by goal, I know I’ll be closer than I was yesterday.
I want the world to know that you don’t have to have traditional credibility to do what you want in this world. I graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and worked in the field for 2 years. Being 22 and working 50 hours a week in an office, I realized I can’t be doing this for another 45 without seeing the world and trying different things, it’s too big. In college my dream was too small. Now, that patience is a practiced value of mine, couple that with a big dream of mine, I want the world to know that life is all about pivoting. I want to show people that you most likely won’t every finish with what you set your mind out to at 18 and you truly can be anything in this world with the right motivation and work ethic. I did a complete 180 and I want the world to know that with sickening dedication and an appreciation for what you strive to be, there’s no stopping what you can accomplish in your life.
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.
Seeing that all my best friends are from my hometown of LA, it’d be hard to show them new spots but I think it’d go something like this. Wake up at 6:30AM
Trade stocks for about an hour or 2
Work out at 9Am
Grab a nice cold brew at Phil’z Coffee
Head to the iconic In n Out for lunch at noon
On a work day, head to the shoot and show them what life is like on set.
On an off day, head to the beach at Malibu to a secret spot.
Then meet up with friends for a pool party at one of their houses.
For dinner, we’d 1000% grab sushi at Nobu or a hole in the wall in Weho.
Finish off with drinks back at the crib and invite some more close friends chatting it up about our next moves in life. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
If I were to give a shoutout to people or organizations that helped me along the way, the list would go on forever. However, what I can say is a huge thank you to every artist, client, and person that gave me an opportunity to work for them. By constantly having a firm belief in me to execute what I wanted to do for them visually was a leap of faith from all of them. Books such as “The Third Door” and “The Power of Awareness” have helped me immensely lately as I realized that the mental strength of chasing your dreams is the hardest to master.