We had the good fortune of connecting with RICARDO JATTAN and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi RICARDO, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Creating. I’m visual, I’m always designing, always in my head. If I’m not designing for a job…I’m cooking, building, creating art, landscaping… That’s what feeds me. Always has.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My career started with an interview in NYC the day before Christmas almost 30 years ago. That day I met Kurt Lundell. He became my mentor and showed me how to become a production designer. I was incredibly lucky, and I never looked back. I’m a very visual person so having the job of designing the look and feel of films, tv shows & commercials, the sets, props… has been a dream job. It’s never easy because with art and commercials and films there are always a lot of politics, changes so you have to be very diplomatic, resourceful, think quick, and be able to manage your crew of prop people, painters, construction crew…
What I want people to know? I love what I do. Every job presents different challenges, and I’m passionate about every job I work on.
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?
When my friends come to visit it always starts with a dinner at my place. I usually take them to the top of Corral Canyon for a hike. It’s an amazing spot. My favorites places to eat are Saddle Peak Lodge, Bui Sushi, and breakfast at the Old Place.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to my mentor Kurt Lundell and Diane McArter. Without them, I would not have had a chance in this business. And also to NiNi Than & Melissa McClintock. NiNi’s a brilliant designer and we have worked together for 20 years. And Melissa McClintock understands how I think, how I work, and she always brings it all together. I am grateful for all of them.