We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brian, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
In X2, Magneto looks over at a troubled young mutant named Pyro, who like a lot of us sometimes belittles his own gifts about only being able to control and manipulate fire, not create it. Magneto cooly smiles and quotes to him “You are a God amongst insects. Don’t ever let anyone tell you different.”
That quote always stuck with me, because as an artist you will always encounter people that want to stamp on your dream or put obstacles in your path. So you have two choices, you can either let those negative voices drown out the positive vibes you get from chasing a dream, or go full speed ahead and knock thru anyone in your way.
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.
I have wanted to make movies since as far back as I can remember. I think it all stems from being stuck at home with the chicken pox and after the first week of running out of ways to entertain me my father, threw his hands up and decided it was time to educate me on the movie magic classics i.e: Star Wars trilogy, Indiana Jones, Princess Bride. And I just fell in love with the magic of cinema and the ability to transport audiences on a narrative story in far away worlds and lands to give them the necessary escape from their own lives.
From then on it was simple, I dedicated all my free time to pulling out the household camera and dragging all my neighborhood buddies out to make movies. Knowing from a young age, if I wanted to tell the stories I wanted to act in, I’d have to create them myself and hone being a Director/jack of all trades, on top of being just an Actor. With that mindset I carried on the “run and gun”, “get movies made no matter what” attitude, thru high school and film school. And with that same passion, I was able to break out of the hole of being stuck on the East coast and used that drive to move to beautiful Southern California to start making real steps into this industry.
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?
Definitely have to indoctrinate them in all the classic Mexican food spots to get a true taste of San Diego. Old Town Mexican Cafe (which may in fact have the best shredded Carnitas and homemade tortilla’s I’ve ever eaten,) thanks to my Grandparents for taking me there at a young age. JV’s burritos. Casa De Guadalajara.
Then definitely would have to show them the Scripps Pier area of La Jolla Shores for that true beautiful Cali beach vibes and honestly usually the best surfing/bodysurfing waves you can find without having to venture to North County.
Sunset cliffs (if it’s a romantic visit)
Absolutely love taking people for cocktails to Born and Raised, their interior old timely classic bar vibes are incredible as well as their romantic rooftop view.
Balboa park has gotta be on the list too, especially to the Japanese Friendship Garden.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have a group of like minded creatives that have inspired me over the years and pushed me to expect more from myself, as well all collaborate together on a variety if multi media projects.
My roommate and brother from another mother: Lyric Reddick.
My action hero: Jayce Venditti
My scene partner: Luke Persiani
Dannie Snyder: my real world Indiana Jones.
Greatest cinematographer I have ever had the pleasure of working with: Scott Jeschke.
Clark Monroe, Vanessa Silva