We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacob Cross and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jacob, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My wife and I decided to start our own business so that we’d have the flexibility to set our own schedule and be able to work on the things that interested us.

Running our own business also challenges us to learn new things constantly, which is something we both enjoy. No two days are the same, and things are constantly evolving.

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 name is Jacob Cross and I am the owner of Cross & Co. Studios LLC, a boutique digital agency specializing in video production, product photography, and website/software development. I started this business in 2017 with my girlfriend, now wife, documenting weddings and doing some commercial work. Now almost 5 years later we have worked for multiple billion dollar companies helping them document their stories, create marketing campaigns, and product development pieces. One of the most challenging things I have gone through while building this business is starting it so young. I started the business at 18 years old, and two months into college I decided to drop out because I couldn’t give 100% of my time to the business and I knew it had so much potential. I knew if I focussed all my attention on it that it could be successful. It was a big risk to take the leap and drop out of school. There were a lot of people around me who thought it wasn’t a good idea to focus solely on the business and not go to school. But I worked hard, worked nights, early mornings, and weekends, and proved those people wrong. Now five years later I can look back and say it was the best decision I ever made.

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.
I currently live in Oceanside with my wife and son, and we spend a lot of our spare time at the beach. We love to walk down the Carlsbad Village boardwalk, stop for coffee and snacks, and play on the beach for a while. Some of our favorite coffee places are Vinaka Cafe and Revolution Roasters. When we have friends come to stay we love taking them to our favorite restaurants like Las Olas, Handels Ice Cream, and Daily News Cafe. When we are really feeling adventurous we love to take all the kids to Legoland or SeaWorld for a fun outing.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The list of people that have molded me into the person I am today is extensive. Whether it be my father that demonstrated what hard work and commitment looks like, or my grandfather who taught me that every problem has a solution.

I’d even argue that I’ve learned something from every single person in my life.

Website: https://www.crossandcostudios.com

Instagram: @crossandcostudios

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacob-cross-38a89654/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crossandcostudios/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs1dwScnNXtyl2C47om7xOg

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