We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacob Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacob, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
With every artistic and creative field there is going to be risk involved. Then factor in the hundreds of thousands of people that are trying to do the exact same thing as you, and it comes off as almost impossible. Trying to get into the professional, creative world is like standing outside an exclusive club with almost no way in, but what I’ve learned is that you never know until you take that first leap. Who knows, you could end up going into a coffee shop and meeting someone who knows someone, who knows another person and boom! You’re in. Risk taking for me has turned out to be a mix of wins and losses, like it does for everyone. Although, I’m not ashamed or regretful of these risks. Taking the chance to move to San Diego 4 years ago was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. Due to this gamble, I’ve grown exponentially as a person, and as a creative. Taking risks is essential for success in any creative industry, and to be honest, I wish I’d taken more. Although, I’m excited for the future, and am planning on improving the parts of my life that hold me back from my true passion of filmmaking.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
To be honest, I’m not where I want to be yet. Over the past 3 years or so, I’ve mainly been doing freelance photography, music videos and corporate video production. My heart lies in filmmaking and cinematography. Over the years, I’ve never really taken the time to do what I wanted to do as an artist. I was mainly focusing on school, my part time videography job and the work we were doing at 24 Frames when I was with them. I can definitely say that my videography and camera skills have improved exponentially over the past year, and my attention to detail is more finite. The road to progression was very time consuming. If there’s anything I’ve learned when it comes to improving yourself, it’s repetition. After doing over 10 music videos, a few interviews, and countless photoshoots, I just started to see an improvement in my work. This realization was almost unnoticed because I was so deep in the workflow. Although when it comes to filmmaking, I’m at the beginners level, but I won’t be for long. I’m currently working on a documentary with a friend that will be coming out later this year, as well as other individual projects and endeavors. What separates me from everyone else is emotion. With composition, colors, lighting, and all other aspects of mise-en-scene, I strive to make the audience feel something. Although, I’m still finding myself, being so young in my career I have a long way to go and much to learn. Change is bound to happen, and I will greet it with open arms.
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?
San Diego is quite the paradise. Me not having a car definitely makes it hard to get around places, but having friends helps with that. One of my favorite places to go is Mt. Helix. It’s such a unique area and at night, it’s a sight to see. You’re above the city lights and can even see a morsel of Tijuana. Whenever I go there, I have a moment of nostalgia and appreciation for the city. COVID has made it more difficult to go places, but it seems things are getting better as 2021 goes on. Windansea Beach is also one of my favorite spots. It’s more of a secluded beach and is a great place to have a private get together. Then there’s the popular Sunset Cliffs and Downtown San Diego which are always filled with life. Lastly, one of my favorite things to do is a have a bonfire at Mission Beach. There’s just something about sitting around the fire enjoying the company of the people you love. It really makes you appreciate the smaller things in life.
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?
Encouragement and love is essential for a creative to grow, but with that, you also need honesty. Without honest critique from your peers, it’s very hard for you to improve on your work. I would not be who I am today without the founders of “24 frames”, a multimedia production company based out of San Diego, CA. The two founders, Evan Crossing and Brandon Nash, helped me see my faults, my weaknesses and my strengths. Without them, I would probably be in a creative stalemate. Evan and Brandon had a very unique and brutally honest way of collaborating. If it wasn’t good, they would tell you straight to your face. This can come off as harsh to some, but I really appreciated it. Yes I would get annoyed sometimes, but when they gave positive feedback I knew they meant it. Without them, I really don’t think I would have the confidence or drive to continue pursuing a creative career. I still have a lot of things to work on as a person and as an artist, but they gave me a good foundation to fall back on if needed. For that I really appreciate them and will forever support their creative endeavors. IG: @24frames__