We had the good fortune of connecting with Jon Tilghman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jon, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
Reading. I was never one to read until after highschool. My vision would blur as my imagination pushed through my eyelids whenever a book was placed in front of me. A gear must have fallen into place because I now love reading. How else can you learn from the top professionals, creatives, and entrepreneurs? Reading would have to be among the most valuable habits I have developed.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
One thing that may set me apart from others with my photography and films would have to be that I am not interested in making things perfect; I am more into the feeling. Sometimes the imperfect shot is the one that most communicates who that person is or what their story is. I love that candid feeling. When you can mix that feeling with good execution, you have something special.
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?
If my best friend was visiting me in San Diego, I would immediately go to what used to be Alberto’s in downtown Carlsbad (yes, the one that use to use racoon meat). It’s since become a new establishment, but the burritos seem to taste the same, so we’re all good. A high-level itinerary would be as follows. – Beach – Ride motorcycles up and down the PCH – Get dinner at Camp Fire, my favorite restaurant – Visit the Carlsbad Speakeasy – Hangout with a larger group of friends – Drive out to the desert to shoot some guns or maybe head out to Iron Sights – Go to a secret powerlifting garage in Oceanside. Nothing too crazy.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Apart from my wife and my family, who support me with the same consistency as my breath, I would have to show some love to Donald Miller and Chris Do. Sorry, I couldn’t boil it down to one shout out. Donald Miller’s book “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” was recommended to me several years back and it really puts things in perspective. The book is about living a great story–an exciting story, one people would like to watch in movie form. Are you making memories or are you making a routine? Chris Do would need to be another shout out because, although I am not a designer, Chris has produced so much value to the creative person looking to make a living. Chris has lead me to helpful books, he has taught me (through his content) to be more confident, and I have made more money from listening to him than anyone else.
Photography/Editor: Jon Tilghman