We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonric Watts and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonric, what inspires you?
Mostly my life experiences.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a set designer and a photographer. But, to be honest, most of the time as a set designer I’m actually more like a coordinator. Following treatment or script, coordinating each team and crew to make something happen. It’s always fun, but I’m not excited as I was before. Sometimes you have a good idea to present, but a good idea may cost a lot more, so my job turns to fight for budget and schedule rather than designing. Therefore, I started to explore photography. I’m not a talkative person, taking photos is a way to express my feeling to the world, to the people surrounding me. The second you press the shutter, time froze. The moment you captured is forever, it’s not going anywhere.
It’s not an easy way to get to where I’m today. It took me so long to understand myself, my goal, and what I’m capable of. After the good times and bad times, I found out the way to overcome challenges is DON’T RUN FROM IT. You must understand that challenges = opportunities, there’s a long line of challengers waiting behind you.
I’m recently developing a studio with a few talented people. Our studio is aiming to be a creative consultant, photography, filming, and art corporation.
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.
Rosebowl flea market is a must-go, and long beach flea market is also a good one. For a week-long trip, I would take them somewhere even I haven’t been to. What makes me excited about the trip is you never know what would happen, what is waiting for you to experience. No such thing is better than exploring the new world with a bunch of friends and family.
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?
My father will be the one who deserves more than just a little credit in my story. I have realized very late how important he was to building my life. He’s the superstar that I look up to for encouragement. He’s also the mentor who guided me all through my childhood.
What I’m today is all because of his motivation throughout my life.