Jesse D. Hunt
Jesse D. Hunt is a freelance director of photography and filmmaker. He is very passionate and continuously discovers his love and strengths for his craft. Despite having certain circumstances with his health and business, he perseveres and utilizes the quiet time in his career to really develop and prepare his skills to be ready when the huge opportunity strikes.
What to expect
- Inherited traits
- Not finding passion at school
- Dropping out
- The Shift
- Creative is collaborative
- Launching his business
- Prioritizing your passion
- Youtube as business
- Utilizing videos
- Social media is fake
- Being true to yourself
Growth as an artist
Jesse shares that it was not ‘love at first sight‘. Even though his parents said that his shots were great even at a young age, Jesse didn’t find his passion for his art at broadcast school. It wasn’t until he was invited to work as a PA on a set making a documentary. When Jesse saw the hustle of the professional people working and getting creative on the set, he told himself that there was ‘more possibility’ than what he can realize.
Focusing on his Art
Jesse D. Hunt shares that despite launching his business Cycle Productions was a success, he wanted to concentrate more on being creative. That is the reason why he had to take it down and partner with a company where he accepts freelance projects. Jesse considers this as an eye-opening moment where he realized how important it is for him to make sure he is developing not just as an entrepreneur but also as an artist.
Advice to Creatives
Jesse exclaims that even though social media is a great way to connect people and provide opportunities for everyone, sometimes it’s fake. He reiterates that people should not try to pretend to be who they are and do what they do just to look good online. We should not look down on ourselves just because we are not doing what our idols do because not all of it is real.
- “I didn’t find passion into being a creative while I was in school.”
- “If I do not see something appealing to me I’m not interested. It’s about the experience.”
- “As a creative, you have to work with other creatives; it’s a collaboration.”
- “You may not be doing the job you want right now but that’s no excuse, you need to be better.”
- “I’m utilizing this down time that I have to learn more to experience more.”
- “I’m using this time to reflect and learn what I want to do and be who I want to be as a filmmaker.”
- “I got busy and overwhelmed with the business that I wasn’t progressing as a creative.”
- “Creative people have big egos. This time has taught me to be humble and work hard.”
- “Video is the way of the future.”
- “Don’t try to fake who you are and what you do on social media.”
- “The majority of people you idolize are just like you.”
- “Don’t look down upon yourself just because you’re not doing what your idol does because not all of it is real.”
Stay true to yourself because eventually you’ll figure out what you want to do and you’ll be good at it, you’ll be successful, and the people who matter will be there to see it.