Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacob Caron.
Jacob, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in the small town of Brewer, Maine. At six years old, I purchased my first camcorder, at a neighbor’s yard sale (with the help of my parents, of course) for $5. It shot on VCR tapes, recorded audio, and came with a case. At the time, this was the greatest thing in the world.
And thus, the journey began.
With my dad behind the camera, my sister and I began acting in our own short films, usually involving some sort of practical effect (i.e., disappearing objects, swapping voices, etc.). As a natural-born performer, my sister was more-than-happy to be in front of the camera, and I soon realized my comfort-zone was behind it.
As time went on, my friends began to gain interest in making movies as well, with “concepts” being predominantly (AKA entirely) action-based, centered on fistfights, chases, and guns. With such classics as “The Takedown; Assignment Arlen; and Fight Scene 2.”
Several years later, at 16 years old, our efforts finally paid off, with an absurdly brutal mafia-film, “Freedom of the Press.” With this ridiculous film, I won a two-week scholarship to the advanced young filmmakers class at the Maine Media Workshop, ultimately cementing my decision to pursue film as a career, not merely a hobby.
I attended Emerson College in Boston, MA, majoring in Cinematography, during which time I met an abundance of incredibly-talented creatives, many of whom I continue to work with to this day. Throughout college, I shot free-to-low-budget concert recap videos, nightclub promos, social ads, and the occasional music video. In the glory-days of the Glidecam, these gigs were perfect for an eager and burgeoning collegiate filmmaker, infatuated with partying, almost as much as I was with moving the camera at a high-speed. The open bars and green rooms were an added bonus.
After graduating in 2017, I packed up and headed west to sunny Los Angeles, CA, beginning the next chapter of an ever-evolving journey.
Has it been a smooth road?
The road has been bumpy, slippery, rocky, and rough, but it has all been worth it. I feel that it’s important to start at the bottom, to really appreciate the opportunities and growth that comes with building a career. You’ll work for free, take horrible rates, pull all-nighters, barely make rent, and sleep on floors, but once your hard work pays off, and you’re staying in that fancy hotel on that cushy travel job for Nike, you’ll look back on those hard times with a sense of gratitude. The competition is fierce, and there is tons of talent out there, but at the core, it’s all about working with other people. If you can do that well, you’re primed for success!
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m a freelance cinematographer/photographer and occasional director. The majority of my work these days is in fashion, documentary, commercial/branded, and music videos, with the occasional narrative piece sprinkled in!
When coming to set, I always try to bring a great attitude, a strong work ethic, and a refined/cinematic style. It’s easy to maintain a good attitude when you’re doing what you love, surrounded by people you love. I’m extremely fortunate and grateful to be doing what I’m doing.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
There’s no place like it in the world. With entertainment being such a dominant industry, you are surrounded with resources, opportunities, and like-minded individuals, ready to collaborate. Not to mention… the weather!
While LA is great, if someone is interested in filmmaking, I’d recommend picking up a camera anywhere they are in the world and experimenting. Nowadays, the tools needed to create videos are accessible virtually everywhere!
- Website: www.jacobcaron.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jacobmcaron/