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Meet Jaleel Sampay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaleel Sampay.

Jaleel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
As a child, my Uncle and Grandfather used to take me to Universal Studios. The studio tour inspired me due to them showing the behind the scenes aspect of film making. I use to re-watch movies over and over again and memorize lines. This was a type of way I would study the craft. When I reached the end of high school I took up photography.

From there, I appreciated film in a whole new light. I bought my first camera when I got my first job. I would go to LA and just start shooting whatever caught my attention. Going through college I made a choice to major in film, I found my purpose. Ever since then I have improved in my craft and took film and photography seriously. I am currently working on projects that I am fully passionate about. I am able to fully express myself. Overall I have come to the conclusion that I want to create and inspire. My job as a filmmaker is to create content that people could relate to and escape, also show the world what is behind my lens.

Instagram, has been an incredible platform to showcase my work. I’ve been using Instagram the last few years and It’s been great. I take great pleasure in going out and shooting and posting my edited work to Instagram. Over the years I met some amazing and talented artists that continue to inspire me each post I see. Photography has a big community on Instagram and I love being involved.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Having a full time job has been my biggest struggle. All I ever want to do is go out and create. However, balancing work and my craft has been the hardest thing for me. After a long day of work it’s difficult to create while being exhausted. I strive to give my 100% each project I create.

One of my major struggles in this field is an inspiration. I find myself having writer’s block. Which leads to having a lack of motivation. I find in this industry it is difficult for one not to have an obstacle in their way when creating. What I find most helpful in such times is analyzing films/music. I usually gain back inspiration and that is when I get back on my creative process. I feel like being a creator is a very difficult task. I always want people to enjoy my work and feel the same passion as I do. Being a creator is my passion and I will put out quality work that all could enjoy.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Personally, in my own life, the definition of success would be creating art that people can relate to. That is when I know success.

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