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Meet Jared Bishop of Aroy Productions in West Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jared Bishop.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jared. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I moved from Fresno, CA to Los Angeles for college to studying Microbiology. Within a few months of being in school, one day, I found myself asking, “what the hell am I doing here, and why am I studying Microbiology? This isn’t me at all.” It was something I was interested in, but never had a real passion for. Around that time, I was making small youtube skits with two close friends of mine to pass the time, and it was something that I had really enjoyed doing. After consistently replaying my mid-college crisis in my head, not knowing what I wanted to do for a career, and going through stressful social situations, those dumb little youtube skits seemed to be the one thing I’d always go back to at the end of the day. I eventually decided to change my major to film and then transfer to film school where I started to take filmmaking more seriously.

Has it been a smooth road?
Not really, not at all actually. The challenges I had to face were very problematic and borderline bizarre, honestly, if I wasn’t as patient as I am, I would have quit filmmaking a long time ago. Just as a very small example of what I mean, starting out, I only wanted to be a director. Not an actor, not an editor, not a cinematographer, but a director, however, it’s so hard to find anyone that you can rely on (for pretty much anything living in LA) when it comes to helping you as an independent filmmaker. I can’t count the amount of times someone was suppose to show up to a shoot to help, or someone didn’t bring equipment they were suppose to, or even someone who was suppose to act in a scene and couldn’t make it. Because of this, I had to put on all hats in filmmaking. I found myself writing, acting, doing camera work, editing, etc, because it got to a point I was tired of waiting on other people, and having these very reasonable and realistic expectations from them. That being said, there were a lot of things I had to learn/do, not because I wanted to, but because I didn’t have the manpower or resources. I think this is where the “independent”, in “independent filmmaker” really comes from.

Getting to where I am now as a filmmaker was probably one of the hardest and most grueling tasks I have ever had to face, and definitely the most rewarding. Over the past 3 years, I learned a lot through having to adapt and consistently work day and night to gain a new skills. During that process, I ended up falling in love with filmmaking, and falling more in love with having a title as a “cinematographer”. Even now, no matter how hard it gets, I still can’t imagine doing anything else.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Aroy Productions story. Tell us more about the business.
My company is “Aroy Productions”, started about a year ago by my good friend Santino Mcnaughton and I. We specialize in short films, abstract music videos, photography, and marketing. We do very eccentric films that stray away from the norm, we’re known for our very unique writing, cinematography, and editing style. We also work with tons of talented independent artists and musicians around Los Angeles, New York, and Texas, helping expand their brand and social media presence. We work closely with these artists, coming up with shots, treatments, social media marketing strategies, storyboards, etc, so that they can be represented visually every way possible.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In terms of the music industry, I think that there will be a point where music videos will become increasingly important to start a music career. I say this a lot because years ago before everyone and their grandmothers had an iPhone, music videos were a just a luxury, even for bigger artists, they were never a necessity. However, you can even see now, at least for up and coming artists, videos help give an artist an aura of authenticity when it comes to being taken serious, which is very important. Also, videos give fans continuous content to digest, people want to be constantly stimulated by their favorite artists. 10 years from now, videos will be just as necessary to start a music career as the music. The desire for visuals will increase drastically.

For my own company we plan to expand beyond just the few people we have now, becoming an official production company, and outsourcing to collaborate with others that have production companies that started out just like ours. Doing music videos and visuals for the most talented of up-and-coming independent artists, producing our own feature films, television shows, animated series, and also hopefully to be able to collaborate with another big independent entertainment company (like A24) to produce a feature film or two. Maybe then, even shoot for the oscars ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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