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Meet Jarriesse Blackmon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jarriesse Blackmon.

Hi Jarriesse, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Grew up fascinated with and participating in film/theatre. Grew apart from the process around high school as I decided to choose sports (basketball) instead. Basketball leads me to UC Santa Barbara, where my love for film started to manifest itself again. Was lucky enough to have a few very good people in my corner who welcomed me into their homes in Los Angeles, which allowed me to make the transition into film after college. Began writing and producing with a few friends as well as picking up consistent work as a productions assistant/associate producer on tv. Have been moving forward with creating projects and working on sets since.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Nothing is easy right away. I was crashing on a couch for a while as I gathered myself. Couldn’t find work in film with the pandemic so I had to create opportunities for myself and take what I could get. Things can happen so fast, though, and I have been blessed to move more consistently as of late. I still haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of what I can truly accomplish in this industry. But I can’t wait to keep pushing.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I aspire to become an all around creative threat in the film industry. From writing to directing, to producing, etc… I’m mostly writing and producing projects with friends in my off time from set while I work as a director’s assistant and set PA. I’m most proud of the progress I’ve personally made from where I began a year ago to this point. It’s been up and down of course, but I’m steadily growing and getting better. I think what sets me apart from others is that I have great creative intuition. My ability to create concepts based on how I feel about the content presented separates me from the pack, I believe. And that’s important in this industry. Knowing what works and what doesn’t; what the people would love to see on screen and what makes a story great.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
I’m an easygoing/goofy guy but am extremely critical when it comes to my work. I feel as though I’m constantly at war with my mind, which is for better and worse. I’m continually tweaking and twisting projects to make them better, even rewriting completely before I even finish the first draft. To me, it’s so important to keep fine-tuning your work as you create so that you can have the best FIRST version of your projects. First impressions are everything.

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