Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Travis.
Jason, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA. I was always drawing as a kid. I eventually took every available art course in high school until they created new courses for me. I received a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design from the Ernest G. Welch School of Design. My dad gave me a DSLR camera as a graduation present, and I began shooting personal projects immediately.
I’m a photographer, designer, videographer, illustrator, and musician. My time spent working with design influences my photographs, and my love of illustration influences my design. My love of music and art influence how I spend my day to day life. It all goes hand in hand. I try to keep an open mind and approach every project with a fresh pair of eyes.
Creating gives me the means to express a wide array of emotions and ideas. Its an endless exploration. I moved to Los Angeles three years ago and had been working professionally in the creative field for over a decade. I’m constantly seeking to inspire innovation and break some rules, both personally and commercially.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t think a smooth road exists. I’m always pushing myself to be better than yesterday, and that’s a challenge. Initially, after college, making a living as a creative was a challenge.
Then, when you overcome that challenge, new challenges find you. Overall, the more that time goes by, the more you figure out a path that works for you. Moving was difficult and brought new challenges, but the accomplishments have been greater. I’ve always wanted this life and have never given up.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I’ve worn a lot of hats in my career. I specialize in photography these days which utilizes other skills and experiences I’ve acquired. I work on photo shoots of all sizes which means I often am the stylist on set, as well as the art director, and so on. That and my design background sets me apart. I bring a detailed eye to everything I do. I’ve had a lot of highlights and been very thankful for all of them.
My Persona series, which I started right out of college and features over 500 individuals from all walks of life, has been featured by CNN, USA Today, Yahoo, and I’ve appeared multiple times on HLN. A few years ago, I was published in the book Things Organized Neatly. Last year, I was part of a team that set a Guinness World Record at The Rose Bowl by displaying over 12,000 neatly organized items.
I’ve had the pleasure to work with some of the most talented photographers, illustrators, and designers out there. I’ve been able to investigate, discover, document, explore, travel, and work on some very exciting projects that have shaped me as a person and I consider the journey itself to be a highlight.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I’ve had a lot of highlights and special moments in my career. I have to say the proudest moment is a series of moments. It’s every time I work on personal projects. Writing and recording music, photographing subjects for a new photo series or drawing just for the fun of it.
Working with friends, clients, and others is amazing, but personal projects will always bring me joy. I’m so proud I live in a world where I also have the opportunity to brainstorm ideas and make them a reality. I don’t think I would survive otherwise.
- Website: www.jasontravisphoto.com / www.jasontravisdesign.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/jtrav
- Twitter: twitter.com/MrJasonTravis
- Other: www.jasontravisphoto.tumblr.com