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Meet Jesse Dvorak

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jesse Dvorak.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
For decades I wandered through the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, and dusky desert to finally arrive in Los Angeles 8 years ago, where I began my filmmaking career and was reborn as a music artist.

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?
I don’t think I know the meaning of smooth road. I tend to be pretty hard on myself while having strong ambitions.

There’s a certain vein of life I seem to be riding that never wants to be too far removed from at least a little pang of suffering though…

It keeps things real.

Not that we need to seek suffering at all, but I have no desire to live a form of life that is all luxury and ease.

I have now directed two indie feature films with micro-budgets and self-produced quite a few songs. It’s kind of insane how good things have turned out considering the resources available, but I believe if you invite challenge (even pain) as part of the process, you’ll be rewarded regardless of how good the end result ends up.

That thin line between pain and joy probably can’t be lived on all the time, but we have to ride it here and there. It can feel brutal, confusing, exhausting, but it’s wise to embrace it so that there is growth and a certain alive-ness to experience.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a filmmaker and a music artist.

I do a little photography as well.

I have directed two feature films:

“LOST ANGELES” & “Baby, Don’t Cry” which are currently making festival runs and will likely find distribution next year.

I put out gothic country music under the name BLOOD NEBRASKA.

A music video and new EP are on the way soon.

I typically try to just let my work speak for itself, but if I were to try to pinpoint what I think sets my work apart is a raw truth that intersects with gentle poetry.

I tend to put more explicit words to it through my songs, and with my films it’s more of a visual intimacy that implies more to the story and universe than what’s seen.

Gestalt.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
I have no idea how to build or operate a hot air balloon.

Is that surprising?

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