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Meet Venice Director & Photographer: Ryan Pesecky

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Pesecky.

Ryan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?

I’ve always had a thrill of creating and capturing timeless moments. At a young age, I started creating funny home videos with my Dad and sister. As I got older, I began to shoot more and more around me. I went to college for film school cleaning carpets and delivering pizzas for work to get me through. I started a hardcore band during that time and chased the dream of becoming a Rock Star. After graduating college I decided to make the move to Los Angeles. My cousin Matthew Pollock introduced me to the industry here in LA where I met Jeff Reed, an Art Photographer/Director. He taught me a lot about directing, photography, editing, and color work. As my skills began to grow, I worked on bigger scale jobs. Directing has become one of my most valued skills that I intend to continue developing. Within my six years of living in LA, I have been given the opportunity to work with celebrities and some of the most well known brands. Combining my love for films, photography, and music has made this journey all worth it.

Has it been a smooth road?
With anything worth having or doing there are so many struggles that come along. Success is always moving from one failure to the next with great enthusiasm and learning as much as you can with each mistake. I think failures are the best thing for someone to find themselves and realize what direction they want to go. Just keep making things and stay positive and you will keep getting better and better. I’ve always believed if something isn’t challenging you, move on to the next challenge.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The best moment to me was when my Mom and Dad told me how proud they were of me. They said it was incredible how much I accomplished in so little time moving from Ohio to LA and following my dreams. That was one of the best moments for me because I am very close with my family. I only hope to make them more proud of me with my accomplishments in the years to come.

Every story has ups and downs. What were some of the downs others might not be aware of?
There are so many struggles to overcome in LA. Getting your foot in the door may be one of the toughest challenges. Everyone is willing to do it cheaper and better. Sometimes you have to create your own opportunities. Struggles shape you and make that filet mignon you worked so hard for taste all the better.

Is there something we can do as a city to improve the outlook for professionals like you?
If you want something bad enough you can always make it happen in any city. In LA I am pretty happy with all the opportunities and creative minds that surround me. Most people in LA have paid their dues. Your first year out in LA will be the hardest year of your life, but it will also be the most exciting. Then each year will get a little easier and easier. I hope the older generation in LA keeps passing the knowledge and opportunities onto the hardworking up and comers that deserve it in Los Angeles.

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