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Meet Jacob DeSio

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacob DeSio.

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?
My love for movies started early in childhood. My family would bond by watching films together. We would go out and pick a couple of movies and watch them throughout the week. I would often reenact blockbuster films with my Legos or GI Joes. During my time at a community college as an acting major, I honed in on my passion for directing. During a screen acting class, I was given the opportunity to jump behind the camera and I fell in love instantly. I remembered the thrill of getting to make my own stories and create worlds that did not exist. I think on some level, I knew that day I was no longer an actor – I wanted to be a filmmaker.

From there, I attended the University of Arizona to get my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film Production. While attending, I took every opportunity available to work with my professors on extracurricular projects. For three years, I spent almost everyday working on my craft – I wanted to learn everything I could about film.

After graduating, I worked two video productions positions while simultaneously growing my own videography business here in Southern Arizona. Over the years, I amassed the majority of my experience as a writer, director, cinematographer, camera operator, and editor. Today I am a full-time freelance videographer specializing in cinematic storytelling creating music videos, commercials, documentaries, social media content and films.

Alright, 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?
Honestly, following your passions and working in film, in general, is hard. I paid for my own college (and I am still paying for it) so every semester was really up in the air. I worked three jobs while going to school full time – to say the least, it was difficult.

After graduating, I started working in freelance and the first couple of years were some of the hardest of my life. I didn’t understand the saying “feast or famine” until working freelance – you never know what’s coming next (if anything). Until I built up my name and reputation, it was really difficult to pay my bills and I would find myself working video production jobs or at restaurants while working my freelance business so that I could keep building up my dream but still paying my rent. Although it was difficult, it was absolutely worth it.

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 see a story in everything. I love to create fictional worlds and characters that explore thought experiments or to take a real person and tell their story in a way that allows the world to really see them. I believe the film is a powerful medium that can connect people and inspire change in the world. In my opinion, film is the most powerful communication tool and I want to use it to make people see the world differently and to consider another person’s perspective, even if just for a moment.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Working towards your dreams is always a risk. It is an uncertain road with no definitive map. I consider myself to be a fairly calculated person, I think things through thoroughly before making a decision, but I always trust my gut instinct and it guided me to follow my dreams. I always knew it would be a risk but great rewards always require a risk.

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