We had the good fortune of connecting with Darryl Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Darryl, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
A lot can be said about this. The pursuit of a filmmaking career is a lifelong endeavor that defies the boundaries of work/life. It takes all your love, your heart, your mind, your energy and your money. However, if you kill yourself doing it, what’s the point? Do I want to run myself into the ground as the price of success? Hell no. So work/life balance is really about lifestyle and how you show up in your daily life in everything that you do. Get rest, stay hydrated and be present with the people around you. I love movies with every fiber of my being, but I need more than movies in my life. Getting older helps. This isn’t my first career so I think I know how to pace myself. I’m currently working on my next short film, The Cave, which I started in 2020. I like to take it slow.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I make movies, but I also do a lot of photography. I love imagery and the making of imagery. I don’t think about what I do in terms of what it is, or how you could define it. Truly that’s not me trying to be facetious. My relationship with the camera is that I’m very curious and I’m trying to work things out in the world and discover meaning and truth with the use of this tool. It’s not easy because I’m very impressionable, if I see a movie I like, suddenly I want to make a movie like what I just saw. It’s rather exhausting actually. I just love looking through that lens. Landscapes are big inspiration though. That might be the through line, that and faces, I love a good face. My most recent short film, All of This!!! (that’s right, three exclamation marks) is 15 minutes long and has 19 speaking roles.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in Long Beach, CA (near LA), but if my best friend was visiting me from out of town, I would want nothing more than to talk and catch up. I would grab a coffee and go for a walk, and since I’m lucky to live near the ocean, we would definitely go for a stroll along the water.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My peers and friends! You can’t do this work alone. Especially when times are tough. My wife and business partner Hillary plays an enormous role, everything I dream up I go to her with it first. I also want to shout out to the filmmaking community out there that I talk to, Tweet at, email or Zoom call with daily. Your support is my strength. If you are reading this article, chances are you are one of these people. Huzzah! Bless you!