We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacob DeSio and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jacob, how does your business help the community?
My belief, and hope, is that my business helps the world mainly by sharing stories. I make films, commercials, music videos, and mini-documentaries and in my work and when I create a video that shares another person’s vision it expands our understanding of each other and the world we live in. I also get to work with wonderful people and companies that have an important impact on the world through their work such as Southern Arizona Against Slavery (S.A.A.S) and Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (T.R.O.T).

Another way my business contributes is by having a moral code that keeps me from accepting work that hurts or manipulates others. I also do not accept jobs that are unwilling to pay crew or jobs where I cannot guarantee the safety of everyone that takes part in filming. These are just a few examples of the dozens of ways I hope I am making a positive impact on the world.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love to tell stories. Whether they are stories I have created or one that a client has contracted me to develop I am passionate about making videos that make audiences think about their world a little differently for a moment.

I had a passion for film since I was a child but I didn’t start working towards becoming a filmmaker and videographer until I went to the University of Arizona for a BFA in Film Production. After graduating I worked on weddings and local commercials I could get until I got a job making national commercials with an ad agency. After gaining experience I moved on to freelance and that is where I have been working for the last four years.

The road to where I am now has been extremely difficult and full of lessons. While in school I did hundreds of unpaid internship hours, worked three jobs, and kept my schedule of classes at full-time (or more). After graduating I learned hard lessons about the importance of contracts and deposits when working with clients. There have been a lot of late nights and 80 hour weeks throughout the years. During those years there were many times I wanted to quit but whenever I felt like it was too difficult to continue I always imagine myself in the future as an old man and think about which life would I rather have; the life where I was too afraid to pursue my passion or a life where I always worked towards what I love. Every time I think about that, the choice is simple and I get back to creating.

Over my time working in film I have learned a lot about film making, people, and myself. My experience has instilled a strong foundation in my abilities to communicate through film while entertain and inspiring audiences.

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?
Though I work in Phoenix frequently, I actually live in Tucson so I will give my rundown of a Tucson day since I am more familiar.

If I go out I like to be in nature so some of my favorite places to go would be The Desert Museum, kartchner Caverns, gates pass for sunset, and up to Mount Lemmon for a day trip.

For food I would take them to my favorites: Tumerico, Zayna mediterranean, and Seven Cups.

I would recommend they stay at the Starr Pass Marriott for the amazing view and nature.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to shoutout my wonderful fiancé, Cara. She has always believed in me and my capabilities in creating my art before I had anything to show. Her belief in me has kept me going throughout the years and I absolutely would not be where I am today without her.

Website: jacobdesio.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jacob_desio/?hl=en

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacob-desio/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNEWfU791xIB26mm3lEbyDg

Image Credits
Photo Credit: Cara Dalton

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