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

Hi Jacob, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Gambling on major decisions has been the foundation for my success. It’s hard to recall the times when taking risks have backfired on me – nor do I care to. With that, I can immediately point to a slew of scenarios when I’ve taken a chance and was right. Three and half years ago, I quit my wretched desk job before I was certain that I had something else lined up. I became a professional real estate photographer within that week. In this time, I have photographed over 1,500 properties across Southern Arizona. I’ve done the best that I can to foster my intuition and it’s brought me good fortune.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I suspect that my influences are what sets me apart from other creatives. Like most budding filmmakers, I have always been obsessed with movies, shows, theater, music, etc. I’ve expended numerous hours listening to film scores and soundtracks while driving. My experience is unique because of the specific things I find memorable. For instance, the quotes that ring through my head are never the ones that other folks will reference. Out of an actor’s catalogue, my favorite film of theirs is typically the one that is polarizing or forgotten about. I will go great lengths for repeated viewings of movies. I come from a split home and many people assume that to be a detriment. Not for me. I got to see the same films over and over again with various family members, re-learning all of their messages and directions. I intend on implementing all I’ve absorbed from that creativity into things I can call my own. Currently, I have a music video in pre-production. It’s thrilling as this video will be the artist’s musical debut. I also have a short film written out. It’s a callback to the silent film era! I’ve been artistically dormant for a long stretch of time. Most of my schedule is filled with real estate photography, portraits, weddings, and culinary photos. By night, I also spend time shooting concert pictures and video. It has been strenuous to network and get to this juncture, but entirely doable. Balancing my work schedule and retaining motivation to be artistically expressive is most challenging. Default Mode Netwerk is my LLC I established two years ago. The DMN is a collection of regions in the human brain. They are most active when daydreaming, considering the past or future and thinking of one’s self or others. I swapped the ‘o’ in network to an ‘e’ as a homage to the German musical group Kraftwerk. This neuroscience term has no direct relation to the function of my photo business. However, it conceptually represents the importance of introspection. DMN is a reminder that I was once a child with a grand imagination. I want my work and creations to mirror that ideal.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The Loft movie theater is a Tucson staple. They play films that don’t always make it to the large theater chains. Additionally, they have a contest on the first Friday of every month. You can submit your short film and earn a cash prize decided by the live audience. I won about ten years ago. Falora Pizza has the closest resemblance of authentic Italian pizza that I’ve found in Tucson. You can also bring vinyl records and they will play them while you feast. Groundworks is a neat music venue and community art space. It’s both non-profit and youth-driven. Other great venues are Club Congress and the Rialto. Record stores are always worth seeking. Wooden Tooth and Hurricane Records are my favorites.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Derek Marshall was and remains a large source of inspiration to me. I deeply credit him and his A/V Media program for shaping my career. Eleven years ago, I was a freshman at Sahuarita High School. Derek made an impression on me within minutes of our first class together. Whether consciously or otherwise, he’s actively evolved my confidence as a person – all while sharpening my skillset with media production. I think I strive for self-mastery because of his Sherlock-ian type behaviors. After completing his four courses, I moved to London, UK to attend film school. It was based out of Ealing Studios, the oldest running film studio on Earth. The value I got from Derek’s mentorship and the facilities at SHS greatly supersede that of the film course I attended. We remain friends and share similar interests in music and arts.

Website: https://defaultmodenetwerk.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/defaultmodenetwerk/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2lHYe8g6lulFhqsoTb48Gg

Image Credits
Lupita Romo-Teran Tristan Jemsek Nick and Jess Rendon Francesco Ferrari Hayden Webb

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