We had the good fortune of connecting with James Jenkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi James, why did you pursue a creative career?
I grew up with the idea it was hard to make it as an artist. Artist was not a job title or career path that was recommended to me when I was young. I went and got a degree in management thinking that would be my ticket to making a living. Ive worked as a soldier in the Army, in restaurants, gyms, call centers, cabinet shops as well as doing side crafts like wood turning and furniture building for fun. In my 30’s I was terminated from a job in management. At the unemployment office an interest/aptitude test was administered and it recommended artist or actor. I figured if I did my own thing it would be mine and couldn’t possibly be wrong.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In my professional life I work for a company that helps aspiring business owners get themselves online. I took this job as a temporary job to help me learn about websites and domains to further my own art career. I’ve been with Godaddy for almost 10 years. It has certainly been a challenge to learn and understand the tech involved with our every day lives. I love being able to help other aspiring artist and entrepreneurs get themselves online.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As a pioneer in the art of social distancing I don’t know that there is anything specific I would take them. Get some good Mexican at Cocina Madrigal, or take them to the English pub we like called The George and Dragon. At some point I really want to get up to Sedona and see the Grand Canyon.
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?
My wife Sue deserves a huge shout out. She has always encouraged and believed in my art even when I’m feeling like it’s not good enough or it’s a pointless endeavor. She is a phenomenal artist herself.