We had the good fortune of connecting with Jim Louvau and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jim, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business.
I actually never really thought about “starting my own “business” when I dipped my toes into the water as a photographer at 18-years old. At that point I was basically a high school senior at Ironwood High School that was really into music and I knew that if I developed a skill as a music photographer that I could get closer to my passion. Over time I kept shooting and shooting and eventually had to entertain the idea of making things official and starting a business. Most of everything that I’ve done as an artist I was told early on that it was impossible and that a career as a musician or photographer was impossible and was a pipe dream.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Honing a craft takes years, often times we think we’ve really figured it out and as time goes on you realize that when you think you really understand it that’s when it’s time to go back to the drawing board. At this point in my career I’m constantly looking for others to challenge me as an artist and push me outside of my comfort zone. That’s just as much a mental challenge as actually executing the task, the creation of the art is the fun part, it’s preparing that can be tough and exhausting. As a photographer/cinematographer I capture others the same way I’d like to be representing, no amount of schooling or studying could have taught me that. I’ve worked with some very big persoanlities over the years and my music background has taught me how to navigate through huge personalities. During the pandemic, I’ve started directing/shooting music videos and all I’ve applied all of these different aspects of my past to create an exciting future.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m fortunate enough to also be in a band with my best friend Andy Gerold. He lives in Las Vegas so when we get together and write music for There is No Us one of us has to travel. A couple weeks back he came to Phoenix where we worked on new material and in between breaks we played a ton of Metallica pinball with the rest of our bandmates and when we needed to a break from the studio environment Stardust Pinbar is always our go-to for food, drinks, and pinball.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mother really laid the groundwork for me from as far back as I can remember. Rock n’ roll was such a huge part of our household from the beginning. She had me when she was only 17 when she had me so I think music was an escape for her and that translated to me as I grew as a small human. That love of music translated into me starting my own bands as a kid and learning my way around the camera. The music and the camera were the tools I needed to find my way and she made those introductions that changed my life.
Jim Louvau Photo by: Tony Aguilera