We had the good fortune of connecting with Jabarre Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jabarre, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Good question. I think it was purely out of necessity in order to procure my sanity, lol. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a creative individual. I’ve always been drawn to the art storytelling. So, I knew that somehow someway, I had to follow my heart and transform my dream into reality. That was not an easy decision, nor has it been an easy journey, but I wouldn’t dare complain! The film/television industry is not for the weak. You literally have get out there and make it happen, everyday! I’ve managed to align myself with a very talented and unique cast of creators and we push each other towards greatness! I’m very thankful for that!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well.. I am a filmmaker and I approach each project with a creative sensibility that allows me to give my clients a leg up on their competition. I listen and take my clients needs very seriously. This is a way of life for me. I feel that in order to really become great at this artistic form, you have to go all in – PUT IT ALL ON THE LINE. It’s not about the money, but I do like money. It’s not about the fame. It’s about the PASSION. The passion I have for creating something from nothing. It starts as an idea and we bring that malleable idea to life across many different mediums. Helping someone bring their vision to life is a very special thing to me. Once I realized this was my purpose, I began researching, educating myself and most of all – creating as much as humanly possible in order to cultivate the vision I have for myself as an artist. I’ve been fortunate to produce some amazing projects with some great companies, but I don’t limit myself when it comes to this. I also enjoy acting, which is my first love, but I really love and appreciate being behind the camera, making magic with my peers. This journey hasn’t been easy at all, but this is what I prayed for, so there will be no complaining from me, but I have learned to trust myself and my team more and I use any failures as fuel to become better. Ultimately, I want people to know that I never gave up on my dream. It took much longer than I anticipated, but I was able to use my life experiences to craft my way. I think my ancestors would be proud of me.
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.
That’s an interesting question, considering the climate we’re in right now. Covid-19 has overwhelmed us for almost a year now and has made it quite challenging to be able to enjoy ourselves outside of our homes. I am a lover of music and I love to cook, so I am a bit of a homebody when I’m not working. Dallas has an incredible downtown area with cool music venues and great cuisine. I am a lover of art as well, so I would definitely stop by one of my favorite art galleries, Samuel Lynne Gallery headed by my good friend J.D. Miller. Maybe catch a concert at Trees. Dallas has a hip hop scene that is trending very well now. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is really cool. Maybe stop by Vickery Tavern in old downtown Plano and grab a beer, a bite to eat and converse with the locals. You should definitely circle back after Covid subsides, because I’m going everywhere once its ok again. lol
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 have an extensively long list of people who assisted me on this journey, but I’ll keep it short. I’m all about giving my people their flowers while they’re here. Creative Director, Tyler Sloan is one that comes to mind, because he was quite frankly the piece to the puzzle for me as I began to really take video production serious. Tyler is a creative heavyweight, who is in my opinion the next “KING” of the music video production game in the DFW area and beyond. He’s a tattoo artist, hip hop artist and all round digital content juggernaut! Once I connected with him, we both became aware that we were essentially on the same path and became brothers in life and film. We began working and creating digital content for local and major companies, brands and music artists. Then I was offered the once in a lifetime opportunity to direct and produce the full feature documentary film, Jumping Jeff, which is about the life of Olympic long jumper, Jeff Henderson. TS took that journey with me and traveled across the country following the heart of this story and along the way, we connected with some really talented people – Jason Van Sickel, who is one of my creative heroes and also a good friend. Jason has over 25 years of experience in the industry and has racked up 5 Emmy Wins (Teen Programming, Children’s Programming, Lighting design) and has trained some of the best DP’s, Editors and Videographers in Dallas. He has offered a wealth of knowledge, experience and has been generous enough to allow me to partner with him on several major film and television projects throughout the years. I’m really excited about the upcoming release of the film, Jumping Jeff. We’ve put our blood, sweat and tears into this movie! I want to give a huge shoutout to Marcus Miller, Darren Parrish, Greg Coon, Ray Valadez, Jennie Robinson, Zack Alvey, and so many more. Their creative energy and insight has made me a better producer!
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