We had the good fortune of connecting with James Stokes Jr. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi James, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I believe there are a lot of questions you need to ask yourself in order to make a good decision in terms of whether you should keep going or if you should give up. You should ask yourself have I truly given 110%? Have I been patient? Have I practiced discipline? What will this cost me if I give up, and I am not just speaking in terms of financial costs. What changes /adjustments can be made for better results? After you ask yourself some of those questions you should have a better insight about whether you should keep going or if you should throw in the towel.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
After graduating from college with a degree in Communication the studying and mastering of my craft began and it never stopped. This is something that I do on a daily basis because I love it. I love creating visual art, I love working with clients to help them bring their story to life just as they imagined it. I enjoy the process from beginning to end. Videography is easy for me because it doesn’t feel like a job. The challenging part of it all is being away from the camera/studio and the administrative side of things that still have to be executed but I know that side is just as equally important if I want to run a successful business so I find the balance to make it all happen.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Fort Worth Camera- to grab a camera to capture the fun for the weekend Dallas Galleria Mall- for a little shopping Torchy’s Tacos- steak fajita tacos and margaritas Dallas Mavs game Reunion Tower to check out the view of the city Blue Mesa Brunch Fort Worth’s Inspiration Alley to capture more pictures of the art work from local artists
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout and acknowledge a few key people that have really supported me from the beginning and along the way: My wife Tanisha, has supported and encouraged me throughout this whole process and she continues to push me to take things to the next level, Dr. Anton House one of my best friends I met in college actually gave me the nickname Beastman, Ellis Miles Jr. another best friend that really encouraged me to step out my comfort zone when I started filming in the boxing arena, Dr. Felipe Garcia a great mentor and friend, my grandparents Minnie and Cary Stokes who always tried their best to expose me to new opportunities and they are they main reason why I picked up filming in the first place because we used to have so many family vacations and gathering that I always felt compelled to capture those moments with a camera and camcorder in hand, and last but not least my daughter Serena who also enjoys videography and the arts. I do this to make her proud.
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