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

Hi JVT, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I’ve learned to value disposable time over disposable income. Based on my personal experiences and observations of others, I’ve noticed people are most satisfied when they have time to pursue their passions. I used to have a goal of just being rich, but that has shifted into living a life where I go after what makes me feel “alive.”

While this won’t be an inspirational quote, the reality is that our passions don’t always line up with a well paying job. In fact, they rarely do.

I have a 9-5 corporate job that pays enough to live comfortably. However, the flexibility of the job allows me time to pursue my true passion: comedy. I’ve had opportunities to take much higher paying jobs that would require 60 hour work weeks and extensive traveling, but what is the point of having more money if you don’t have the time to do the things that bring you joy?

Every day after work, I spend a few hours on comedy. Whether it be filming, editing videos, writing, or going to open mic nights, I pour every extra second into making people laugh.

I’ve witnessed firsthand colleagues that have taken demanding jobs that doubled their salary, but they are more miserable than ever. If that job isn’t your passion, then all you have to look forward to is the weekends and your 2-3 vacations a year.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As I initially said, I have a job to pay the bills and a job that I do for fun. By day I’m a software consultant, but by night I’m a comedian.

I’m the founder of the comedy brand JVT Entertainment, and my goal in life is to bring laughter to a world that takes itself too seriously. Everyone is so uptight and easily offended these days, andI want to be a reminder that we can laugh at the ridiculous things in life.

I’m most of proud of that I constantly put myself out there and continue to work on my craft, whether I fail or not. I first started posting funny videos 4 years ago. Those videos were BAD and I was ridiculed by my peers. However, over years of teaching myself how to edit videos better, learning how to be funnier, and consistently posting content, I’ve amassed respectable followings on both Instagram (11k) and Tik Tok (110k).

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to pursue your passions and not let the opinions of others affect you. As I said, for years I posted cringeworthy attempts at comedy, and was unfollowed and mocked by my friends (most the time, deservedly so). However, I knew it was a passion of mine that I wanted to go after. When I stopped caring what others thought of me, I was truly set free to pursue comedy wholeheartedly. I’m now getting incredible opportunities and have had amazing experiences that would have never happened without JVT Entertainment.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First stop: go straight to Cowboys Red River. It is the only “country” spot in Dallas where you can two step to country music and get cheap drinks from amazing bartenders.

Next day, go to Lockharts BBQ. If you’ve never had Texas BBQ, it will change your life.

Once you’ve recovered from a food coma, drive to Fort Worth and watch the Longhorns stampede through the stockyards (they actually just walk slowly). For non-Texans, it is a sight to see.

If it’s football season, we make sure to spend all Saturday at Katy Trail Ice House. Great patio bar and all the football games you could ever dream of.

Finally, to feel a little cultured, end with visiting the George W Bush museum. I personally consider him my best friend because I met him one time.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My fiancee Kari deserves a lot of credit. She’s always encouraged me to pursue making funny videos or telling jokes because she could tell how passionate I was about it. Even though half the time she thinks my jokes are dumb, she knows how happy it makes me and is always helping me find better ways to advance my comedy.

The other person who has helped is my best friend, Ty. We’ve been friends since high school, and he’s the only person who is willing to spend hours filming and making ridiculous videos with me. To have someone share your vision and help you succeed is vital to achieving your goals.

Website: https://www.jvtentertainment.net/

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/JVTEntertainment

Other: TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@jvtentertainment?lang=en

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