When did you first pick up a camera and start shooting?
It started for me in college. A friend of mine lend me her camera and the rest is history. I just fell in love with the creative process of doing things from shooting to editing. I love having an idea and being able to bring it to life.
Who are your favorite videographers/photographers?
If you could be a fly in the room of one videographer for a day who would it be?
I would probably say Kid Art. Lately he’s been inspiring me with his work. I love what he did with Pusha T’s short film Darkest Before Dawn. It would be him.
How old were you when you realized your talent could turn into a lucrative business?
Honestly, I never picked up the camera to make a profit. People kept asking for my services and I got tired of offering them for free, because even though I am having fun with this it’s still hard work at the end of the day. I would probably say last year started for me.
Lets Get a Little Bit Deeper
What are your goals or achievements you are looking to conquer in 2016?
This year I’m looking to achieve a couple things. A lot is up in the air but I’m looking to create maybe my own podcast show. I want to do product design as well. I have a partnership in the works with a major network so I’m praying that goes well. That’s all for now.
So you are a writer, videographer, photographer, creative director (and more)...which one do you think you are the best at? And if you could only pick one to focus on for the rest of your life what would it be?
I would say creative direction because whether I’m doing a write up, photography or video, they involve some type of creative idea or thought. I love piecing my ideas together.
What has been your favorite company to work with and why?
Hands down the good folks over at The Reedspace which is a streetwear store / gallery in the Lower East Side owned by Jeff Staple. Those guys over there are family and have supported my work since day one. I love them.
If you were given a $500,000 budget for a project what would you create?
That’s a lot of money to invest. I honestly don’t have the answer. I would have to sit and think about that one because I wouldn’t want to fuck the money up [laugh].
What is the biggest motivation behind the creation of "Jeff Stashbox?"
The biggest inspiration behind my brand is really educating people on what’s going on in culture: Art, Streetwear, Tech etc. I feel like my visuals gives people insight on what’s happening in different fields, who the innovators and influencers of our time are and that ability to tap into what’s going on all around us. As long as my work left a mark or imprint on somebody and now they want to visit an art gallery or a streetwear pop shop or if I do an interview with a brand owner and now that person wants to invest into that brand, then I’ve done my job.
What three pieces of advice would you give young creatives who are looking to become creators and a house hold name like yourself?
- I would say less talking and more action. A lot of times when you’re in this mode of creating and making moves, people want to announce everything. Just create work and when it’s ready then put it out for the public.
- Give yourself time to evolve. It’s so easy to look at everyone around you and wonder how come you’re not doing as well as others. Or how come you’re not making the money you should be making etc. Progression is a big part of success so don’t think greatness is achieved within a week, month(s) or year(s) time. Continue to work on you and your craft and the success will eventually follow in due time.
- I’m a big believer in God so for me it’s important to give thanks to the creator for my talents because that’s the source of it all. For anybody reading this and isn’t a believer in God, I would say give thanks to whatever is fueling your passion or creativity. If family drives you to be great, then show your appreciation to your family. If it’s your community and where you come from then give back to your community. I say always give thanks because in doing that, you’re reminded why you do what you do and it’s also a great way to stay balanced through rocky situations. It’s also a great way to stay self empowered because the road to achieving your goals isn’t easy. Everybody needs an extra boost every now and then.
What are your thoughts of brands offering "exposure" as a means of payment?
I believe that if a brand approaches me and truly believes in my work and my vision and there’s truly no one else better for the job, then they shouldn’t have any problem paying me. I understand not everyone will have a budget but there should be some type of incentive to offer replacing payment.
Lets Get Nasty
Describe the perfect woman.
The perfect woman would be a creative like myself to build with. Someone who shares my interest. I love darkskin women but more importantly black women in general. Having deep conversations about culture would be a major turn on.
Ass or boob man? (Or any other feature).
I’m both. I love big titties cause I like to be able to palm the left titty while I’m sucking on the right one. I love a fat ass too cause it looks great when you’re giving a woman a butt massage right before or after sex.
Name 3 ladies: The one you take home to mom, the freaky one, the untouchable (the girl whose so beautiful, powerful, amazing, you just want to be in her presence).
The one I would take home to mom would be Kerry Washington.
The freaky one would be Bernice Burgos.
And the most beautiful, powerful, amazing one would be Karen Civil. I would just soak up knowledge from her.
Sex on the first date?
Sex on the first date is completely normal and should be zero slut shaming involved. I think it’s normal to feel sexual tension even in the first encounter with a woman. If the energy is right and it happens, then I’m all for it. We’re all grown so that’s that.
Opinion on $200 dates?
I honestly don’t believe $200 is asking for a lot. You shouldn’t be walking out the house with less then $200 in your pocket. A date could run you to $100 easily so if you can’t pay for it twice you might want to stay home.
Do you get down in the DM's?
I’ve never gotten down in the DM’s unless it was business related.