We had the good fortune of connecting with Jazmine DiGiorgio and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jazmine, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I pursued an artistic/creative career because it simply makes me happy. That’s all there is to it. Being able to collaborate with like-minded creatives to make something into a reality is magical in every sense of the word. Do we have our ups and downs? Yes. Can it be stressful and tiring? Of course! But at the end of the day, nothing else makes me excited to do it all over again.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is in video editing. I also dabble in production design! As a video editor, I am always trying to learn new things whether it’s learning a new shortcut or cutting a new genre, or making sure the message that we want to tell the audience is coming across in the edit.
It was definitely not an easy task getting to where I am at today. When I realized I wanted to pursue editing, I had no idea what I was doing. It was all a bit much at first. I realized quickly that things will not fall in my lap. I have to make things happen for myself.
The beautiful thing about working in this field is that it’s all very collaborative. I can’t do what I do without others and being able to work with others is a personal skill that we develop as we go! Working with other filmmakers on a film is an appreciation I’ve never felt before until I started working alongside different people.
One of the things I’ve learned while growing and continuing to grow as a video editor is realizing that I am not perfect. I will mess up but failure makes you grow even though, in the moment of failure, we absolutely hate it. But learning comes with failure and that’s all we can ever do as creatives — is continue to learn. I will never stop learning my craft because what fun is that? Honestly, when it comes to editing, being able to sit at my desk with all the footage is an excitement that is hard to put into words. The only way I can explain it — this is where the magic happens.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a funny question because between my best friend and I, I am not the one who knows all the hot spots. My best friend is the one that knows all the cool places to go in Denver. One of the things that we love more than food is coffee. Yes, this is more or less an addictive activity but these coffee places are super cute — to name a few: Amante Coffee, Carbon Cafe and bar, and The Bardo Cafe house!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The people in my life that deserve so much recognition are my family and friends —My dad, my mom, my sisters, Joana Gomez, Christopher Riggs, Heather Hunt, and Diana Duffy. I wouldn’t be who I am without them. They are my support team. Being in the creative field is very hard. I’ve doubted myself time and time again. What helps me find inspiration with myself is seeing inspiration through many different creative fields, whether it’s through films, music, or books. I see how artists put so much of themselves through these crafts and that alone is inspiring. Simply listening to emotionally captivating music by Hanz Zimmer, or watching a powerful edit by Yang Jin-mo, or watching all of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli films inspire me in my craft because they are in theirs.
Joana Gomez – My headshot