We had the good fortune of connecting with JP Douvalakis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi JP, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
When you’re consistent and work hard for the path you’ve set you can accomplish anything. Hard work paired with determination with a set goal or dream are the key ingredients to achieving success. Believe me when I say I’m far from success but I know I am on my way there from small achievements in my everyday routine. I love my career and what I do for a living, which are two separate things; it’s best not to confuse the two. There is also a reality that must be understood and adapted to when striving to reach “success”. One must be aware that a dream can change and what success means to you should be different from your neighbor because we are all different. Success is not something to define but a feeling we get. It’s not about failing, it’s about trying again and again until you get the results you’ve set out for in your dreams.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My work is just beginning. The time it has taken to get to where I am has been endless. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent learning and creating content for Johny PRSM. Which once went by a different name, JPFilmthat. It has been a difficult road with many obstacles including almost getting sued, losing equipment, being lost and testing relationships in the business. I can only dream of where my career in photography will take me. My work began simply in church camp filming kids around having fun. Then it transformed into wedding videos and graphic design. As a creative I have dabbled in most digital art from 3D to Motion FX and still images. Now my artwork is mainly in portraits, road-trip adventure photography, some brand work and snowboarding videos when the season is right. I’ve spent countless hours editing and exploring in hopes of creating content everyone wants to see. My work is most inspired by my desire for the outdoors. I wish everyone could see and appreciate the world and Mother Nature for what she is. My photography is screaming at you to love and listen to what is happening in our own backyards and want to help preserve it for generations to come. Being a creative photographer requires long hours and entrepreneurial hard work. Freelancing is not stable and requires enormous dedication if you’re to do it full time. I hope with enough time and work, I’ll be able to run johnyprsm full time and create the content of my dreams. For now, having a career in photography and making a living with snowboarding will do. I know johnyprsm will accomplish great things, the incline has just begun. Are you joining for the ride?
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I currently live in a mountain ski town in Colorado called Breckenridge. For this winter, it is my full time location but once the snow melts and the warm weather comes I leave for the coast in my 4Runner looking for the best photography spots America has to offer. Breckenridge has some of the best skiing around and is known around the world for its beauty. One of my favorite spots to take photos is on Boreas Pass Rd. or Swan Mountain Rd. Both of which are winding up the side of a mountain and have views of the ski town below. Skiing or snowboarding is a must when you’re in town but if you prefer a less demanding day, there are sled hills and snowmobile tours near by! The Breckenridge Distillery is a great place to go for an apres ski drink or to Airport road for the Colorado special (marijuana dispensaries). Main Street here in Breckenridge is a beautiful sight with the slopes of the ski mountain overlooking from the west. The sun will set early in the day leaving the peaks glowing pink with alpine glow. The town here is truly a photographer/ snowboarders dream! Oh wait, that’s me!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Being only 25, I have a long life ahead of me with I hope many successful days to come! I have 3 thanks to give to people who have helped me get to where I am today.
First, JJ star from Younglife camp. Without you jump starting my interest in videography and photography back when I was a young adult, I wouldn’t have been able to have the life I live.
Second, my parents, Nick & Barb.
My support system, my fall back, my biggest supporters and sponsors who have always been there and who took me all over the world to see these great wonders that I photograph.
Third and possibly the most important, all the other creatives in the world. My biggest encouragement has been seeing the work of others and striving to create along side their great work. Photography is an art form and I couldn’t have done it without the greats before me.