First, let me say this. Sorry Mom, I know you’re reading and watching.
I met Jake location scouting for another video, aka trying to break into a grain elevator. I couldn’t get in, but he gave me a tip on one I could get into down the road. I said thanks, and took off on my bike in search of it. About 15 minutes later, I see Jake pop up again. He came by to check that his directions led me to the right place, and it was a good thing because they hadn’t. This is when I noticed what a character Jake is. I could sense that he just wanted to share with me, his experience, his tools, his social opinions. It was getting dark, but I asked Jake if he’d like to meet me there the next day, and if he was comfortable with being on camera. Initially, he wasn’t. He stated that privacy is important to him, but I gave him my website and number and asked him to take the night to think about it. He did not disappoint.
If I’m being honest, I was feeling creatively drained after a few long weeks of working and traveling non-stop. It was Wednesday, and I had nothing for my Friday deadline. In what felt like a last ditch effort, I left home on my bike in search of anything that might help me focus. That’s when I stumbled on Jake. I learned an important lesson on finding inspiration when I need to, and seizing an opportunity when divine intervention places one in front of me.