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Daily Inspiration: Meet Mike Jon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mike Jon. 

Hi Mike, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
When I was a kid, my mom took me to see the “Last Dragon” starring Taimak and Vanity. I loved kung fu movies and this was the first all-black kung fu movie I had ever saw. The film made me feel so many emotions…It was the first time I can remember being emotionally aware of a character’s journey in the film. That was the moment I decided to be a filmmaker. 

I want to convey a series of emotions to an audience and start a conversation 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Oh absolutely not, the road wasn’t smooth at all. In fact, most of the roads I think are worth traveling aren’t smooth at all. Out of adversity can came opportunity. 

The road so far has taught me plenty of lessons. The lessons that really stuck are all about confidence. I don’t think I can function without my confidence. I have to protect it and nurture it in a healthy way. It assures me that I’m doing right thing or at least the closest thing to it. 

At one point I was hesitant to change my prices because I wasn’t sure anyone would pay for it. I had realize that my price is my prices and believe that my work and upgrades warranted it. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
So, I’m primarily a filmmaker and as a filmmaker, I love shooting documentaries. As a photographer, I specialize in portraits. 

I’m most proud of helping creating a safe haven for creatives in Baltimore. The building my studio was a gaming lounge and the epicenter of a whole community. People would come in from all across the city to play videos games or just sit and be still for the moment. 

I’ve found that making people feel safe is something I take great pride in doing 

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
People might be shocked to know that I’ve only recently started considering myself a photographer. I used to think that I didn’t put in the necessary hours required to claim the title. I wasn’t confident in my work or my journey. It took many years and a lot of practice/study before I felt comfortable enough use that title 

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