We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaron Hardy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jaron, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I pursued a creative career, because I have always been moved by creative things. When I was a kid, I either wanted to be an artist or an astronomer. Only recently did I make the connection that both of those dreams were fueled by my desire to spend my life engaged with art and creation; my own on one hand, and God’s on the other. So, I guess I have always wanted to have a part in artistic and creative things, and music production turned out to be the avenue that I’ve been blessed enough to be able to pursue.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
First off, this was never really the plan. Or, I should say, it was never really MY plan. I started off making beats on a demo version of FL Studio with my brothers for fun. I never thought I would be starting my own recording studio/music production business. When I first decided to pursue music production and audio engineering as a career, I thought that I would connect with the right person, the right studio, the right artist that would eventually take my career to the next level. I wanted to “get on” somewhere or with someone. After years of that not happening and doors not opening, I began to second-guess whether this was the field for me. “God, just say the word and I’ll pivot. I’ll do something else. I’ll pursue another avenue. Just let me know if this isn’t it!” I have prayed this prayer and ones like it countless times. But, I’ve only ever felt the gentle nudge to keep going. This went on for a few years until, slowly but surely, I began to gain clients through online freelance services like Guru and Fiverr simply by creating a profile offering my services. Being exposed to clients from all over the world and being able to work on so many different styles of music has expanded my experience and skill set in a way that few other experiences could have. All of the ways that I thought that I would “get on” would have left me pigeon-holed and relying on someone else’s success to make it. Now, I am blessed with the opportunity to produce music for both remote and local clients in my own studio and under my own business named 5More Studios (based on Matthew 25:20). My goal is simple; I want to use the gifts and talents that I have been given to help multiply and add value to the gifts and talents of everyone I get to work with. This is the heart behind what I do. If it were up to me, I would have taken a different route to get here, but the Lord is good. I now wouldn’t have it any other way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Let’s see. The last time I told my already-skeptical friend from out of town to go “enjoy the city”, his car got stolen while he and his girlfriend were left stranded for hours. So, this is a bit tough to answer! Carjacking aside, I would take them to my favorite Thai restaurant called Surin of Thailand. We would stop by to get a good view of the skyline at the Jackson Street Bridge. I would also spend some time hanging out with them at The Battery for some food and drinks. Lastly, if they are from somewhere unfamiliar with the bright-red blessed miracle of a “HOT NOW” sign at a Krispy Kreme, I would be honored to introduce their taste buds to the life-changing experience of a hot dozen glazed doughnuts.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are a few great people that deserve to be recognized for supporting me along this journey. The first is my Lord Jesus. He has not merely supported me on this journey; He is the journey. He is the beginning and end of it all, including my career. Even when I was faithless, He remained faithful. The real MVP. Secondly, my wife Tayler. The amount of ways that she has supported me is innumerable. When I was ready to quit and sell every last piece of equipment I own, she was there to talk me off the ledge. None of what I get to do would be possible without her. Lastly, all of my family and closest friends. They have loved on me and encouraged me all along the way, which truly warms my heart.