We had the good fortune of connecting with Jim Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jim, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Ever since COVID became a thing and took affect on my regular employment, I felt like I had come to a crossroads to where I could be creatively. Within a lot of down time that most was experiencing within 2020, I decided to create my own projects and make use of that free time that was available to me. So I began to lean heavily on what I use to consider was a hobby, and that was graphic design. Taking all of my educational background, work experience and self taught knowledge I came up with the idea of ‘Video Faves’. A gateway to which would eventually become my entry into the world of freelance graphic design as its become today.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
So Video Faves is essentially, a modernized take on a retro video format that was/is VHS. Heavily steeped in nostalgia, we also showcase and collaborate with many artists online, internationally. We work with those artists and give them credit for the usage of their designs. With that we also create our own original designs as well, essentially treating the creation of our VHS product as an open canvas when it comes to applying original artistic ideas.
What started out as project to begin with quickly gained speed and traction, from individuals online once designs were showcased over social media, in this case through the use of Instagram. Once we had enough posts to showcase what we can do, more and more artists from around the world either reached out to us or were comfortable with us approaching them for a collaboration.

Once those barriers came down, we then have heard from everyone from the public to entertainment types and beyond. Creating projects from VHS to film advertisements, trading cards, commercial sport advertising etc. The latter projects allowed me to establish myself, personally as a brand under the title of “Jim Harris Designs” and has helped me pursue all different kinds of creative, original and versatile projects for those who request them of me.

What was a challenge to begin was realizing where my limits were and how I could overcome them. Especially when it came to my knowledge of the kind of software I was utilizing. As mentioned before, Video Faves does come up with its own original designs. So I had to expand on what I had already knew, and even more so once I took it upon myself to go freelance full time. So I started putting time aside to study and research more Adobe suite products, going from Photoshop to Illustrator then InDesign and even now considering taking courses in Adobe UX to further build upon the knowledge that I already had.

I think any approach to something that you’re passionate about, be artistically or not requires time and effort. And you’ve got to keep the fire burning in terms of achieving a success for yourself, your name, your service, your business etc. You can have that passion but you need to utilize it in a way to where it can represent you in the best light possible.

My story has gone beyond making VHS designs in Instagram posts. Personally, its given me a new lease on life and has shown me to never limit myself, my approach to working with others and expanding upon what originally was an idea I had during COVID lock down.

I want people to know that my outlook to the work I do for Video Faves and for Jim Harris Designs comes from a place of determination and a willingness to learn more based on passions I have for the entertainment industry. If you have something to offer someone, make it known. And educate yourself as you go along, improve your portfolio and build upon your resume. You can have all the talent in the world, you can have an amazing idea if the right people could see it, but you have to always continue to ask yourself… what am I doing today to make that happen…? It’s all possible, you just have to want it enough to go after it.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Having moved to California form Missouri, back in 2021, there is simply no shortage of things to see and do here. I would say go visit the parks, if you have children bring them along too. I have a 7 year old son and we love going out anywhere where we can get some fresh air and exercise if possible. Visit the malls and restaurants and see how the compare to say what you’re already use to. Especially the food, this state knows no bounds when it comes to kind of dishes they serve out here. It’s a sunny state for a reason, so enjoy that weather that’s forever present and visit the coast. Go for a swim at the beach, visit a museum or an a science center maybe. Go full on tourist, and venture out to the states most famous landmarks, drive by Hollywood and see the sign – why not, since you’re here. Maybe take a break off from work and pop out to Palm Springs, rent an air b n b and just relax. Its all at your doorstep here. What I love about living here is just being here. I wouldn’t move even if you paid me! There’s so much out there, and its either within walking distance, a metro ride, a hike, a drive, maybe even a quick flight away. And my encounters with the people here has been nothing short of pleasant and optimistic. I really can’t sell California enough except to say it’s an experience in itself. And would recommend it to anyone and everyone, so if you haven’t been then what are you waiting for?

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to make a special mention to a talented artist and loyal friend, Mr Mariano Mattos, an Argentinian born commercial illustrator . For it was he that encouraged me to take my projects and creations and pursue them further. We have collaborated many times in the past artistically, and we have both showed care and support to the work that we’re pursuing within this industry. Without his kind words and appreciation then I’m not sure I would be in the position I’m in now, so to him I owe a lot of gratitude!

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Website: https://jimharris.carbonmade.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/videofaves/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimharrisdesigns

Twitter: https://twitter.com/videofaves

Image Credits
Clockout Films – All World Boxing – Gaphix – Video Faves.

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