What's Your Passion? - Jas Davis Media

By Andrew Randall on September 27, 2012

Jas Davis Media

When Jas Davis told me he hadn’t even been doing this for a year, I almost didn’t believe him. In fact, if he were not one of my best friends I seriously would not have believed him. For most people, finding your niche is unfortunately difficult. For myself, I’ve always had an affinity towards writing and music, so I’ve developed ways to incorporate music into my writing, and vice versa. However, this isn’t always the case, and some people don’t truly decide what they want to do with their life until they are much older. Even graduate students admit at times that they don’t know what direction their life is headed. This is why Jas Davis is so unique to me, he’s found his niche; what’s even more amazing, he’s only 19. For this reason, I decided to interview Jas, and his story amazed me.

“I got started by filming action sports with friends, skiing and skateboarding in particular, I was honestly just having fun doing it,” Jas began. He started off by buying a, “friend’s crappy camera” but eventually, Jas was experimenting with editing programs for the videos that he was taking. He had found something that he really enjoyed doing, and a couple of months later, he bought his first camera, a Cannon Rebel t2i. Remarkably, he still uses the same one today. Jas’ love for filming began to claim his life, he would get lost in the camera, which constantly vacuumed his attention as he filmed his friends freestyle skiing.

“I began taking the action sports films I was making and posting them on newschoolers.com, a skiing website, and would post video after video paying close attention to the feedback I was getting.” This feedback was imperative. Jas explained that the criticism of other photographers was what kept his passion for filming and editing going. He strived to do better, get better shots, and attract more viewers for his videos. Jas continued to explain that; “I would look for tips from fellow cinematographers out there. I watched so many videos, hundreds of videos. In fact, I probably watched about 50 or more a day.” His classroom became the Internet, where his teachers weren’t professors, but websites such as Vimeo and Youtube. Suddenly Jas realized that there was so much more to filming than he thought. He began working at incorporating the different filming styles into his videos. He realized that “you could really make it into what ever you want it to be once you use a post-production editor.”

Eventually, Jas began getting into filming EDM, or electric dance music concerts. On November 11th, 2011 he brought his camera to film Kapslap, whose manager he contacted prior in order to get the job. It was the first show he filmed, edited, and produced; today his video has over 66,000 views on Youtube. From there on Jas’ career took off. On January 1st, he was filming for Day Glow, the nations largest paint and music dance party. Soon Day Glow was giving Jas harddrives with hours of footage for him to edit into a 3-minute video. Jas’ filming started going places he never thought it would.

“At first when I started I didn’t even think it was something you made money off of, I just enjoyed doing it. But then I realized I was producing my own work and should be compensated for it, however, most of the money that I earn goes back into my business anyway. I’m either spending it on lenses or editing equipment.” Amazingly, at the age of 19 Jas now has to turn down offers because of his intense workload. He’s progressed from filming his friends to filming Electric Zoo, Day Glow, and touring with artists such as Skrillex and Dada Life all over the country. Currently, Jas is going across the East from Toronto, Canada to Washington D.C. with Dada Life, documenting the whole thing on a $10,000 dollar camera alongside a Swedish film director. All while also taking college classes at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

I didn’t ask to interview Jas because he’s my friend and I wanted everyone to know of his accomplishments, I more wanted to share his insight. He found something that he loved and found a way to make money off of it. Regardless of still going to school, Jas found education within his filming, and today it’s paying off. I think that a lot of people focus too much on getting a degree in something that they don’t actually love, just because they think it’ll be worth it in terms of salary when they get a job. I think that’s the mistake of most Americans today. They focus too much on finding a job, and not their passion. Jas is proof that when you take your passion and figure out how to make it marketable, that is when you truly succeed. As my mother always said, “don’t get good at something you don’t want to do the rest of your life.”

To find out more about Jas click here!




Raised in Essex, Massachusetts and have lived there for 19 years with my mother, father, and sister Emily. I enjoy reading, writing, music, lacrosse, and playing guitar. Currently a student at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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