We are very excited to have our newest Office Production Coordinator, Jillian Breyer! Jillian hails from New York City and has an extensive background in TV Productions where she has worked on some of your favorite series! We are happy she found her way down to Hampton Roads and joined our team! Learn more about
Where did the bug for producing and media creation start for you?
When I was younger, though I originally aspired to become a Pediatrician, I knew that my passion lay within the entertainment industry. I navigated toward movies and television because it was a comfort, and they were always there when I needed or wanted them.
During my junior year of high school, I took a communications course and realized there’s so much more to Film and Television than acting, directing, and writing. That’s when I learned about the business side of entertainment.
In college, I had a close circle of 4-5 friends, and we’d get together almost daily to brainstorm and film shorts on YouTube. I learned so much about collaboration and editing during this time. It opened my eyes to the potential films can have. This was my first introduction to filmmaking, and I knew I wanted to be part of the much larger world of film and television.
What excites you the most about working at Jpixx?
Knowing that every day and every project will be different. The number of relationships with businesses and foundations Jpixx built make each day exciting because you never truly know what you’re going to be working on next! Not only do we get to capture amazing footage, but we also get to learn about various industries and careers we’d never heard of or thought we’d interact with.
Creating relationships with clients and seeing, hearing, or reading their feedback makes the job worth it.
What is your favorite aspect of producing?
My favorite thing about producing is a sense of control. We are the liaison between the client and creative team and can help steer the client in the direction the creative team requests or wants. If the client is asking for too much, we can put a halt to what they’re asking and suggest an idea that would best work for them as well as our team. Being a great producer not only comes from the producer alone, but it also stems from teamwork and figuring out what would be best for the client.
What other hobbies or pastimes are you interested in?
I am a die-hard hockey fan and live near the Norfolk Scope so I try to frequent Admirals games as much as I can! During the NHL season, you can always catch me watching a New York Rangers game.
On the weekends, I enjoy checking out coffee shops I haven’t tried and thrifting. I also try to throw in a farmers’ market at least once a month!
What are your 3 deserted island albums?
This is tough one!
One must go. Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, or Fleetwood Mac?
This must be the toughest question on here! If I MUST choose, I will say goodbye to Fleetwood Mac.
Sorry Mick, Christie, Stevie, Lindsay, and John!!!
Do you have any other passion projects that you might be interested in?
Music has always been a giant part of my personality and who I am. I’ve always wanted to be part of a film or documentary about notable music venues from the 60s-80s all over the country. Being raised in NYC, knowing about those venues where most, if not all off my favorite artists started out, has always piqued my interest.
What is your favorite food?
My husband introduced me to Ethiopian cuisine while we were dating. He is not Ethiopian but had a handful of Ethiopian friends in high school.
Being a vegetarian, their cuisine is super vegetarian/vegan friendly and delicious! Another plus is that you get to eat with your hands! Each dish is scooped using Injera which is a fermented pancake-like flatbread.
Do you have any inspiration? Creatively or just in life?
As cliché as this might sound, my inspirations in life have always been my parents. They always believed in me and pushed me to reach for my dreams and goals in life. When I changed universities and majors, they understood my decision and wanted the best for me.
My inspiration creatively is my husband. He has a background in theater and worked in film for a few years. He sees things from an actor’s perspective, and I appreciate his input when I speak with him about numerous ideas I have. Often, I see projects from a practical and business standpoint. He is the person I turn to for an artistic opinion or input.
What do you think you bring to the Jpixx Team?
When working with a new team, I think about my skillset and analyze what I can assist with to help the production and/or company grow. Keeping a positive outlook as well as an equal balance of hard work and fun are important to me. I bring my best each day with a smile on my face and I hope I can spread the happiness!
Is there any advice you can give to someone new in the industry?
The biggest advice I can give anyone is to NEVER give up, no matter what others tell you. If you have a dream, desire, a light you need to shine, let it happen. If I listened to the numerous people who told me that I should find a “backup career,” I would not be the person I am today. More importantly, I would not be happy. If you do what makes you happy, you will succeed.
Another piece of advice that I feel is important is to make as many connections as you can. Network, network, network! The more people you know within the industry of your preference, the easier it will be to get your foot in the door and find long-term careers. It never hurts to speak to professionals and ask questions!