We had the good fortune of connecting with Junior Cadet and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Junior, how do you think about risk?
When thinking about risk, you have to look at what will be the outcome of the risk you are willing to take. Taking risks have shaped up my career in many ways. The first risk I took was ending my career of running track and field to focus more into the film/television industry. Second was moving from Florida to California to gain the experience that is needed to handle everything that the industry has to offer. Third is building from scratch with the limited resources that is given when coming into this industry. Throughout all risks I continue to gain the knowledge and respect from everyone I come in contact and with that I do what needs to be done to help the next generation gain better access to working intros industry.
What should our readers know about your business?
Going into a business is a hard process to handle. Sometimes I think about that but then I also think “If I am not doing this, someone else will, so let me be the first to make it and make it the best anyone has ever seen.” To start I put a business plan together of what’s the main goal I want to accomplish in 10 years most people do 5 but 10 gives you room to make adjustments and accomplish more than you actually think you can. Building a team is an important process and having the support team to build with will always make the process be even better. The team I work with are the most down to earth group and we set our minds together to accomplish anything we get our hands on. It’s not always easy especially when you understand the behind the scenes work and how one project can take more than one or two years to complete. My story is something special to me because of the way I knew this was the industry for me. About 20 years ago I was watching the Olympics trails and saw David Oliver running hurdles and then saw a camera moving along the track with the race as they ran. That’s the day I told myself “I want to learn how to run hurdles, and learn how cameras do all that.” With that being lock as a goal I put a plan together to where I learned to run the hurdles in track and field from middle school throughout college and couple post pro years all while receiving my degree in Bachelors in Television Broadcasting and Masters in Filmmaking. For me having the chance to change or help someone in life is always a blessing when I am not working in the film industry you will always find me at a track coaching the next generation of athletes to accomplish their goals on the track and off the track. My coaches we’re great mentors to me and always explained to me that sports come and go but the relationship you build and dedication you learn form the sport will always guide you in a great way which I always pass on to my athletes now. I am very proud of all the films and series I have accomplished so far in the pass 4 years they have showed my growth as a filmmaker that is growing with each new project that I produce. I am proud of is the athletes life’s I have been changing every year helping build young adults in this world, its a great feeling knowing that these kids have a understanding of what is happening in the world and can be ready to help build it to something better than when I was growing up. Lastly, I am very proud of me creating a sport/drama series called “The Track”which is about the sport that help build the path for which I am at right now.
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?
It’s funny you say you ask that, my friend is actually in town now here in California. Since I am from West Palm Beach, Florida these are the places I would tell them to visit in Florida: Juno Beach, Rapids Water Park, Singer Island Beach, Downtown City Place, Palm Beach Gardens Plaza and Lion Country Safari. In Los Angeles California the first place I always take everyone is to hike the Hollywood Sign so they can get the full 360 view of LA before diving into each sections of it. Few Places to hit up are Santa Monica Pier, The Getty, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Museum of Art, Hollywood Boulevard, Rodeo Drive, Catch a Clippers game and Dodgers. Living out here in California especially in Los Angeles you never know what icon or celebrity you’ll see. I’ve meet about 5 so far but the one that stuck out more was Kel Mitchell since I watched him growing up and he’s a down to earth person that will take a few minutes to speak to a fan and hear about them and our lives. 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?
My mother and father are the first to allow me to go and accomplish my goals in life. Moving to America in 1997 was a huge deal for our family so coming to America and being able to accomplish what I have accomplished is all to the hardworking and support they have giving me in my life. My siblings, Sylvianne, James, John, Modeline, Darline, Sylvianna, Shubert and Pierre who all live far from me since I am the only one on the west coast, they make sure to check up on me and guide me if something seems do be heading down another path then what they know I have set up. My close friends for over 10 years, Bert, Jean, Kierra, Kendall, Donald, Brandon and Ugent have seen me from the somewhat geek kid in middle and high school running track to now making content that people enjoy watching. They can tell you all the times I told them I wanted to create many films and tv shows to reach people around the world and now i’m at a point where I can do it and still doing it. My new group of family here in California Pedro, Jamon, Marcus and Jerrell we’re all from a different part of United States but we came to California to accomplish a goal and meeting these guys have made the process more easier especially when we all are working toward our goal in education and bringing to life the stories that we lived through growing up in the United States.