Jacob is a 2015 graduate of Flashpoint Chicago's Film program. Also known as Yakub Films, he's a director, DP, editor and content creator. He's worked with artists including Chance the Rapper, Good Charlotte, Saba, Joey Purp and brands such as Lollapalooza, HBO, Trap Karaoke, Corona, Converse, Jordan brand and others.
What are you most proud of since the start of Yakub Films?
Since the start of Yakub Films, I have been blessed to fulfill dreams that I believed in since I started filmmaking. Rather than working in an office five days a week, I always wanted to have my talents take me on the road, traveling for my income in the music industry. There have been numerous experiences I’m proud of but three of them stick out to me. One of them was to work with Chance the Rapper. He and I have developed a relationship and worked on a few projects together over the years. Another was to tour with a rapper, creating social media content. In fall of 2017, I did 60 days on a tour bus with Joey Purp. We created about 30 pieces of content, and it was really great stuff. Also, my favorite job: working on Lollapalooza. With a passion for quick turnover content and working in music, it was my dream to be involved in the Lollapalooza content. This will be my fourth year now as the lead editor/co-director for Lollapalooza, and we have created some incredible content, and the quality has evolved immensely.
What has been the greatest challenge you have encountered and how have you overcome it?
The greatest challenges I have faced all come down to my weaknesses in time management. Being a freelancer, sometimes I would find myself with 20 projects going on at once. I had to learn how to be fast, manage time and also stay at the top of my game. Through things like meditation, exercise and finding personal time to relax, I am still working on these areas and grow better everyday.
What would you say is one of the most important assets to have in your industry?
One of the most important assets to have in this industry is to be hungry. Be hungry to grow, become better and enjoy every part of the process. Every project, you should be learning something about yourself or your talents.
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Why did you choose Flashpoint Chicago?
After my school search, I chose Flashpoint Chicago because I had a very good meeting with Yuri and the dean. They went through the enrollment process with me in a very thorough way and advocated on behalf of my creative aspirations. As I went through the campus tour, I felt that the environment was very communal and close-knit which made me feel welcomed and embraced for who I am.
What are you most looking forward to after graduating from Flashpoint Chicago?
After graduation, I plan on pursuing an internship at a recording studio, possibly working part-time as a Live Sound Engineer for venues in Chicago, voice acting for narrations and commercials, as well as continuing to produce my own music and network with other Artists
in my area.
What advice do you have for fellow students?
Always stay passionate and be persistent through the tough times. Sometimes we run into failure and doubt, which can be discouraging, but as long you continue to work on your craft and do your personal best on whatever project you're working on, doors will open up for you.
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IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
INDUSTRY EVENTS & NEWS
SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
Join us for an exclusive, one night only, screening of brand new and award winning shorts from local Chicago film makers! This evening will not only premiere two new shorts from Redleg Films, but also feature works by Erin Breen, George Ellzey, Kyle Niemmer, Elise Zell, Fatal Funnel Films, Rogue Shark Picutres and Commune.
Admission is free with a cash bar provided.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
1225 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
FRESHMAN: A SHOW ABOUT YOUR TERRIBLE EARLY ART
Some of Chicago's best comics will share their first insufferable piece of writing or early attempt at performance art.
We all have an insufferable piece of writing or first attempt at performance art hiding in an attic somewhere. Some of the best comics in Chicago will be sharing theirs at this not-to-be-missed night of comedy.
FREE and BYOB, plus 10% discount on any store purchase.
Diaries, letters, artwork, songs, it’s all fair game.
Thursday, May 9, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
5224 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
ARTIST LINK UP
Artists, musicians, creative folks looking to discuss projects, exchange ideas, network and find inspiration.
Calling ALL artists! Have you ever wanted to attend a networking event with artists of all mediums? Whether you are an aspiring or seasoned artist, this event is for you! This is a good opportunity for artists to meet other creatives to work with on anything from social, to co-write, performing etc.
Admission is free of charge and there are no speakers or sales pitches, just a great night connecting with real people. Bring your business cards, make new friends, or simply mingle with accomplished artists.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT
2620 W North
Chicago, IL 60647
ROCKWELL ARTIST COLLECTIVE - ART EXHIBITION, OPENING NIGHT
Rockwell Artist Collective first juried art exhibition featuring artwork by Chicago’s most promising emerging artists. FREE.
Brandon Johnson, craftsman and oil painter
Charles Pachter - photographer
Chava Mancera - painter, photographer, costume designer
Christopher Hardgrove, MFA, - textiles
Daniel Gamez - cyanotype / photography
Denise Belland - acrylic painting and graphic design
Jiajue (JoJo) Wang - oil, crayon and paper on canvas
Xochilt Martinez - oil paintings
Friday, May 31, 2019
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT
3065 N Rockwell St
3065 North Rockwell Street
Chicago, IL 60618
MIYAZAKI'S SPIRITED AWAY: FREE SCREENING
Before our Lo-Fi Hip Hop Beats & Chill event, join us for a special screening of Miyazaki's animated classic Spirited Away.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Doors at 7:00 PM CDT
3530 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
STATE OF THE MUSIC BUSINESS IN CHICAGO A MUSIC MONDAY IN MAY PANEL DISCUSSION
Music professionals have voiced the need to discuss the state of the Chicago media, and their support for local musical talent or perceived lack thereof.
This panel discussion will feature Chicago-area media representatives and music business influencers to discuss the current state of Chicago media in music, its impact and value to an artist and how to leverage various media platforms for the future
Vanessa Abron of Agency Abron will host and moderate the event.
6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. - Check-In/Networking
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Discussion
7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Q&A
8:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Closing remarks/Networking
Barbara A. McDowell (B.A.M) - Power 92 and Soul 106.3 Music Director
Carla D. Brown - Support the Dope Radio Podcast Host | Music Journalist | Artist Manager
DJ Mile High - Event, Club and WGCI Radio Mixshow DJ
Francesca Fontenot/ The Franchiise - Twitter Brand Program Manager | Blackbirds Co-Chair | Blacks Excelling in Sales & Tech President | DJ & Events Curator
Justyna Syska - ABC 7 Chicago producer
Portia King - Music Journalist | Media Personality | REVOLT TV, Twitter, the A3C Conference, and Bumble | REVOLT TV, Twitter, the A3C Conference, and Bumble
Monday, May 20, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
515 N State Street