Jared Flesher is the editor of Edible Jersey magazine, devoted to telling the story of the local food movement in America’s most densely populated state. His is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker, whose environmental films include Sourlands and Field Biologist. At this exact moment, he’s working on a quirky new webseries about threatened and endangered species called The Creature Show. www.creatureshow.com
What do you do best?
I like to tell stories.
What makes you the best?
When I write an article or make a documentary, I choose subjects that I care about. Because I care, it gives me extra strength to overcome obstacles and cheerfully work long hours.
How will you become the best?
What are your aspirations?
Personal: I’m a big believer in the middle way, that balance is important. So I aspire to be a loyal, engaged friend and family member as well as professionally successful.
Business: The journalism industry is still in flux right now, and everyone is wondering how it will pay for itself over the long run. Both as a magazine editor and as a documentary filmmaker, I’m interested in being a part of building business models that make good journalism financially sustainable.
I can offer up a few. For motivation, Steve Martin once said the secret to success is to be so good they can’t ignore you. I like that. A classic is, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” When it comes to protecting biodiversity, a specific passion of mine, I think the whole world should adopt the motto, “No species left behind.”
I’ve had stellar parents, a loving sister, and good friends. I really respect authors who have written books that have changed the way I look at the world, and they include E.O. Wilson, Michael Pollan, John McPhee and David Quammen. I’d love to sit in sometime and watch the filmmaker Errol Morris interview someone on camera, I think I’d learn a lot.
New Jersey, the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica
I have a new camera, the Panasonic GH4, and I think it’s the ultimate stealth filmmaking weapon. I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I drink Yuengling
I have a big garden, and I find great enjoyment in growing lots of different kinds of food on a small scale. I spend many hours every week hiking or jogging through the woods, and just kind of looking around.