Beachcomber contributing writer Samantha Lambert sat down recently for a chat with local businessman and filmmaker Jared Cramblet, who was featured in last issue’s News from Beachcomberland.
Tell us about yourself—your background, family, etc.
I grew up as a military kid. My dad was in the Air Force and we moved around a lot. We moved to Crestview in 1996, and I graduated from Crestview High School. After high school, I spent six years active duty in the Air Force and three years reserve duty in the Air National Guard. After that, I bartended while I earned my degree from the University of West Florida in Communications with a minor in Marketing. I got married almost three years ago to my wife Kelby Rae.
Was there a particular time or event that made you realize that you knew what you wanted to do with your life?
After college, I got an internship with BOTE Paddleboards based in Destin and owned by Corey and Magda Cooper. I learned more in my four months interning with them than I ever did in college. It changed my life! I knew I wanted to have my own company. I even had a podcast studio at their office, and I was their first paid employee.
What was the most important lesson you learned that had a positive effect on your work?
Find people doing cool things…do things with them…become peers. That has become my mantra.
Tell us about your work as a booking agent for bands and working with Panhandle-based film production company Lensea Film.
The name of my booking company is Namesake Entertainment. My brother Matthew works with me. We book over 1,000 shows a year. In the film world, I have a lot of creative flexibility and get to write and discuss concepts.
What are some projects that you are working on right now?
The number one project right now is the pilot episode of a show called Micro Bros at SweetWater Brewery in Atlanta, Georgia. It features both me and Jarrod Michael Moxley as hosts. We discover authentic stories through visits to breweries while exploring the surrounding culture. I also get to work on films involving fiber optics and private jet companies.
Who have been big influences on you?
Definitely the Coopers, 100 percent. Destyn Patera of Lensea Film has influenced me a lot. Also, the band I’magene. I toured the country with them for four years. I admire their work ethic and positivity.
What is your favorite part about your work? Least favorite?
I log 60 to 80 hours a week for work. My work offers me a tremendous sense of freedom. The least favorite part is that I always need to be “on.”
What advice would you offer for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Don’t do it! (laughs) But seriously—work as hard as you can and allow yourself to take joy in the success of others, but do so without constantly comparing. Teddy Roosevelt said “Comparison is the thief of joy,” and that rings true on a daily basis.
What do you like to do in your downtime?
Spend time with my wife and my two dogs (lab mixes).
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
My first job in high school at Burger King for $5.15 an hour.
What does the future hold for Jared Cramblet?
I just hope I get to keep doing what I have been doing for the last five years. Working with artists, in any fashion, is where I feel my most intentional sense of purpose lies. The future kind of freaks me out, but I guess personally, for my family—health. For Micro Bros (to be) picked up by a network or streaming service. For the artists I represent, the continued stream of creativity. And for our planet, a cleaner understanding.
Mr. Cramblet also hosts Trivia Night every Tuesday at Destin’s Mellow Mushroom. Stop by and tell him Beachcomber sent you!