Jason Suarez

Sports Photographer

“NotAfraid2Fail”

Location

Queens, NY

Also known by the moniker “notafraid2fail,” Jason Suarez is always motivated to perform his best. Jason grew up in one of the most culturally diverse places in the world: Queens, New York. It is here that the roots of his passion for both sports and visual storytelling were first planted. As a kid, he played basketball, baseball, and taekwondo. He picked up track and field later in life and has since run 3 marathons. Everywhere he went, he met people of all kinds and learned valuable lessons that reflect in his work to this day. He has the charisma and empathy to connect with people from a wide range of backgrounds because of these experiences.

He attended Fairleigh-Dickinson University from 2004 to 2009 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. In 2008, he worked on a show called Mets Weekly, but soon left the project after the economy crashed. After graduating, he continued working in the TV industry to leverage his connections. He worked as a production assistant for Tupelo Honey Productions, was Director of Videography for Converse at Art Basel Miami, and has been published in Juxtapoz Magazine. He also works at Apple as a retail expert and mentors his peers for over a decade.

Jason’s hustle is unmatched and it shows. His work has been featured in retail stores across the globe and he’s in the slot to shoot the Olympic Games in 2021. His clientele include Nike, Adidas, Uber Eats, USA Track and Field, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and more. Recently, he collaborated with Duy Nguyen to create a zine called “Long Distance,” which shared the stories of runners all over the world. The proceeds from the zine sales benefit Doctors Without Borders to help offset the costs of medical aid during the current pandemic.

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My Advice

“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition — they somehow already know what you truly want to become.”

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