Meet The Crew: Jess Garcia

Jess Garcia-CEO/Founder

Jessica Garcia was born in Glendale, California, and always had a passion for music. Growing up in the Garcia household meant growing up with music - it was in their blood. Her mother was a musician, and her family was routinely involved with their church’s worship group. That tradition of music continued after her family moved to Maryland when Jess was 12. Her continued involvement with her worship group taught her about music production at a young age, giving her experience with sound engineering that would stay with her throughout her adolescence. Though her personal life hasn’t always been easy, she overcame a number of hard times and distractions, which caused her to develop a strong sense of responsibility, and a determined work-ethic as a result.

Going to college, Jess was originally enrolled as a nursing student, but took an electronic music course, which solidified her passion for music production. She continued to study music recording, and changed to a vocal performance major, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. While in college, one of her professors offered to help her enroll in an audio/visual class to learn more about other technologies other than those centered around music recording, and she immediately fell in love. She continued to develop her skills behind the camera, and was involved in several projects that helped her develop her skills as a writer, director, and producer. While making a film for one of those college classes, Jess decided to take the project process even further, and founded Springwood Productions.

After college, Jess had a job with an AV company, before leaving to dedicate her full efforts to the development of Springwood Productions. She was also in bands and was doing singer-songwriter work until Springwood picked up, which caused her to stray from making music. But everything comes full circle, and through Springwood, she was able to rediscover music in a completely different way. Founding Springwood Productions showed her that there are no limits to what she is able to do.

Jess has been able to build a network of friends and partners who work together to create quality content with Springwood Productions. She has been around the world on a number of different jobs, working with people that she looked up to when she was younger, and putting out work that was up to par with their work. She has filmed for several television shows such as Impractical Jokers and Nitro Circus. Her work has taken her to China, Ethiopia, and all across the the United States, from California to New York, and all along the eastern seaboard, filming for Springwood, and for other projects. She has won several independent film awards, and was even chosen out of hundreds of cinematographers to lead a retreat of videographers and entrepreneurs to The Bahama Islands. Springwood Productions has opened so many doors for Jess, and she’s not done yet.

Jess frequently speaks at conferences, schools, and festivals about subjects in her field, or about subjects that are otherwise important to her. Springwood Productions has given her a platform to talk not only about her experience in the fields of videography and entrepreneurship, but also about issues that women face in the music industry, and issues that the LGBTQ+ community faces. While coming out was a hurdle in her life, music helped Jess discover how open and accepting people are, and her goal has since been to inspire people in the same vein. She wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the foundational support of her beautiful wife Erica who pushes her to be more open and accepting of herself and her work.  Being her own boss, Jess is able to dip her feet in many ponds, doing anything that her heart calls for, and she hopes to continue to make amazing work that inspires people for years to come.