601 Spotlight: Roy Schwalbach of Jack Studios
Hear from owner and founder, Roy Schwalbach of Jack Studios. One of the first tenants in Starrett-Lehigh who attracted many of the creative businesses here today.
What are you currently working on?
It’s more like “what am I not working on.”
How did you end up at Starett-Lehigh, when and why?
I was walkin’ down the street lookin’ up. The building had tall ceilings, huge windows and awesome natural daylight. That was 1995, the first one in this building… when everyone else told me I was crazy for being here.
If your work could make a change in this world what would you want it to be?
I’d help the people who really need it. The less fortunate. Where would you go with $500,000 – I’d like to identify the families personally that I could help. Not go through an organization, but personally connect with the people. Definitely wouldn’t become the world’s next billionaire to wait ‘til I die to do some good. I would want to be part of the process.
Can you tell us about your process?
Forward. I am constantly moving forward. I might fall off, but I still keep going. I have an idea and move forward.
Can you share your secret for success and longevity?
95% of it is showing up. And it doesn’t cost anything to be nice.
The biggest challenge you face in your work:
I want to be with my son. But I realize that what I am doing here is creating good – it’s creating jobs, helping families, bringing people together. Otherwise I would cash in and be with my son.
Being a creative: do you love it, hate it, both at the same time, somewhere in between?
I love it… I love it.