JR Strickland is a highly acclaimed filmmaker and artist, specializing in writing, directing, editing, visual effects, and music. He has worked with some of the biggest stars in entertainment including Nicki Minaj, Jamie Foxx, Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, and Big Sean. He has also received praise on his video works from Titanic and Avatar Executive Producer, Jon Landau.
Strickland was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Film & Video, and a concentration in Directing. After a successful stint of writing, directing, and creating VFX for commercials and music videos in Chicago, JR moved to Los Angeles, CA in 2014. Upon arriving to LA, JR linked up with 4 time Grammy Nominated production duo, Da Internz (Marcos Palacios and Ernest Clark). As an assistant and apprentice, JR worked with some of the biggest acts in the world, including a five day recording session with Nicki Minaj for her Grammy nominated hit single, “Anaconda”.
In 2015, JR began working under the award winning music video production company Riveting Entertainment as an editor, vfx artist, and director. JR’s work has since gained national praise, with fan favorite music videos such as Big Sean’s “Play No Games”, which MTV documented numerous fans labeling it as “Video of the Year”. Additionally, JR directed the video for Sevyn Streeter and B.o.B.’s “Shoulda Been There”, which has gained attention from nationally published outlets including Global Grind and B.E.T.