June 17, 2024

What was the greatest moment of 2020 for you?

Not many people liked 2020 – I’m one of those too. I did have a lot of positives happen though when I really think about it. My greatest moment would have to be booking my first job as an actor behind the camera. Even though it was just an extra on a show, it helped me understand what being on set was like. Let me add that “just an extra” still requires a lot. I had to listen to direction, be focused and committed. It was my first experience behind the camera but I’ve done a lot more since that moment and with every project I’ve learned something new.  

How do you want your art to be remembered? 

I want it to be inspiring for other young people who want to be actors. I want them to watch my projects and realize that they can be whatever they want to be and that they can do anything they put their mind to. I want to leave everything on that set for every project and be known for that guy who gave it their all – every time.

How have you felt most appreciated as a creative and artist? 

I have felt appreciated by being cast and given a chance by directors. I know that it must be hard to choose from so many videos that are submitted, so the fact that some of them choose me feels incredible. I’m beyond thankful to work with such amazing talent on set too. The welcoming environment I have felt in projects I have worked in also make me feel appreciated.  

Who have been your strongest allies in your career? 

My strongest allies are definitely my parents. They support me in everything I want to do. They help me get to where I want to get to and they are really my top supporters. They’re the ones encouraging me off set as well as on set, they pay for everything, and they take me to sets and rehearsals. Their support means the world to me. They’re my biggest fans!

What do you see as the most important part of your journey? 

Getting as much experience and continuing to learn as much as I can seems to be one of the most important things to do in this industry. Some directors might look at someone’s resume and see that they may not have as much experience as another person. It’s happened to me a couple times but all I can do is submit and forget about it. Always train and learn. Developing relationships is also very important. I’ve met some incredible directors that I hope to work with again. 

Please tell us about your latest project and how we can get involved!

There are two projects that I worked on simultaneously. The first one is called Unity: A New Dawn. It’s a horror series about children and adults who are trying to survive in an apocalyptical world. It’s going to start off on YouTube on March 31st but I hope it gets on a streaming service in the future. Please watch and share! The second is a short film called Stand Out. It’s a must see! It’s about a teenager struggling with being biracial. It’s a topic that reaches many. The director is hoping to promote it in a way that it will generate enough interest to make into a feature film. I hope it gets that far. I loved this project so much!

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My Instagram is @jcollazolopez