This is my second interview with an amazing kid who has found success within the entertainment industry jungle. I hope to also bring you interviews with industry professionals (agents, managers, casting directors, etc.) in the future. to hopefully bring some insight to those who dream of having their (or their child’s) name in lights.
Jake Eddington has been working within the commercial print world for the past 2 years, shooting such campaigns as H&M, Hurley, Target, Nike and Sketchers. With a personality to match that sparkling smile, it is of no surprise that Jake is finding success in the acting field, as well. Upcoming projects include films ‘Kitchen Sink’ and ‘Platinum the Dance Movie’ and past film, ‘April Rain’. Jake talks about things he has learned while pursuing his dreams and gives helpful tips and advice to those who hope to walk in his shoes one day.
When and how did you get started in show business?
I started print and commercial when I was 10 years old while theatrical was when I was eleven. (*note* Jake is now 12 years)
What were some things that you wish you knew just starting out, that you know now?
Fidgeting and eye darting must be avoided at all costs during auditions.
How do you deal with rejection (not booking the job or getting the part)?
I just keep calm and think that the next one will be better. I believe what’s meant to be will happen if I work hard.
How do you approach or prepare for an audition (acting and print)?
I think happy thoughts because it helps me think positive and relax during auditions.
Do you ever get nervous when you go into the room for an audition (or on a job) and how do you deal with nerves?
It sorta depends on the audition and I imagine that I am the character. I’ve learned that if I am prepared I’m not as nervous.
Do you ever get ‘burnt out’ or tired of pursuing a career in show business? How do you deal with that?
I try to take a little break to refresh myself and when an audition comes I am excited.
You have booked a lot of work as a model. What do you attribute to that? (why do you think that is) and What are some of the jobs you have worked?
I think I’ve been really lucky because there are a lot of cool talented people in the entertainment business. I think its important to follow directions and be mellow on set when you are not shooting and have energy when you are. I think that booking print jobs helped me with confidence and being outgoing. Some include- Target, Hurley, Petco, H&M, IcePeak, Sony, Hyundai, Nissan, Nike, Sketchers, and many more.
How important is it to have professional photos? or a variety of photos in your portfolio? Have you ever booked jobs just from your photos?
For theatrical I think it is helpful because they each show different sides of you that you could play in projects. Direct bookings are the best in the print world. You don’t even have to go to the casting and go straight to the fun job. For theatrical jobs I either have to go in person or self tape usually to book. That would be cool though to direct book a movie.
Have you ever taken any classes or workshops for acting, print, music, dance? Are there any that you would recommend? How important is training in your profession?
I have done classes and think they have helped me with my acting. I also have done theater productions and have taken years of hip hop dance and popping and waving. I love music and buy I-Tunes cards to update my library frequently.
What is one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
I think most people would be surprised to know that I can read, write, and speak fluently in Spanish even though I don’t look like it. I would LOVE to book a movie in Spanish. I love going out for roles in both English and Spanish and reading books in both languages. I LOVE to read all kinds of books and have been in book clubs.
What is the weirdest thing you have had to do on an audition or a job (or the most challenging)? The most fun?
The weirdest thing during an audition was probably playing a really mature yet evil boy because he had two sides of him like Jeckyll and Hyde. Once I was told to dance at an audition. I was thinking hip hop or freestyle. Then they turned on tribal like music and it was all a bit strange but I went with it. I was shocked to get a callback the next day. You just never know in this business.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you on an audition or a job?
It was for a commercial and I had to climb up a block and I slipped off it and fell on my knee and was bleeding and they didn’t have a band-aide.
Who do you look up to in the industry?
I look up to the actor who plays Scooby Doo, Frank Welker because he inspired me to become an actor and it’s my goal to meet him and star in a film with him.
Who is your biggest supporter?
My whole family. They are sooooo supportive and proud of me.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue a career in show business?
I would say that they should never give up and try new things because anything could happen. If you believe you can succeed. “When life gives you lemons, make orange juice and leave the world wondering how you did it.” I found this quote for my 6th grade graduation and it is my favorite.
(Jake is currently represented by Paloma Model and Talent)
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