Interviewing Jake Eddington

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.

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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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I want to wake up, in a city that never sleeps

My August 2013 trip was a fairly quick one, staying only 3 days in Brooklyn (plus 2 long days of travel). I was able to visit the city though and see the show ‘Potted Potter’ (the Unauthorized Harry Experience). Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner were incredible and I thoroughly enjoyed it (I’m an avid Harry Potter fan). It was very funny, interactive and great for the entire family. I attended  Playtime New York (trade show featuring some incredible kids designers) and had the pleasure of working with 16 kids and teens (3-19 years) photographing their acting headshots and modeling comp cards along with the incredible Jenna Baltes (hair/make-up artist from Chicago). We had a blast and can’t wait to come back to New York for another round of photo shoots.

Photography by Rena Durham

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Back to School MadPax Giveaway

WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN… CHARITY SHILKRET, Congratulations!

 

I can not believe how fast summer has flown by. What happened to starting school mid September like when I was a kid – it seems like it creeps up earlier and earlier every year. That being said, I thought I would give away an amazing MADPAX Backpack to one lucky winner – your kid will surely be the hit of their class. Have you seen these backpacks? We get complimented on ours everywhere we go. The below photo is of Kenton Duty from a Back to School photo shoot I did with him with the ‘Great White Later Gator’ Backpack. (You won’t receive this exact backpack). Winner will have a couple color and style options to choose from (suitable for boys or girls). See below for entry details.

How do you enter to win?

1. LIKE my FACEBOOK Page!

2. SHARE this blog post on your Facebook page (shares must be public – if you see the globe, you know you did it correctly) – the quicker we get to 4K likes, the faster I can give away the backpack

3. Comment on this blog post and tell me that you did it!

EXTRA ENTRIES:

1. Subscribe to my blog!! (then leave a comment here telling us about it)

2. Go follow me on Instagram #renadurham (then leave a comment here telling us about it)

3. Tweet about the giveaway

If you are on twitter, tweet about this giveaway by posting a link to this blog post or mentioning us @renadurham (then leave a comment here telling us you tweeted)

 

Once my facebook page reached 4,000 LIKES – I will give away the backpack…

—–> Please note: If you don’t see your comments appear right away…don’t worry. I moderate all comments and they will be approved and posted so no need to post again. 

The Fine Print (Terms and Conditions): This contest ends midnight PST Sunday, August 11, 2013. One winner will be selected by random.org. Entries will be based on the # of your comment entry on http://www.renadurhamblog.com in conjunction with the giveaway. We never add your personal information to our mailing list, sell it or give it away. You do not need to give us your mailing info unless you win in which you must provide your name, mailing address, e-mail and phone #. Your contact information will be shared with the participating vendors (we are not responsible for 3rd party privacy rules). No purchase is necessary to enter. You must be 18 years of age to enter any of our giveaways and be a resident of the United States. WE DO NOT SHIP PRIZES OUTSIDE THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES. Winner’s name will be announced on my blog. If you do not want your name announced, please do not enter. This prize package has no cash value and is non-transferable. You must be a fan of my facebook page to win (it will be verified and if not a new winner will be chosen). Winners must respond within 24 hours of being announced by contacting me at info@renadurham.com and sending me their contact information. If you do not respond within this time frame, a new winner may be chosen, or forfeit the prize. Rena Durham reserves the right to change or alter these rules at any time, so check back often. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Kenton Duty, Disney or MadPax. You understand that you are providing your information to Rena Durham Photography, and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for prize notification and fulfillment purposes. Any questions or comments should be directed to Rena Durham Photography regarding this giveaway.

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Interviewing Vanessa Howard


This will be the first of hopefully many interviews with talented kids and teens who have found success within the entertainment industry jungle. I hope to also bring you interviews with industry professionals (agents, managers, casting directors, etc.) to hopefully bring some insight to those who dream of having their (or their child’s) name in lights. For most, success doesn’t come overnight. Modeling has been a blast for  14 year-old, Vanessa Howard but also lots of hard work & dedication! She was discovered at a local mall by a talent scout at 6 years old, and has been pursuing her dreams as a multi-talented model, actress and singer ever since. Some of Vanessa’s credits include ad campaigns such as Gap Kids, Forever 21, Land’s End, H&M, Target, Garnet Hill, Tilly’s, Justice and Disney and Acting credits: Little Fockers, Knocked Up, Chuck & Larry and Grey’s Anatomy

 

When and how did you get started in show business?

I was spotted at the mall by an acting school representative at 6 yrs old.  I took acting classes at the school and was referred to my first modeling agency.  My mother then submitted my pictures to Ford agency 6 months later and was offered a contract.  I was with Ford for 7 years until the agency recently closed the kids’ division nationally.  My agent transferred to LA Models/LA Talent where I am currently represented.  


What were some things that you wish you knew just starting out, that you know now? 

When I started out, I was really shy & I would always worry when I was younger.  I know now it is about having fun on set, meeting people, and having a good experience.


How do you deal with rejection (not booking the job or getting the part)?

I just shrug it off because with every audition you do, the closer you get to booking the job and you learn a lot along the way.

How do you approach or prepare for an audition? 

If it is for a scene, I rehearse it a few times.  I usually make sure I am calm and to be friendly, outgoing, and social when I am in the room.

 

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?

I don’t get nervous when I go on a job because I’ve already booked it.  For auditions, it depends what kind of audition it is for. With print auditions, I just go in and pose for pictures.  For commercials or theatrical auditions, the pressure of having lines down or doing it well makes me nervous.

 

Do you ever get ‘burnt out’ or tired of pursuing a career in show business? How do you deal with that?

I do get burnt out sometimes because it’s a lot of time and hard work but I just keep going.  I deal with it by skipping an audition here and there to relief the stress.


You are the top booking model in your division at your agency. What do you attribute to that? (why do you think that is).

I think it is a combination of things.  It could be because I have the look companies look for.  I have fun on all of my shoots I book and I think it shows my shots.  Also, the more I book, the more experience I have and companies like that.  I’m very grateful for every opportunity I get and thank the companies I work for every time because having looks does not guarantee you will book, especially if you have a bad attitude.


How important is it to have professional photos (acting headshots, modeling comp card)? or a variety of photos in your portfolio? Have you ever booked jobs just from your photos?

Professional photos are very important because you need good headshots.  You don’t want poor quality pictures.  The more photos you have in your portfolio the better.  Also, having pictures of your bookings in your portfolio shows how much work you’ve done and that you’re a professional and have more experience.  Companies sometime book you based on your experience.

 

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 had various coaches for acting, music, and singing.  It is good to have a coach that will teach you how to get better and also have fun with what you do.  Professional training is very important with anything you do.

You are also pursing music. Can you tell me a bit about that? (what type of music, what you are working on, etc.). 

I have been playing piano for eight years and guitar for two. I also learned the violin at school for 3 years.  I’ve had some public singing performances.  I’ve had thoughts of being a professional singer but would now like to be an actress who can sing.  I like soft rock and original bands.  I am really not into pop music because I feel it’s too predictable.

What is the weirdest thing you have had to do on an audition or a job (or the most challenging)? The most fun?

The most challenging audition I have done is dancing to music on the spot.  It is hard to come up with moves off the top of my head since I do not have much of a dance background.

 

Who do you look up to in the industry? 

For modeling, I look up to the top models such as the Victoria Secrets models. For acting, I look up to good actors like Amanda Seyfried.

 

Who is your biggest supporter?

My parents are my biggest supporters.


What advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue a career in show business?

I would advise to give it all you’ve got and go all the way with it.  You have to be determined and strong because there is a lot of rejection in the business.  You either put all your effort or none, because going halfway not get you far.

 

You can follow Vanessa’s career by liking her fan page on Facebook.

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