Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Jean.
Samantha, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My whole life, I’ve wanted to be on stage or in the movies! When I was young, my mum put me into dancing lessons (apparently to help my coordination) and every day after school you could find me in a dance class. I entered every competition I could find and was a part of every stage performance I could squeeze my way into! Eventually, this dancing frenzy turned into musicals, which turned into a BA in Musical Theater, which eventually turned into a career in film and television. And the segue was definitely not out of the blue! I found myself obsessing over roles in films I wanted to play and began plotting a way to move from Australia to the states! With a slight detour on cruise ships and realizing a life at sea was definitely not the life for me, I eventually found my way to Hollywood.
In 2014, after graduating LaSalle College of the Arts (Singapore) with a BA in Musical Theater, I was lucky enough to book a role in ‘Beyond Skyline’ (Netflix) and I literally cried as I walked out of the shopping mall with the news! Fast forward two years and some of my dreams have finally come true! I am now an extremely lucky lady living in Los Angeles, just got married, and of course, chasing that acting career!
What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am first and foremost, an actress. I guess I’m fascinated by human behavior, emotions, relationships, why/what makes people do things they do. Before I became a professional actress I was actually studying a degree in Psychology. I wanted to get into criminal profiling. It was somewhat short-lived because I realized I wanted to study people through acting. Acting is not only about entertaining, but about educating and I really believe you can tell people’s stories through this art form. And naturally, I’m attracted to more dramatic, gritty roles haha! If only you knew how obsessed I am with crime shows, dramas, sci-fi’s, and superhero stuff. One day, I’m gonna save the world or someone or just make the world a better place.
I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I want my work to be good, something I’m proud of. It’s one thing to say you’re an actor, but not do anything to improve! I love learning, especially of others. I think its why I love the collaboration process of film/tv so much! There are so many talented people out there, making exceptional content, I just want to work with all of them! Long term, I would love to get into producing too, but I think that will come in time through other acting opportunities.
Right now, I’m completely inspired by Margot Robbie. She acts, she produces, she has her own production company, she is always looking for new content and people to work with, she is not afraid to try different things, and she 100% supports women in the industry. She does it all, I mean goals right there!
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
The financial struggle is REAL and is always going to be somewhat present, it comes with this type of job! Everything in this industry is unpredictable and there will always be highs and lows throughout your journey. You will no doubt have to work some bar gig or catering gig to help make ends meet but know that you are totally not alone in that! Trust me, I’m still working as a cater waiter. The real question is, is it worth it?
For me, there is nothing else I would rather be doing. Acting is my dream, so whatever path I have to take to get there, no matter how long it takes, I’ll take it. I am one of the lucky ones, who has an extremely supportive husband, who understands my dreams and helps me through my journey. And I am extremely grateful to have him in my life, but that’s not to say it’s all easy peasy. Classes are expensive, headshots are expensive, driving to auditions gets expensive, but this is why you’re here! Most of us came to LA with nothing more than small savings and a dream, so fight for what you want, what you deserve. 🙂
And don’t forget to live a little. It’s your own life experiences and the people you surround yourself with, that help define your path – cheesy I know, but its true!
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can catch ‘Beyond Skyline’ on Netflix, Amazon, Youtube and other platforms. Look out for Elaine, the pregnant one. 😉
The other projects I’m working on are coming soon! ‘Beneath the Black Veil’ Directed by Jason Koch (Dire Wit Films) has just released a first trailer which you can check out at https://www.beneaththeblackveil.com/.
As for the rest, stay tuned!
- Website: www.imdb.me/samanthajean
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: samanthajean_89
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