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Conversations with the Inspiring Jovan Luna

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jovan Luna.

Jovan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always had an affinity for storytelling. Growing up, I loved to watch movies and television and would play pretend with my brother and sisters. As much as I loved storytelling, I didn’t think it was possible for me to ever do it. Maybe it was upbringing. My mom worked like crazy to provide for us as well as all the adults in my family. Dreams are nice, but as I saw it, storytelling would only be that; a dream.

When I was 18, I joined the Army. It’s something all the men in my family did, so I was no exception. Fast forward through three combat tours and several deceased brave men and women, I realized how short life truly is. I can’t help but think how many unrealized dreams are buried in cemeteries across the world. I felt as a survivor, I have an obligation to my fallen comrades. That obligation is to go after your dreams and desires because they can no longer go after them. After 12 years of military service, the Army and I went our separate ways.

My wife Molly and I moved to Los Angeles in 2012 and started a fitness business from scratch. 90 days later we were a success. I had the privilege of training many actors and entertainers. Needless to say, it sparked the desire to story tell again. I left the business aside and used my G.I. Bill to pursue acting by attending the New York Film Academy. Halfway through the program, I realized that my true passion (and talent) really lies in screenwriting.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road hasn’t been smooth at all. After experiencing a loss in combat, I went through a bout of depression. I felt like I didn’t have focus. Most of all, I felt guilty. That’s not to say that it didn’t have its highlights. While I was in the Army, I met my wife, Molly. We had our ups and downs, but overall, having her in my life has made my creative journey a true blessing.

Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
Between attending school and screenwriting, my wife and my beautiful daughter, Aahana (2), take up most of my time. As far as my work is concerned, I’m currently finishing up a television pilot about a young woman who’s forced to navigate the underbellies of human trafficking in order to find her sister.

What sets me apart from others is the fact that I am me. I feel that our unique individuality should be celebrated more. In this day and age, it’s easy to think we have to do something grandiose in order to be seen as special. I truly believe that who we are individually is more than enough.

Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
Honestly, I can’t really recall too many significant childhood moments that played a part in who I am today.

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