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Life & Work with Jessica Ingham

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Ingham.

Hi Jessica, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I started acting at a very young age, in elementary school musicals. I remember my first audition in grade 2 so clearly. I was too shy to sing in front of my classmates so they had to send everyone into the hall while the music teacher softly played the piano and he could barely hear me sing one note. I have clearly come a long way from my very first audition.

Since then, I have acted professionally in plays, musicals and film and tv shows. I also took the big leap and moved to LA at the age of 17 to study acting at AMDA and received my BFA in drama. Since graduating, I have been lucky enough to work on multiple film sets and acting in some very awesome indie films and even tv shows on Hulu and Netflix. Acting gave me the confidence to be comfortable in my own skin and the joy to inspire others.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I have been fully immersed into the LA professional acting scene for just over a year now. I believe I am very fortunate to be doing what I love and have loving family and friends to support me. Of course being an actor is hard, everyone knows that. However, graduating into a pandemic is incredibly hard. It added an extra bonus of struggle to the already struggling actor. 2020 was definitely the hardest year of my life, as it was for many others, but I am grateful that it has grown me into a stronger person. So far, 2021 has brought a lot of opportunities for me and I am forever grateful for any acting job, big or small.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am proud of every project that I have worked on in the past couple of years. One of my favorite roles was playing Mary Warren in the Crucible. I love taking on roles that are about real people because it allows me to have this connection with someone, even if I haven’t met them yet. I also think it is important to tell true stories and struggles that people have gone through. Additionally, I worked on a film called “Loaded” where my role was a possessed girl, just like the girl from the “shining”. Horror movies are my favorite to watch and act in especially supernatural horror. It has always been a dream of mine to play a possessed girl. So I am very honored to have already taken on a role I have dreamt playing. Recently, I was casted as a co-lead in an indie film where my character is in love with a musician and the relationship is in a dark place. I am looking forward to filming and creating my character for this upcoming film. I feel fortunate to have had many opportunities even though it has been a very difficult year. I am optimistic for the year ahead and cannot wait to see what the future brings.

How do you think about luck?
Since being from Canada originally, it has opened many doors for me. I’m able to work in two countries and I’m thankful that I can market myself in both places. Also, because I grew up in Vancouver for many years, so I was able to make multiple connections within the industry. This is now my 5th year in LA and I’m still constantly networking to establish myself in Hollywood as well.

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Both black and white photos by Ali Michelle

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