Today we’d like to introduce you to Jackie Young.
Jackie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up, my family loved watching comedy shows and movies. I remember watching All That, The Amanda Show, MadTV, or Saturday Night Live and thinking “I want to do that!” but as a kid, I had no clue how anyone got there.
I spent all of my childhood and college playing sports. I always wanted to be on stage as well, but couldn’t fit it in with my practices, training and games.
After I hung up the skates (I played ice hockey), I dove into improv classes outside of my corporate job. I googled my comedy heroes like Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, and Melissa McCarthy and read that they started with improv, so I figured why not try a class?
I quickly fell in love with performing, and after a few months, I decided to move to Los Angeles to train at The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade. Anndddd… here we are today! Of course, there is a lot to tell in between all of that, but that’s the short version.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
A personal struggle that I overcame was admitting that acting and comedy was what I wanted to do.
At first, if someone asked, I would say I was taking improv classes ‘just for fun’ because I was afraid of their reaction if I said I wanted to BE a comedian. What if they thought I was crazy! Or if they said “Ohh that’s nice!” but their voice went really high pitched.
Performing was new to me, so it took me a while to be confident enough to admit that I wanted to make a career out of comedy and acting. Ahhh, personal growth!
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
Currently, I’m performing in the Sunday Company at The Groundlings Theatre on Melrose. We write and perform a new sketch show every Sunday night at 7:30. Come see a show!
When it’s not Sunday, I am working on writing, producing and creating digital content with friends (www.jackieyoungcomedy.com/@therealjackayy).
I also have monthly improv shows in LA with my teams Fruits & Nuts and Local Honeys. Whether improvising or performing sketches, I love creating big characters and bringing them to life.
Who else deserves credit – have you had mentors, supporters, cheerleaders, advocates, clients or teammates that have played a big role in your success or the success of the business? If so – who are they and what role did they plan / how did they help.
My family and community in the Boston area deserve a lot of credit. They have cheered me on and supported me my whole life. They were the first people to ever laugh at me, even if it wasn’t on stage! I’m also thankful for the Pittsburgh improv community, where I first started performing.
The Groundlings School has played a huge role in my growth as a writer and performer. Their classes have helped me hone my characters and expand that into writing and performing sketch comedy. Being in the Sunday Company is a huge honor. And crazy and wild and fun!
Lastly, my friends and peers within the comedy community are amazing. They are my ‘teammates’ and make performing and creating a blast!
- Website: www.jackieyoungcomedy.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @therealjackayy
Rose Colored Photography, Charlie Parada/Chris Guerra