Today we’d like to introduce you to Jade Kaiser.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jade. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born at Long Beach Memorial Hospital as a glorious 7 pounds and 11 ounces and I am an actor in Los Angeles. I recently graduated from Loyola Marymount University and the summer before my last semester I was at a loss. I felt like I had all the tools and training to attack a career in acting but no one to guide me. I emailed over 50 different agents and managers inquiring about meetings. I got new headshots and spent hours editing my reel. I bought IMDB Pro. I started reading deadline every morning. I ordered the top 5 actor biographies to read. While I drove, I would listen to actor’s podcast to see how they “made it” in this industry. BUT now what? These podcasts or youtube interviews I had been watching all discussed topics about what they are working on currently and everything after they had already “made it”. I needed to hear how they went from working for El Pollo Loco as a dancing chicken to being a principal role in the movie “Fight Club”. OR what happens between working at Hooters to booking “American Hustle”. OR saying “Would you like fries with that?” at McDonalds to landing the part of Ally in “The Notebook”. How? I was dying to know how they did it. How did their struggles become successes? How did they get someone to take a chance on them. What was their day to day rituals to manifest their own destinies? Was it always not “If” but “When”?
And that is when The Green Actors Guild Podcast was born. In my lowest of lows and constant doubts of how to make a living from acting, I decided the young “Green” actors, with all the fire in their bellies, needed to be inspired by the “working actor”. The actor that is working at TGI Fridays at night to leave their days open for auditions. The actor asking for UCB classes for Christmas and new headshots for their birthday. The actor who found themselves on the stage in middle school and never looked back. These green actors are hungry and I wanted to serve some interviews that they would make them come back for seconds. So, When my senior thesis professor asked me what I wanted to do for my thesis, I said: “I want to create a podcast for the hungry green actors that desire to make acting into a career, not just an art form.”
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Let me first say that money moves mountains, but without mental strength and drive money is just a currency. Being a broke a$$ college student, my funds were low to support all my ideas. Thank God my lovely boyfriends is a music producer/sound designer so he had mics for me to borrow for my interviews since all the technology to create a podcast with amazing audio can be pricey.
Another hiccup was not having a very professional space to record these interviews. I could’ve rented a studio like most people but it was not in my price range. So, I decided to use my universities’ studio rooms. I felt a little weird making industry professionals come to college to be interviewed but I convinced myself to create great content and it won’t matter where it was recorded. It’s a podcast! The audience does not know where you are anyway!
The last major hiccup (which I feel this is the hardest struggle for lots of people with business ideas) was getting people to hear about it and more importantly listen. I hired one of my close photography friends, Gatsby Keyes to take socials of me for my podcast. I wanted to use these photos for the podcast Instagram to promote it. Let me also include that I am horrible at self-promotion. I don’t like it. It stresses me out. This whole Instagram era we live in is amazing but also competitively hard. In the last year, I have worked on being better at promoting myself and the work that I am doing but I could always be better. Side note: I read a book called “Share Your Work” by Austin Kleon if any of you also struggle with this it’s great read! I came up with a phrase I like to remind myself with and it is “Share Don’t Show”.
It reminds me to share with people and include them on my journey don’t just spit information at them to make yourself feel better. I always say that success is only amazing when you have people to share it with. So don’t be an a$$ and celebrate other’s success. Okay, back to the photos. I paired the idea of being a green actor to small plants. A green actor is like a little spud in rich soil. It has all the training, tools, and ingredients to be a powerful plant but it just needs someone to water it, provide sunlight and give it a chance to grow. So I took a bunch of pics of me with my green little plants!
Please tell us about Green Actors Guild Podcast.
This podcast is to help actors know the exact up to date do’s and don’ts of the entertainment industry. If you are looking for commercial agents you can listen to the episode with Elizabeth Warren who is a commercial agent at Abrams Talent Agency. If you are curious about Publicity and if it is time for you to get a publicist you can listen to the episode with Zack Tepperman at ZTPR. If you want to know how to start a YouTube channel and make money off it you might want to check out the interview with Kallie Kaiser. If you want to dig deep into the world of voiceover you’d like the episode with Catherine Cavadini who is the voice of Blossom in the Powerpuff Girls. If your goal is to be on SNL you need to listen to Amanda McCants on comedic acting. My point is, there are so many avenues to go into within the entertainment world but it can be hard to get answers. This podcast can help you get a kick start into the right direction. Some of these people may only be ten steps or even five steps ahead of you in their careers, but that is five steps that you haven’t climbed and wouldn’t it be nice to master those steps so there is less likely of a chance you’ll fall on your face?
I had a callback the other day for a car commercial and I just wanted some inspiration and motivation before I walked into that audition room. So, what did I put on during my drive? Episode 2 with Jane and Randy McPherson on Commercial Acting. If you do feel there is a category I am missing on my podcast or an interviewed you’d like to see or even someone you would recommend me interviewing! Please DM the @greenactorsguild podcast on Instagram and I promise I will respond.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck. I always used to say that I lived on the struggle bus and bad luck just followed me. I don’t believe that anymore today. Luck is hard work meets opportunity. If you are working hard you will allow yourself to be in the places where doors will at some point open for you.
I do feel lucky to have a loving supportive family. They have not always understood everything about my profession but they really try hard. I am lucky to have siblings that keep me humble and will be by my side my whole life. I am lucky to be in a relationship with a man who encourages my dreams and wants nothing more than for me to achieve them. I am lucky to have passionate, inspiring friends who creatively drive me. I am lucky to be healthy and given a fully functioning body to achieve my passions. But when it is my turn to book a major role in a film or a reoccurring character on a tv series I will not say I was lucky. I will say that all those months basically living out of my orange smart car and working two jobs made this happen. I will say that because my parents always made us have goals and dreams this was possible. I will say that all the free work that us artists have to do to gain a network and a good reputation allowed us to achieve the dream. To do what you love and have people respect you for it. Luck just gave me the opportunity that I was already ready for.
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