Today we’d like to introduce you to Jake Red.
Jake, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My start in this industry began while I was modeling in New York. I was approached by a Chinese producer through the website backstage. He wanted me to audition for a role in a three film series. I put myself on tape, and he liked me enough to fly me to southern California to screen test me for the role.
After a week of testing, I was awarded the job and filmed for the next two months. While working on that project, I realized two things… one being my love for the craft of acting and the other being that I was not very polished. With this self-realization, I came to the conclusion that to make acting my career, I needed to move to Hollywood and learn from the best teachers I could find. So I packed up and moved to West Hollywood. My studies first started with Rick Walters, and I currently study with a world-renowned theatrically trained Russian coach by the name of Nikolai Guzov.
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?
I think any actor or creative that tells you it has been a smooth road is sugar-coating it, to say the least. Nothing in this industry is easy. Nothing in this industry is given. Hard work, dedication, vulnerability and passion have gotten me where I am today in my successes and in my career. I have an incredible team and supportive family and friends that have accompanied me on this journey.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As an actor, it is important to specialize in certain areas of the craft. The things my team and I repeatedly hear are preparedness from audition to filming, professionalism both on and off-screen, and consistency no matter the role. The project that I am most proud of was my first feature film as a lead in Already Lucky. I was featured in 47 out of 50 scenes, and the entire project was a collaboration between me and the director/writer Matthew Cassani. In all honesty, I fall in love with every project I am apart of – whether that be playing with sadistic puppets in Detroit, to being a prison guard in a short film. I truly love working and creating.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I would say some of my favorite childhood memories come from sitting around the dinner table with my family. The simple act of being able to share a story and have my first real audience, set the stage for an important question I ask myself before each role I take on – “what would make telling this story more captivating to watch?”
- Website: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7275967/
- Email: Jake@JakeRed.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jakerred/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jakeredlingshafer/
James Depietro (All Other Photos), Arthur Marroquin (Mustache Photo), Paul Smith (CLEAN SHAVEN PHOTO)