Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Eng.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Hi, I’m Jason Eng! I’m an actor and content creator who is based in LA, but grew up in the Bay Area. Instead of growing up with Kumon and SAT prep classes, my older brother and I joined the Boy Scouts of America, and spent most of our weekends going on camping trips with our troop. Aside from learning basic survival skills, tying knots, and getting blisters from hiking, most of my fondest memories of Boy Scouts was seeing my brother do campfire skits. Seeing my brother captivate an entire crowd of parents and fellow scouts with his sense of humor inspired me. How could one person make forty people laugh in a forest right in the middle of nowhere? I wanted to be just like my brother. When I was a bit older, I participated in my fair share of skits, which led to me making video skits in my high school Spanish and college Mandarin classes. To me, there was something fulfilling about ‘playing pretend’ and making people laugh.
Although I got lost on the way, I am proud to say that I am continuing to act and make content for people to enjoy. I made the big move to LA this year in January, and although I couldn’t have possibly predicted the first year of my LA acting career to be like this, I’ve been finding ways to keep moving forward. For the month of March, I challenged myself to make a video post every day on Instagram. Nowadays, I am finding ways to create with other artists as we thrive in this pandemic.
Has it been a smooth road?
I wish I could say it’s been a smooth road. I’ve experienced my fair share of personal struggles, as I’m sure many of us have experienced: Discovering myself in my 20s, figuring out what’s important to me in life, following through on what I say I’m going to do, and a personal one — wavering between being a workaholic and a lazy potato (note: there is no in-between).
I have a very colorful career path. I went to UC Davis for college and got a degree in Microbiology. After interning in a lab, I realized that this line of work wasn’t for me. Not much later, I signed up for a coding boot-camp and eventually got a job as a coding tutor for children. I still like technology and the tech industry, but my heart wasn’t in the right place. I did some soul searching and found that I would have major regrets in life if I didn’t pursue something I wanted to do. At the end of 2018, I took my first acting class and loved it. In 2019, I made a plan to move to LA in a year and followed through with it. I expect many more unforeseen bumps in the road, but I am satisfied with my decision to move to LA and pursue something for myself, doing something I am passionate about.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I make short videos, ranging from quick, bite-sized TikTok videos to 5 to 10-minute sketches. My goal is to make content that is inspired by all the media that has influenced me growing up, from video games and anime to TV sitcoms and blockbuster movies. I am currently focused on making more videos in quarantine and planning future projects that I can’t wait to shoot when we can play outside again!
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I do feel like our city is a great place for business like mine! As an actor and content creator, what better way than to surround yourself with like-minded creatives? As someone who is basically starting out, I would definitely recommend someone to start out here. The value is in the people and vast community. Meet people, make friends, and create cool stuff!
- Instagram: jasonengTV
- Facebook: JasonEngTV
- Twitter: JasonEngTV
- Tiktok: JasonEngTV
- Other: https://www.twitch.tv/jasonengtv
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