Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeff Kongs.
Jeff, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was raised on a small farm on the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri with a wonderfully close-knit family. Growing up making films, doing plays, and absorbing as much entertainment as possible, I became obsessed with the artistic lifestyle. I studied acting at Missouri State University and later transferred to Columbia College Chicago to get my B.A. in Film. I moved to Los Angeles in January of 2005 to further my career as an actor and creator.
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?
I told my family I wanted to be an actor when I was about 13 years old. My parents were incredibly supportive of me, but they knew it was going to be a challenging road. The competition, the skill required, the drive and the lack of opportunities were all out there ahead of me, waiting to knock me off my course.
I’ve been fortunate enough to always believe in myself and therefore never (well, rarely) had doubts that I could achieve what I want to do. I haven’t reached a satisfying career as of yet, but the great thing about the entertainment industry is that you can always find ways to contribute at any age. There really is no timeline or blueprint laid out on how to succeed, so we’re all really making it up as we go. A closed path illuminates a hundred open ones. Did I read that somewhere or did I just make that up?
We’d love to hear more about your business.
There are two companies that I’m a part of that I would really love to tell you about. The first is a film production company I helped form called Carnivore, LLC. It’s named after a script that my wife, her sister and two of our friends wrote. The script is a horror film that’s being shopped at the moment–trying to secure funding. We’re all very proud of the script and we can’t wait to see it come to life. Carnivore, the Company, is at its beginning stages of existence and we’re hoping the Carnivore Film will bring us more work as our name gets out there. We have several other completed scripts waiting in the wings (including the first one I’ve ever written) and would love the opportunity to share these stories as well. We do specialize in the horror/suspense genre as each of us has a real love of that style. However, we are open to branching out as we have ideas for both a film about baseball and a slice-of-life character-driven film.
The second company I’d like to mention is a theatre company based out of Hollywood called The New American Theatre Company. I have been a member since 2014 and I can’t express what a wonderful collective it is. I have felt my confidence as an actor grow exponentially since joining this group. I am constantly working on stage and have had every opportunity to develop. I have gained some incredible friendships along the way and growing your network of talented and artistic friends is never a bad thing. Unless they are too actory. You know the type right?
What were you like growing up?
I was always pretending. I wasn’t a liar or anything, but I was always imagining. Acting. Mimicking. Impersonating. Observing. Filming. Recreating. I loved it all. I love movies with a fiery passion and felt my calling was to be involved with them. At nearly every family get-together or social gathering, I had my video camera with me to record a movie. I loved telling stories both in front of and behind a camera. I knew my path as an actor was going to be difficult, so that’s why I went to film school. I figured if I wasn’t getting work as an actor, I could always write/direct a movie and then cast myself to act in it. It just seemed like the safer route to go. Pretty ambitious, I know, but it makes sense to me.
I loved where I grew up. Open fields, lakes, horses. A cinematic landscape in my backyard. I loved high school and college. I loved the relationships I made while in school. My best friends to this day I met while in school.
I love playing and watching sports…especially baseball and football. I’m a die-hard Chiefs and Royals fan and will be for life. Luckily I married a die-hard baseball fan and enjoy that with her all the time. She also has a love of movies and storytelling so I lucked out with that as well.
I’m happy with who I am and consider myself very fortunate to be living in the world I live in. I think of myself as a good person with a sunny outlook on life. I’ve got a lot of stories to share, I just need to work harder on getting them out there.
- Website: www.jeffkongs.com, www.carnivoreproject.com
- Instagram: @carnivoreproject
- Twitter: @kidkongs
- Other: www.newamericantheatre.com