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Meet Jenna Madden

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenna Madden.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jenna. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I never thought I would be an actor. I was a huge science nerd and thought I would end up in physics of some sort working in New York. Then when I was 16, I ended up working for a children’s musical theater company as a babysitter. It turned into me playing acting games with them and telling stories and I knew right then I wanted to be an actor. Inspiring someone with a great story or just simply making them laugh with a comedy sketch brought me so much joy. Less than a year later at 17, I moved to Hollywood and since then, I have been living my dream.

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?
It was definitely hard at first. I didn’t know a single person and had no clue where to even begin. In my first year out here, I was accepted to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts where I got some training and that really launched me to the point I am at now. If I could give advice to anyone, it would be to get training or some knowledge of the career before jumping in. After that, I worked day and night submitting for hours on end. I can’t say I had great success at first but persistence, determination, and my large amount of stubbornness helped me to finally get seen and get the jobs I needed. I think the best part about this career though is that there’s no real ending point. It feels like everyone wants to be this big famous rich star but I love exploring new sides of myself and bringing entertainment to others. The more I act, the more I get to learn about myself and those around me. So I don’t see me ending anytime soon.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an actor here in Los Angeles. I work on a lot of comedy specials and do stand up but I still love tearjerker scripts the most. I think what sets me apart from others in this industry is my intense personality and fire red hair, it makes me hard to miss in a room. I’m most proud of the characters I’ve gotten to create over the years. I’ve worked on everything from a feature horror film set to Shakespeare and I feel I can always bring something new and exciting to each script.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Persistence or what I like to call my stubbornness. I am always trying to showcase my best work and work on new projects. When I was summiting for jobs, I would stay up all day and night putting my headshot in every basket so I could get seen. I would call agencies left and right to get representation. I am very determined to be in this industry so I wasn’t going to back off without a fight. Don’t get me wrong I don’t go banging down people’s doors demanding jobs. But I was always told that when one door closes, there are many more to open and I was determined to find them all.

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