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Rising Stars: Meet Jad Mallah

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jad Mallah.

Hi Jad, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hello first of all my name is Jad Mallah, I’m Lebanese, I’m 24 years old. I studied Family business and entrepreneurial management back home until one day I decided to start acting. I always had a passion for acting and entertainment. In my culture, acting is not considered a successful career, so it was tough for me to express my passion, so I kept it to myself. One day I took courage for what I love and dream of. I started my acting journey by creating and posting comedy skits and pranks on my Instagram page “@Lemallah” video after video, my posts getting reposted by a variety of meme and comedy pages and a lot of people engage and related to it, my page started to improve day by day, people’s positive reactions and commitment to my videos made me take the most courageous step I did in my life, which is to fly to Hollywood and apply at Stella Adler Academy of Acting Los Angeles, To have a fruitful technique and background as an actor. I got accepted and this is where my journey began.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It surely wasn’t a smooth road at all. Had so many struggles, financially wise I couldn’t transfer my money from back home to the states due to political problems in Lebanon “4th of August” couple of months were so hard for me financially, due to covid they wanted all international students to leave the states, and that was so stressful, after packing everything I gave my self one extra day and I wished and had faith that they will change this Law,and the next day they did, unpacked everything got enrolled again in my classes, got my apartment back, after a while covid shut down most business and my academy was going thru financial problems too, so they couldn’t accept me as a student no more cause there was few students only and they can’t provide the classes I’m enrolled in due to financial problems, which they called me and told me to leave the states, I got the notice on the 10th of Dec. and I had to leave the 18th of Dec.!! I would never give up my hard work easily. I spoke to lawyers and after several meetings, couple weeks later everything got fixed and i got enrolled again. So All of that stress on how to stay in the states as an international student, to keep working hard to graduate and be a successful actor, taught me a lot on how to never give up on our goals and that there is always a way no matter how big the obstacle in front of us is.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m an actor and a content creature, I’m really known on my Instagram in the middle east for my pranks and comedy skits, which got me into acting and the craft of it, I create content on my platform as an actor such as comedy skit for companies as an ad and some for fun and since I came to the state I started to work as an actor in short movies and featured films. I’m mostly proud of the big and courageous step I took to leave my family and country “Lebanon” and come here all alone to accomplish my dreams and I did. I met and worked with the biggest Instagrammers such as Adam Waheed, Twan, Janina official, ninamariedaniel, Tonio skits; those accomplishments are so important for any social media content creator, and as acting-wise, I’m proud for doing a featured film for the producer who is as well the CEO of “Air Hollywood” and the movie’s name is: “Hollywood Laundromat” proud for being part of a short film called “Joe Riv” and a future project movie named “Peaches the Cat” I did all of these accomplishments in a year.

I came here I knew no one, had no one and knew nothing at all, so I look back and that what makes me proud, that with all the obstacles I had in my life here in the states, from being alone to knowing no one, to coming in the time where covid started, to be here and not allowed to earn money cause I’m a student, the struggle to send money to the states cause my country is in a deep economical crisis, to have an accent, and to be middle eastern and be type casted, I did it no matter all the above, I kept on fighting and pursuing what I love and here I am, Prouder then ever and so glad to share all of my story with you and the people out there to show that anyone can do it no matter what stands your way if you’re hungry for what you want and you work from the bottom of your heart, you will reach to what once was called a “dream”

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Yes, of course! I would love to share with others. 1st of all, don’t be shy or afraid if you do, a lot of opportunities will pass by and you’ll grab none of it. 2nd, asking for help is not a shame, we are here to help each other and that’s how people succeed together by lifting each other. 3rd: As an actor, be patient and always accept rejection. You can get 100 no and one yes and this might change your life. So don’t easily give up. 4th: help others without expecting anything back, because one day someone will help you too without you even asking for it. Be generous. I wish I knew that all of the acting life needs patience cause I was so harsh on myself and judging myself until I knew that this journey is a long journey and we should be patient. Learned it the hard way, but hey, the important part is that I learned it. So yes another advice once again, be patient but keep working hard.

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Short hair headshots: Sean Kara

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