We had the good fortune of connecting with Fletcher Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fletcher, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I always had a passion for the arts. As a kid I used to love my music classes, I was lucky to take piano and choral classes at a young age. I also picked up the trombone for a very short time. When I was a bit older, I discovered a love for theatre, and performed in many plays. When I got to college however, I abandoned the arts to focus on academics and to spend time aligning myself with organizations that would allow me to enjoy a good future and career as an adult. However, upon moving to Los Angeles post-graduation, the creative spirit of the city reeled me in. I met so many talented people during my first year who both encouraged me to share my gifts and gave me the tools to begin to succeed in the entertainment industry.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
One integral lesson I’ve learned in my career, is that you shouldn’t limit yourself to just one thing. I urge everyone to learn and explore as many avenues as you can, you never know how the different parts of you can come together and open up an opportunity that you would’ve never imagine. Many people in my life were confused when I told them I was studying to become a software engineer. However, acquiring this skill and getting hired to do this work full time helped me to the overcome financial obstacles that arise as an actor and singer. My job doesn’t have rigid hours where I have to work, and can be done from anywhere, so I can be on set without worrying about jeopardizing steady employment. The tech industry also pays very well, which provides me with the ability to get new headshots, take dance classes, and purchase studio time whenever I want to. I was told before that I have to focus on one thing in order to be successful, but now I see how all of my skills will be integral in getting me where I want to be. For instance, while shooting promo materials for my latest single ‘Winter Things’, my experience as an actor and my time on set helped me to shoot and direct the videos myself, as well as act in them. When you can wear many hats, it allows you to do more on your own, and spend less time and money seeking out assistance from others.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
LA is an amazing place to hang out regardless of your interests or mood. At the top of my personal list is Mama Shelter. It’s a hotel situated in the heart of Hollywood, but its known for its rooftop bar + restaurant. The food is amazing and the drinks are top tier. For a chill sunny day, I recommend riding out to Malibu to visit El Matador Beach to listen to the waves and just vibe out. For nightlife, DTLA is my go to. Some of the best bars and clubs happen to live in the downtown area, like El Dorado and The Reserve, to name a few.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I had a teacher in high school, Ms. Kelly McKrell, who always believed in me and pushed me to continue shining my light, even when it felt dull amongst other stars. She taught English but was most impactful to me as my theatre teacher and director of the several musicals I participated in. She was tough but fair, and inspired us to be the greatest versions of ourselves on stage. She challenged our teenage laziness and rebellious spirits, in order to instill in us work ethic and the concept of the consistency required to reach any goal in life. Kelly McKrell is still very dear to me today, and I’m lucky to still have her as a mentor today. As I continue my journey in Hollywood, knowing her eyes are watching help me to persevere.