We had the good fortune of connecting with Jabbar Lewis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jabbar, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I moved to LA, by myself, when I was 17 years old to pursue what a lot of people call a pipe dream. All of the sacrifices that I had to make out here was a risk. All of the money I had and still dish out to update my headshots, take classes, pay for all of the subscriptions, the list is endless. No one knows how often I was broke by doing all of this. I had negative 1k in my chase bank account at a point because I truly believed it will pay off, that my talent, my faith in God will win and it will make a good story one day. I never once took a risk without mediating and praying on it though. All of my major decisions have played a huge role in my faith. I also never regretted a risk that I took. Starting my lifestyle, sunglass brand “The Bar” was a calculated risk as well. Leaving my 9-5 jobs in the past to make more room for my creative partnerships was a risk. I say to anyone pursuing a dream or really wanting to do something major in your life. Sit on it, Pray about it, and dive head first. It’s the only way you’ll land safely.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I create art to inspire others to do the same. I like telling stories of all kinds. I’m willing to take risk in my craft. So many people I know and love dearly have said they won’t play certain roles because of how it will be perceived to others. I’m not that person. When I get auditions that are out of my normal circumference, I always ask “Does it make sense?” Cause I want to tell authentic, real stories. I push the boundaries and am willing to work hard to portray that character accurately. I like the process of working hard, it hurts in the moment but feels so good when you can let go and look back. I learned, You will be tested spiritually, financially, mentally and you need to know how to navigate yourself. People will try to take advantage, people will push you to the side and write you off, people will only befriend you if you have something to offer them. Keep your circle really amongst people you believe is climbing the ranks with you, You are who you surround yourself with. I want the world to know that I’m only scratching the surface. I have always been the underdog. Promise less, deliver more is the motto I’m taking with me to my grave.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My best friend has to know, I am NOT picking them up from LAX lol. First place everyone wants to try soon as they land in LA is In N Out. So of course. I’m someone who wants to go to six flags, near a pool but I do have some spots I love here. Salsa and Beer is probably my all time favorite Mexican spot. I will go to Dulans soul food spot in Inglewood. There’s a bar called El Tejano that has great drinks and vibes and for the low. I love that LA does a bunch of pop up spots of all sorts. Art, fashion, music, so it’s always a vibe when people come out here for the first time and of course the beach. preferably somewhere in Malibu.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout my circle. 2020 taught me the value of relationships, partnerships and support. They already know who they are.