We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacob Chattman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jacob, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“Love the not knowing” – Sharon Chatten. When I first heard these words, I had no idea what they would end up meaning to me. I was in an acting class, I knew my lines. I knew my intentions. I knew the subtext. I knew everything about my character, but I had forgotten to live in the moment. I had planned so much of what was “supposed” to happen that when, inevitably, it fell off the rails I had no way of dealing with it. I was embarrassed. I had let myself , my partner, and, more importantly, the character I was portraying down – so much of my ego had been investing in “doing well” that I had forgotten to live. After my scene, my teacher and mentor, Sharon Chatten, said little. In fact, her silence was more telling than anything, but after a moment she said “learn to love the not knowing.” In acting, you must learn how to let go, and further than that, you must cultivate a love for not knowing what is going to happen. It’s not just about learning lines, emotions, the characters past, the script, the moment before, it’s about learning those things and then letting them go – throwing them out the window so that the magical chaos of the universe can enter into you in the form of unique thought. These words have profoundly stuck with me and I apply them to all aspects of my life. If you can learn to love the not knowing, everything becomes easier; don’t just tolerate not knowing where your next gig will come from LOVE it and let it motivate you. Don’t get down on yourself for not knowing if you’re going to “make it” or not, learn to love that, and commit to yourself that you wouldn’t be happier doing anything else in the world- Free your ego from it, embrace the simple things you cannot control with love, optimism and tenacity.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Failing over and over keeps me busy. In 2012 I came down with an unknown kidney disease. It landed me in the hospital and nearly killed me. I felt like I was on one of those medical mystery shows- no one in the Harvard Vanguard Hospital knew what the hell was going on. At the time I was working a successful job at the Trader Joe’s corporate office as a national merchandise coordinator for plants and flowers. My life consisted of a cubicle, a business provided cell phone, regulated time for recreation, and no fear of failure.  When the illness struck, I was thrown into a sort of mortal chaos – I kept asking myself if this is what I wanted to do with my life and the answer was a resounding no. Luckily a brilliant physician and urologist discovered what was causing my kidney problems, unfortunately it required emergency surgery. As I am being wheeled into the O.R., the fluorescent lights cascading above me, drugs slowing my perception, I finally realized what would make me happy. I made a promise to myself at that moment that if I woke up, I would move to Los Angeles and become an actor and screenwriter. It was my dream as a child, it’s what led me to study mime theater, it had fulfilled my young mind and I committed to it again that day – luckily I woke up.  6 months later I moved to L.A. I joined an acting class. Had zero “connections,” and had to fight bitterly for every success I’ve had. I failed more times than you can possibly imagine (I have a spreadsheet of all my auditions, it’s a lot of failure, 500+ failures), but with each one I got stronger, I got up, and I never learned to stop learning – Acting and writing is a profession that you will never stop sucking at, forever, so I make an effort to keep failing everyday.

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.
If this was week long trip in Los Angeles (and there was no COVID)… Lets see… 1. Take a drive out to Joshua Tree National forest. Spend the night, and be amongst the eeriness, prepare you for the inevitable overwhelming chaos that is LA. 2. Muscle Beach – Just you start to understand that what you saw in the movies is exactly how it is here. 3. Santa Monica Peer- probably do that at same time as muscle beach, same sorta thing, different flavor. 4. Getty Museum – Visit the surrealistic and futuristic colony they call a museum. 5. Eat a Crossroads – It’s vegan food yes, but you would never know. 6. Universal Studios – Ruin every movie for you then go wait in some lines and eat fake, but delicious, strawberry ice cream. 7. Catch a play at the Pantages – see what’s playing, as long as it’s good. 8. Catch a movie at the Chinese Theater – We can do the walk of fame before that, and I’ll show you how dirty Hollywood really is. 9. Drive by Skid Row – just to put all the wealth in perspective.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate this to my loving and supportive wife Christina and my acting coach and mentor Sharon Chatten.

Website: http://www.jethanchattman.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/j_ethan/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacob-chattman-65196570/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JEthanChattman
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chattman/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb1iQ_mlC4511dyc63tK6kQ
Other: Check out my and my dog’s tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@esperborzoi/

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