We had the good fortune of connecting with Jake Iorio and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jake, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
The one thing that I’d say people outside the entertainment industry are unaware of is that there is no clear pathway towards success. An actor can land a series regular role on a major primetime TV show after just a few years in the business. Sometimes an actor has to wait an entire lifetime to get a big break. I don’t know why it works for some and not others. I wish I could come up with an exact answer as to why someone in the acting field becomes successful. I know I would make lots of money from the answer. But the only answer I can give is that the more times you fail, the more times you hear the word “no”, the closer you get towards that one successful YES.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been acting ever since I could remember. It started off with small community theater and then gradually emerged to theater companies and working with my high school’s prestigious award-winning drama department. I had such a love for storytelling and immersing myself in the journey of characters. To me, there is no better job than being an actor. You get to play make-believe. I’d say it has not been easy getting to where I am today and to be quite honest, I’m only in the beginning stages of my career. There are still lots of goals I want to accomplish. The main challenge has been convincing myself not to give up. I can’t tell you how many times others have told me to find another career. I have even told myself that many times. But I continue to overcome this doubt with that same old question “Will there be anything else that will give you as much joy?” So far, I haven’t been able to think of anything. Maybe one day that will come, but for now, I am in it for the long haul. The main lesson I have learned is that perseverance and most importantly, patience, is the key to having a long-sustaining career in Hollywood. I am just crafting my brand and my story. I tend to play that nice and genuine guy who has aspirations and probably believes he knows better than most of the people around him. He is funny, charming, and at times vulnerable. He is the person that you can root for.
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.
Well, Los Angeles is a very big place and there is lots to see. I would have to take my best friend to the brand new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. It is all things film and very Hollywood. I would also take them to see the Walk of Fame, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica. The beach is the best place for me and it’s one of the reasons I love living here. Probably one of my favorite places to eat is Water Grill, an upscale seafood restaurant by the beach in Santa Monica. I would also take them to Universal Studios. Can’t go wrong with a great theme park.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There have been lots of people in my life who have given me the love and encouragement I need to continue my path towards success. It’s hard to just name a few. But I would have to give a shoutout to my best friend Pablo. He has always encouraged me to go after my dreams and is constantly asking me about what I am working on and what I want to achieve. It really makes a difference when a friend continually cheers for you after so many years. I also have to give a shoutout to my producing partner Krystina Bailey. We produced the web series “Two Singles” together after we had met in an acting class. She has continually encouraged me to keep on writing and creating my own content. She loves the way I write and the unique voice I bring to the page. And I consider her to have made even greater success in the acting field that I have. Someone I definitely look up to. And lastly, even though I have never met him, I need to give a shoutout to horror producer Jason Blum. He truly is an advocate for independent filmmakers. Along with engaging across the aisle with so many different kinds of filmmakers in a time when our society seems so divided. And producing such great horror/suspense movies that it inspired me to write a horror short story that will soon be in publication. Who knew!