We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamison Scala and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jamison, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Success is an interesting concept to someone who is a performer. Most Americans are raised to believe success is starting on a path, working hard, and moving up a ladder. Each new rung coming with a fancier title and more money. And yes, that’s a form of success. But artistic endeavors don’t usually fall into that same framework. A handful of years back, I was reflecting on the fruits my labor as an actor/comedian and didn’t have a large sum of cash or a fancy title to show for them. But I still felt successful. I had been diligently working, making sacrifices, taking chances, and keeping the course despite all the “nos.” It was success, just in an unconventional sense. I committed to qualifying success in unconventional ways and I encourage all my artist friends to do the same. It makes life easier and happier.
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.
As a child, I loved me a plan, a rule, and a goal achieved. It’s not lost on me the irony of entering a career of a performer where there is not nearly that kind stability. I love my time on stage and in front of the camera and not shockingly pandemic has limited that severely. I’m proud of my my fellow acting/comedy pals for creating opportunities to entertain in different ways and diving in head first despite the limitations.
Recently my squiggly career path has landed me at SiriusXM. I’m getting to be creative in a new medium and to boot, having some stability. The joy! I have landed here seemingly by happenstance, but I like to think the world has put me here for a reason. It took effort, but I was able to open myself up to opportunities outside of what I thought I “should” be doing and it’s been a blessing. I still have my eyes on the prize, but I’m excited to see where this path leads.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
EXPERIENCES -The Griffith Observatory – it’s free and the views are spectacular
-The Grove -for the dancing fountain, otherwise it’s a tad touristy
-Picnic at Will Rogers Park in Beverly Hills – they’ve got beautiful palm trees and a clean public bathroom
-Dockweiler Beach – bring some wood and have a bonfire at sunset (bonus: LAX planes take off and land directly over the beach)
-Larchmont Wine and Cheese – #4 on baguette
-Sweet Lady Jane – they sell their decadent cakes by the slice
-Terroni – cavatelli alla Norma for the win
-Javista Organic Coffee Bar – their iced Americanos with oat milk are heaven on earth.
-Oil Can Harry’s – Saturday night is disco night and it’s a transformative experience Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The improv community of Los Angeles has not only been the place that has allowed me to grow as an artist, but has supplied me with some of my best friends to date. It’s cliche to say, but a lot of the lessons taught in improv are directly applicable to creating a good life. I’m thinking: saying yes, setting yourself up for success, playing to your partner’s strengths, learning to surrender, and listening. I’m incredibly thankful to my improv pals for having my back and I hope they feel like I have theirs, too.
The Second City, KCRW, JK Comedy Club, SiriusXM