We had the good fortune of connecting with Jarred Harper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jarred, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I used to separate my work life with my social life, but now I have found that I am at my best when those two worlds collide. I truly love what I do and now I find myself choosing to do social things that only revolve around my work with film and acting. Because the life experiences that I acquire always somehow end up back into the work, that’s why I love what I do. All life experiences, good or bad, are still golden raw material to use.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The film that I am most proud of is my most recent work on a feature film titled “The Egyptian Affair” directed by the talented director Marlin Darrah. Filming in Egypt for a month was an amazing experience, to be on location at these world renowned sites was breathtaking. It was also great to connect and collaborate with Marlin on this film because that will lead to us working together on one of his next feature films. Being able to work with Marlin and his team has also connected me with other producers and we are all excited for the LA premiere come this Fall.
One important place that helped me tremendously get to where I am today is my acting school, The William Esper Studio. The foundation they gave me and the guidance they continually give me is unmeasured, I’m forever grateful to the special people that make up that studio.
A great lesson I’ve picked up along the way is to stay focused on you. There is a lot of “noise” surrounding the TV & Film industry, and the majority of that noise doesn’t dictate how good of an artist I am. You have to just stay committed to you and keep your sights on the artist you want to become, not the artist that the industry might want you to be.
I’d love people to know that I got into this business for the sole reason to change peoples lives. Whether it be to put out a film or give an acting performance that makes them laugh hysterically or cry deeply because of the films thought provoking nature. I’m here to make people feel and think differently than they normally do. That’s an artists job and I’m so glad I get to be one and share my stories and performances with you.
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.
Whenever my friends come to visit me in LA I love taking them all over the city starting with Runyon Canyon Park and making our way to the Griffith Observatory for the amazing sights and views. I also have a weak spot for a good margarita on a rooftop, so going to Mama Shelter never disappoints! I wouldn’t be a good host if I didn’t take my friend to Santa Monica to have a beach day. Then we would have to get some electric entertainment at SoFi Stadium for an LA Rams game!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My success and motivation comes from my team at AWRY Productions. They are the best friends and collaborators any artist could ask for. We push each other and our work constantly. I founded this production company with these friends from acting school and it is inspiring to see all of our creative visions come to life.
I also have to give so much love to my near and dear family. Mom, Dad, and Rae Rae! Love you guys!
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Marlin Darrah and Shako Khiskiakiadze