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

Hi JASPER, how do you think about risk?
I am a suburban boy. I grew up as a mix between a city father and a country mother. The suburbs were pleasant and inviting, but I knew I wanted to discover more. I wanted to have my own experiences with my own lenses. I went to college in Nashville, Served with a community in the California Bay Area, then I took charge and made my way to Los Angeles. I am pursuing the career of a comedy entertainer and a recording artist. As far as that goes, I knew little on how to do that, but I’ve taken the leaps of faith to accomplish my dreams. That risk has definitely opened my eyes to so much. This type of drive makes proceeding to the finish line so much more fulfilling. That’s how I think about risk. I certainly learned more than any book, podcast, or conversation could have taught me by just throwing my self in. Life in unpredictable and risky, but if you pay attention, you will collect the golden nuggets to persevere.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am currently training to specialise in comedy acting at the prestige Scott Sedita Acting Studios. One of my biggest aspirations is to star, write, direct, and produce a sitcom that has so much diversity and hilarity, that is breaks many world records. If music could be blended into it, then that would certainly be a plus. I have also became art and have been photographed in astonishing ways for various art projects in the area. I am learning about creating music and have recorded my first song which was a theme for my Spotify podcast “sburbn boy” I created in 2020. The first song of many.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
YES! I would be a tourist but with pizzazz!  We would definitely have to sign up to be a studio audience of some sort whether it is a game show, talent show, or talk show, that’s an experience we all should have in life. Afterwards a visit to Universal Studious and /or Downtown Disney for some thrill rides and vibrant entertainment. At night, I appreciate a low-key show, preferably of an independent group of artists who just sing from the heart and ooze unique talent. If one is feeling bold, we can attend a themed dance party. Themes that include early 2000s music, Top Hits, Euphoria, Britney Spears, Zodiac Signs, R&B, Bad Bunny, Jonas Brothers, and the many more you could think of. A beach would certainly be an option, whether it is Malibu or the Santa Monica Pier, but if those are too popular most days then we could do some shopping at the Santa Monica Mall. Honestly, a simple movie and simple stroll would just be fine too.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am in constant gratitude. Every season of life just adds people to my gratefulness jar. God first, always. The man and woman that birthed me and let me fly on my own. My sister, Crystal. Those who have seem me when I was too afraid to speak up and those who have seen me when I have not been able to control my laughter. Everyone at the Heirloom East Bay formally known as the Possibility Project. Nina Daniels a leader and a divine singer. Andree & Carlos Mulia , my other parents. My besties Michael, Gabe, Rachael, Carol, and Stephanie. My aunt Sophia and all her family. The Strong lineage. The church. All the people who demand change. America, the land of opportunity. Beyonce Knowles-Carter. Raven Simone. The Smith Family. Tori Kelly.

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Photographed & Edited by Jules Onate

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