We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay Beckett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jay, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
As an actor I have gotten to experience a lot when it comes to being in front of the camera and in front of an audience. When the pandemic hit I saw the sudden shut down in production. I have always had an interest in the hard work that goes into the behind the scenes of the film industry. I also have a passion for learning and going to school so I decided to enroll in The Los Angeles Film school so I could learn and do my own productions. As I started learning I realized that there are not a lot of resources for people that are starting out or do not have a lot of money to put into productions right away. This is why I started Second Act Productions, to help people that are wanting to start out to be able to have access to the things they need to produce their own films and be able to get out there.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The hardest part for me and what also sets me apart from others is that I started my journey into acting a little later in my life. After many years of pursuing an educational path I realized that I wanted to pursue my passion, which was acting. I love school and I will always love learning but I wanted to use my creativity. I wanted to be in front of the camera and on stage. Coming into this a little later in life meant that I felt like I had to catch up. I had to do more and try harder so I could keep up with the people that were younger than me and doing this for longer.
What I have learned along this journey is that no matter when you start or what your background is, if you try hard enough you can accomplish anything that you set your mind to. I now am an experienced actor and also learning and trying to pursue a career directing films and in production.
I am a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and a foreign born actor I would love to be able to use my platform to pursue roles that bring light to my community and different ethnic groups.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would start by taking her to one of my favorite brunch spots in Long Beach, The Attic. We would have a great breakfast and drink lots of mimosas while we talked, laughed and caught up. Afterwards, we would probably walk around and check out some of the little shops around the restaurant. Then drive up to Santa Monica and walk around the beach and the pier, play some games and watch our very famous sunsets. We would end up in West Hollywood, having an amazing dinner with cocktails. We will finish the night dancing in one of my favorite nightclubs, the Abbey.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To my dear husband Richie, my loving parents, and my right hand Nickie Laborico
David Muller, Madison Jones, Richard Diaz,