We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeneta St. Clair and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeneta, how do you think about risk?
I’m a bucket list kind of person. I couldn’t tell you what is on my bucket list, but I subconsciously have a list. I want to try everything at least once. I love facing my fears. Maybe I’m a fear junkie? Addicted to excitement? Whatever it is, it’s some risky behavior. I see risk as a challenge and an opportunity for growth by putting myself out there in my career, life, and love. Without this I become stagnant. I can definitely be one to procrastinate, but the more I push myself to get out of my comfort zone the easier it is the next time…and the time after that…and the time after that. You get it. You might as well rip off the band-aid. I read this quote by Sir Kenneth Robinson that said, “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” I keep going back to it because to me it gives you permission to be weird, be creative and take risks. I’d like to think I’m all of the above.
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.
Every story looks different and there isn’t a “right way” to be in this industry. I got where I am because I enjoy learning and growing. I took every odd job to learn the in’s and out’s of the entertainment world. Now I use a little bit of everything. I suppose this is part of my bucket list. Try everything at least once, see what you like and what you’re good at. What I learned about myself along the way? I am loyal, weird, strong, vulnerable, hard working, fearless, funny and shifting. I am a true extrovert that loves an audience. I “fill up” by being with my friends. My ultimate dream is to have a creative co-op/commune/production company/art studio space where I get to be creatively me with all of my insanely talented friends and we make stuff! It’s slowly becoming a reality. I want the world to know that I love my people very deeply. I love making people laugh and feel good about themselves. I love being kind to strangers. I love to play and perform. I have been through some tough shit and came out funny! I wouldn’t change my story for anything. Besides having Catherine O’Hara’s career.
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?
Hi. This is the hardest list to ever make and I know I’m missing a bunch. This “week long trip” would need a week long recovery. Food: The Griddle Cafe on Sunset Salsa and Beer on Sherman Way Shish Mediterranean in Studio City Any sushi spot in Studio City Lal Mirch on Ventura Pablitos Tacos! (Crack sauce) Cindy’s Eagle Rock Black Market Liquor Bar Colorado Donuts Malibu Seafood Reel Inn Malibu LaLa’s Grand Central Market Trader Joe’s Venues: The Hollywood Bowl The Greek The Comedy Story Laugh Factory Improv Dynasty Typewriter The Virgil Echoplex Westside Comedy Theater The Roxy UCB Tattoos: Dolorosa on Ventura Spots to see/shop: Griffith Observatory Hollywood sign hike Santa Monica Pier/3rd St Malibu Beach – Ocean Sunset & Full Moon Topanga Canyon Rosebowl Flea Market Melrose Flea Market Melrose Strip Ventura Blvd All the studios Pan Pacific Park Six Flags The Last Bookstore DTLA/Arts District Madcity Boxing LACMA The Getty The Huntington Library Balboa Park Echo Park The Grove/Farmer’s Market Any LA Farmer’s Markets Zuma Beach Venice Beach/Abbott Kinney Drink: All the cool, hip, speakeasy LA spots Residuals Tavern The Fox and Hounds …I don’t drink anymore, but this is where I did. I’m taking way too long on this. I miss pre-covid LA so much. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This is a long list. Megan Gilbert, who is currently helping me write this and is my make-believe manager and real-life friend. Dani Klein Modisett, CEO/Founder of Laughter On Call and my badass boss and mentor. My “LADIES NIGHT” crew that have always loved me and supported me even when I was a mess. My “BACKYARD SQUAD” of sober pals that keep me honest and vulnerable. The people in my life who are also in this bananas industry and have become my kind-hearted, loyal, and insanely talented crew of artists that I only want to make creative shit with. Matthew, my forever #1 fan and BFF. My creative, hard-working co-workers. My boxing family that call me a beast and a fighter. My blood family, who don’t always get it, but they love me anyway. All the funny artists and weirdos out there that inspire and motivate me to keep going.
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