We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Collins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, why did you pursue a creative career?
I always loved acting. In college, my friend, Martha, encouraged me to pursue it when I went to LA for a summer internship at a major law firm, my uncles firm. There I met another working actor who helped me learn about the business. I was so green, yet an agency picked me up and I went with it.
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.
I consider myself an artist because, I am an actor. As an actor, I create and form a relationship with the character I am portraying. I started doing this at a young age. My mother and father bought a home in the country on 10 acres where we had horses, dogs and cats. However, they were very few other children around in the neighborhood for miles. So, I learned how to create imaginary friends through my dolls and our animals. Acting professionally started for me @ 20. However, I didn’t truly connect to it until my 40s. Teaching acting to students has helped me to get a hold of my craft and make it my own. The biggest lesson that I learned from Ivana Chubbuck, one of my main acting coaches and who certified me as a teacher, is that acting is all about getting a reaction from the actor you’re playing opposite from.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, right now with Covid still in play, my favorite outdoor activity is walking and riding my horses on the beach. I happen to have two horses. The ocean is life‘s biggest healer. Then, there are several great restaurants that have outdoor dining in Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. I live in the guest house on my friends property. And she is an incredible cook. She loves fresh lobster and seafood.
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?
Ivana Chubbuck was my acting coach who gave me the tools to becoming a working actor. Much later, in 2009, she certified me as an acting coach. I first worked with private students and Hollywood Immersive. Later, I helped reopened Ivana Chubbuck Youth Program. Through my work there, the younger actors and my own craft blossomed. I started getting more serious with acting jobs and producing with film maker, Dianna Ippolito.
Head shot is by Theo and Juliet, Horses on the beach by Rennie Solis, stills from mama’s boy,