We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Robyn Jacobs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer Robyn, how do you think about risk?
It’s easy to play it safe. I am a very agreeable young woman, so I have to constantly navigate through everyone else’s voices, telling me what to do and how to do it. In everything I do I push myself to listen to my gut. It’s hard. A lot of times that means costs, financial, emotional, and sometimes physical. Through those risks, however, I find myself a step closer to the life I desire to lead, and the kind of artist I want to be.
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 am fortunate to work with many talented people in Los Angeles, making national commercials, television shows and, independent cinema. I consider working with Michel Gondry on his Pandora Campaign one of my most memorable career experiences. Most recently I won the award for best actress at Oregon Short Film Festival. Acting involves so much unrecognized work, it was an incredible honor to be noticed.
While I love acting in other people’s projects, I have become quite a film buff in the past few years, and have taken an interest in writing and producing my own projects. 60 mg is my screenplay debut. I starred and produced this short film about an issue that I hold close to my heart, anxiety. After trauma in my childhood, I was diagnosed with anxiety and put on antidepressants. This production gave me a chance to express an ongoing inner turmoil. It was no easy task to expose a struggle that doesn’t have clear answers. However, I believe that laying my conflict bare will support those that feel lost in a diagnosed modern age.
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?
My favorite thing to do is hit up the Angeles Forest and find a great hike that will take me from 8 a.m. to Sunset. Then while I’m sore and recovering, I would grab BBq and a few beers in Koreatown. Koreatown reminds me of my travels abroad and my magical 24-hour layover in Korea en route to Indonesia.
Mezcal Margaritas are a must, or just straight mezcal. Fish tacos from Lars, or some ceviche from my favorite place Cevicheria on Pico. Also, you will definitely find me wandering the farmers’ markets, either Culver City’s or Hollywood’s. I love picking fresh vegetables and exotic fruits and preparing the most amazing meal. Culinary enthusiast would be an understatement, my cookbooks stack almost reaches the roof.
Last but not least, The Last Bookstore requires a few hours to get lost in.
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?
My acting coach Saxon Trainor has been a mentor to me for over ten years now. I would be lost without her. She can take a story and unwind it down to its bones and find humanity so fast it’s mindblowing.
I have a darling mentor in Voiceover, Eduardo Iduante. He is a very successful voiceover actor who has taken me under his wing and coached me on everything from the technology component to shaping character.
Russell Boast is a brilliant casting director, he gave me my first and second TV job’s and he is a GEM of a human.
Brittany Stone and Jaime Love at Lovestone Talent Agency have had my back for a few years, who know are superwomen who know who and what I sell better than anyone.
As you can see, there is a whole team of support lifting me up, and I would be nowhere without them.
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