We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeremy Michael Pereira and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeremy, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Being KIND! I think that kindness goes a long way in any industry. Creating a positive and encouraging atmosphere, especially when working with others, leads to more opportunities and a more pleasant experience on a set, no matter who you are or at whatever level you are at. It’s something that I have taken pride in when on a set. Connections are HUGE! Kindness can simply lead to people wanting you with them. People want to work with others who are professional in their field, and kindness definitely compliments professionalism. When we work with others who enjoy the same business – for me it’s film acting – and we begin connecting and flowing, kindness follows. It just becomes natural, because we are shooting for the same goal, the same purpose. Love what you do, and love others doing it with you, so for me, kindness has been the most important factor towards bringing about my success.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As an actor, and painting artist, I have found it is so valuable to be patient. I think that I’ve gotten to where I am today (and still working on it, as all actors and artists do! It’s an endless thing), through taking your time to “work on it.” In acting, connecting with your scene partner is everything. To make a scene natural and real, I have discovered that you have to have a base connection with your partner(s) that may take a minute of your time to do. Be patient with yourself and others in connecting.
It hasn’t always been easy, I mean, is fulfilling success ever easy? The best way to learn and grow, and to become successful (at that, success is personal, and we always need to ask what we’re trying to do), is to enjoy the process/journey, which I find leads to striving for more, because if we can’t enjoy the process/journey, then what’s the point in doing it!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh I’d have to say Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, and anywhere along the coast! My favorite place to spend time at is Disneyland in Anaheim. There are so many adventurous places to chill at in the LA area, as every two hours away is a new place. Your at Disneyland, then boom…you’re on the beach, or another quick trip and then you’re in the beautiful desert mountains! Check out Solvang, as well.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
By far this would be Luke Schuetzle. He has been an incredible mentor to me through his ability to represent kindness, and of course, professionalism as a director, writer, producer, and actor. He allows others to feel welcome and be their best through creating a community focused atmosphere. In turn, everything gets accomplished for his productions. I have leaned on and learned incredible things from Luke.
My father, Rudy Pereira. My dad, who I have been close to my whole life, had lead his family, me, my two brothers, and my mom, including his work organization with leadership. What I have seen from his ability to connect with others, and in a special, individual way for each and every person in his life, be it his family, or work, has helped me immensely in how I am on a set.
My mother, Christina Pereira, is literally the embodiment of love. She has loved every single person without limits. I try to do the same.
Doug Jones, and incredible character actor who I deeply look up to for his ability to love and care on everyone, no matter their status or who they are. His approach is one that I want to see more of from others in film. I’m a character actor, and really want to be more like him in so many ways.
Another influence in my life has been Mike Szymczyk. He directed me in my first lead role in Chicago before I moved back to LA. He has continued to encourage and inspire me for many years.
Luke Schuetzle Doug Jones