We had the good fortune of connecting with Jewel Bressler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jewel, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve always been fascinated with movies. The idea that you can curl up on your couch with your cat and immediately be transported to a different world. Since I was a little kid I’ve wanted to be able to evoke emotions out of people and take them on a journey with me. The possibilities are endless and I think that’s what is truly fascinating about this career. I could be a princess one day and then a doctor next. It takes me back to when I was young and teachers would always ask “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I could never decide. My answers were all over the place and teachers would often tell me I need to be more realistic about my dreams… so I found a career where being anything I wanted was possible.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think what sets me apart is the fact that at every turn I have had challenges and with every new challenge I faced it made me want it more. There have been many times when I wanted to throw in the towel and just give up, but every time I had these thoughts it propelled me forward and made me work that much harder. I have had multiple directors tell me I wasn’t any good, and that I didn’t deserve the parts that I got. You would think hearing these things would make you want to curl up in a ball and cry and never try again; while I was often in a ball crying it never made me give up. I always got back up and went into it with the mindset that I was going to prove them wrong. I would work day and night to fix every note they gave me, even when it seemed unattainable. With all this I’ve learned that nothing is really unattainable if you put in the time and effort. I’m constantly molding myself to be whatever everyone needs while not loosing who I truly am. I bring myself and my heart to everything I do. I think my brand would be “Prove them wrong” not sure if that is a brand but that’s what I’m going with. It describes my drive and the fact that I won’t give up until that person who said I wasn’t good enough is watching me perform with their jaw on the floor.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I recently had a friend visit from New York city. We had an absolute blast going around and discovering new things in LA. They actually helped me discover most of these things as I haven’t lived here that long. If I could recommend anything it would definitely be a taco crawl that we went to. I believe it was in downtown Hollywood . It was an amazing experience. A whole street lined with different vendors selling tacos, margaritas, jewelry, Knick knacks, and the like. Very inexpensive and a wonderful time. It’s open Fridays and I definitely recommend. Another thing that was a fantastic experience was hiking to the Hollywood sign. We got lost and didn’t even make it up to the sign but the views in and of themselves were breathtaking. We literally took 7 hours up there just exploring and appreciating all mother nature had to offer. I highly recommend it for anyone who needs to get out and have some good one on one time with our beautiful planet, it doesn’t even have to be the Hollywood sign. There are a plethora of beautiful hikes around California that are worth checking out.
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?
None of my dreams would have been attainable without the endless love and support from my parents. When I was young I was shy and reserved. I didn’t like to put myself out there but my parents noticed how my eyes lit up when I watched movies and how I would immediately take on the characteristics of my favorite character in whatever we were watching. My mom signed me up for my first acting class with a local theatre “Academy of Children’s Theatre”. From there I was hooked and my parents were along the ride for every step. Always driving me to my next audition or rehearsal. My dad always wanted to see what I was working on so we could polish it into perfection. While at the time I didn’t take his criticisms well, I appreciate them more than he could ever know now that I am pursuing this as my career. My parents are my support system, my critics, my managers, and so much more. Every successful thing I have ever done, they are behind it. They are the only reason I have so much experience and love for this industry.
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First photo standing in front of doorway: Budi Second photo in front of green screen: New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts Third Photo hand on head: Braden Bitonti Last photo on the beach: iiamartmodels