We had the good fortune of connecting with Jhone’ Y. Lucas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jhone’, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think life is all about taking risks…And in those risks, I’m always finding new ways to challenge myself. I graduated with my BA at 20 years old, and I wasn’t satisfied with the normal or practical next steps in my life. I hated my office job, the 9 to 5 lifestyle wasn’t thrilling. So I’d say I risked my comfortability at a young age when I moved from my hometown, Omaha, Nebraska, to New York City. I was able to secure two jobs in New York prior to moving, but the rest I had to figure out when I got there and, umm… apartment searching in NYC is no walk in the park. Aside from the brutal weather and day to day struggles, New York was a dream come true. It put me in rooms where my talent could speak for itself around the right people. They say if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere… That said, I grew up in the theater, and although I’ve accomplished many things academically and in my profession, I’ve always made my way back to acting. I think taking risks are like taking leaps of faith, and fear and faith can’t occupy the same body. So, I brought my talents to Los Angeles. La La Land. Hollywood!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
First, I’m excited to be the host of my own political series, “The Gen Zone,” which is currently available on the CLCK TV app. It’s reactionary commentary of national and international politics and targeted toward generation “Z.” I’m most proud of the progress we’ve had in just one year. We started the show to keep young voters politically aware during the 2020 presidential campaign. In doing that, we learned that voters between ages 18-34 were the largest voting block which directly affected the election results. (Mission Accomplished!!) During the pandemic, we traveled to New York, the epicenter of Coronavirus, Georgia, one of the battleground states in the election, and Washington, D.C., when the insurrection took place. In addition to “The Gen Zone,” I’m very excited about my first feature film “Paradise” that was shot in the beautiful country of Belize, coming soon to theaters in 2022. Along the way I’ve learned that adversity creates opportunity so unexpected challenges that would normally frustrate me, now motivate me. I have learned that no dream is “too big,” and there is no cap or limit to greatness. And finally, I’ve learned to just do it, and to trust myself without hesitation.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Wow, I’m still new here myself! I would plan the mornings with a quick hike at either Vermont Canyon, Verdugo Mountain or Runyon Canyon. Followed by breakfast at my absolute favorite spot, Vivian’s Millennium Cafe in Studio City. We’ll go to some dispensaries for goodies, and, at some point, we would definitely go shopping at The Grove. My friends are boujee, so we like martinis and skyline views, so lunch at Harriet’s Rooftop and dinner at Castaway in Burbank would be perfect. One day would be dedicated to Malibu, spending some time on the beach and driving up the PCH at sunset. Or better yet, having dinner at Moonshadows, right along the shore and watching the dolphins swim (they have the BEST BBQ octopus ever!) Or we could spend a day at the spa, my favorite is Burke Williams. I would also schedule us a tour at Warner Bros. Studios, then eating down the street at Bob’s Big Boy on a Friday night when all the classic, vintage cars are there (Instagram Photoshoot!) I would also bring my friend to work with me on set of The Gen Zone, to see what its like to shoot a 30 minute show and the process: hair, makeup, rehearsal, etc. And of course, there would be time for clubbing. There’s so many different lit spots in LA, it would just depend on the day and the vibe we’re looking for.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mother and father were always my #1 fans. They supported every activity I was involved in and taught me to be committed to my craft at a young age. Looking back, I realize all the sacrifices they made and I’m eternally grateful. My journey is just beginning and I’d like to thank everyone whose supported me this far along. I wouldn’t be this far without you. To my mentor Damien Douglas, who has literally held my hand and guided me through this industry, I can’t thank you enough. Special thanks to my gen zone team. Shoutout to my agency, 90210 Talent. Also, much thanks to my manager at Good Shepard Management. As far as books, I would say the Bible. Not only reading it, but living by it and living by faith. I’m very open about my spirituality, and I give God all the credit for everything in my life.
Photos are mine.