We had the good fortune of connecting with JR Ritcherson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi JR, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
To overcome my shyness, get outside of my comfort zone, to be seen., plus I didn’t want to get a “real” job haha. Who doesn’t love the idea of playing dress up and stepping into someone else shoes for awhile. I believe entertainment is vital to the world. People use entertainment as a means to relax and escape and I am happy to give that to them. Being able to express myself through art and being creative is the ultimate release and seeing the joy and happiness on peoples faces is the ultimate reward.

 

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been thankful to wear many different hats: Actor/Performer/Host/VO Artist/On-Camera Personality/Model. I just love all aspects of entertainment. Recently, I am most proud of voicing a couple characters in a new interactive web-comic series “The Glove” that you can check out at theglovecomic.com, doing 3 episodes of the dating/relationship talk show “Sexology with Shan Boodram” on Quibi because it got me out of my comfort zone and being part of an exciting new spin-off tv series coming this fall on National Geogrpahic. What sets me apart is my infectious energy, and positivity in all situations, but more specifically my billion dollar personality and million dollar smile. Aside from certain projects, I am most proud of the fact that I have had success by moving from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm, never giving up when the world seems to be against me and doing things my way by believing in myself and my own uniqueness. I have learned that it is important to smell the roses, enjoy the process and journey and not solely focus on the destination. This business is definitely not easy but what I always remind myself is that it’s not a matter of IF its a matter of WHEN, in terms of becoming successful and achieving your goals. As long as you consistently take steps toward to goals and dreams you WILL get there, because GOD has your back no matter what. What I want the world to know about me and my story is that I am all about positivity, inspiring others and being your best self, it’s perfectly fine to be exactly who you are no matter what, because we are all perfectly made masterpieces in our own unique ways.

 

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 love rollercoasters and theme parks and anywhere you can be a kid, so definitely Six Flags, Disneyland or Universal Studios. There aren’t many beaches in winter wonderland that is Madison, Wisconsin where I’m from so for sure ManSanta Monica beach and then drop by Santa Monica Pier. Its important to stay active and healthy so definitely hiking Runyon Canyon or seeing a piece of history by hiking the Hollywood sign. Take a trip down tourist lane by visiting the Hollywood walk of fame and living that rich life down Rodeo drive. Then ending the day enjoying good food in DTLA, Santa Monica or Manhattan Beach.

 

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?
First and foremost i want to give a shoutout to God because without HIM nothing is possible. God is great all the time! Next I want to shoutout my family and friends for their constant support and encouragement as I go along this crazy journey. Succeeding in one of the toughest industries in the world would not be possible without their support its not possible to endure the day to day grind and hustle that it takes to be successful., so my success is their success. Specifically I want to shoutout one of my role models, my grandfather who passed away recently who constantly encouraged me to keep pursuing my dreams, never give and in his words “keep on keeping on” He may not physically be here but he will always live on in our hearts and minds. He taught me to always be a light in this dark world and I’m constantly want to keep that in mind and inspire the world to be the best versions of themselves no matter what.

 

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