We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mike, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
This is a question I ask myself almost every day. I’ve been acting full time for 3 years now and my success is inconsistent to say the least. I’ve spent the past 7 years pursuing an acting career and the past 8 years away from my hometown and my family. I’ve invested so much of life in my craft, that the thought of giving up sounds as terrifying as giving up on life. I’ve found what I love to do in life and I am constantly reminding myself that it’s so rare to find this type of love. It took me 20 years to find something I was passionate about and I’m beyond grateful for that. I searched long and hard to find something I loved and am passionate about. Majority of my 20’s were devoted to refining my skills as an actor, writer and filmmaker. To give up now would mean accepting failure and that would ruin my entire psyche. There’s nothing else in the world I can imagine me doing. I’ve given my life to this pursuit and that keeps me going. My plan A, B, C and all the way to Z all are in support of my dream. I’m all in. I have no other choice. No other option. It’s all or nothing for me and that keeps me going. The most fulfilling part of this journey is that blessings will come from this type of mindset. Anytime I’ve had my back against the wall and didn’t know how I was going to pay my bills or even eat, that’s when I book a job. My faith keeps me going and constantly rewards me for my belief and trusting the process that this is a journey that will work with patience.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart is that I’ve cultivated complimentary skills in the art of film. I am not a fan of sitting around allowing other people to control my destiny. This idea of waiting for an Agent or Manager to get me a job doesn’t make any sense. The same applies for waiting for a Casting Director, Director or Producer to approve that they “like me” does not sit well with me. That lead me to not only become as great an Actor I could be but to hone my skills as a Writer and Filmmaker as well. This approach has rewarded me spiritually more than anything. When you know you’re great enough to do it own your own it’s a major confidence booster. I know I can do this. I’m a triple threat and that excites me. With the way the film industry is headed multi-talented artist will have more opportunities. I’m now at a stage now where I have Film and TV credits, I’ve been in a global Emmy nominated campaign and on top of all that I have 4 short films and web series that I independently created myself. My track record is proof itself that I’m legit. What excites me is my dream of writing, starring and producing my own movies and tv shows. I’m really excited for that step in my journey. It’s been hard work getting to where I’m at today; I’ve been unemployed multiple times, broke, alone and living month to month. But the feeling of being alive and living through uncertainty is a rush. There’s a feeling of being alive when you don’t know how you’re going to live. I have no clue what my life will be like 3 months from now and that’s exciting. I’ve learned that that’s what life is about. Living fully and embracing the times when you don’t know what is going to happen next. Just trusting God, Jesus and the Universe will result in unexplainable miracles in life. In the end it’s all about the world being enlightened through my films and ultimately sparking the minds and spirits or people.
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’m still relatively new to LA – I moved here in July of 2020 from New York so my experience has not been the typical LA experience thus far. I will say I’ve fallen deeply in love with hiking Runyon, Franklin and Griffith parks. Tu Madre in West Hollywood is one of my favorite restaurants they have a really creative menu of tacos, burritos and bowls.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh man this is tough. I have to shout out my family first and foremost for encouraging me as a kid and nurturing my spirit as well as mind. Being championed as a kid goes a long way and transfers over to your psyche as an adult. Without a supportive nurturing family growing up there’s no way I’d be as independently strong as I am today. So shout out my Moms, Dad, Grandmas and Uncles. Second I’d have to shout out my city of Detroit. Detroit inspires me so much day in and day with the inherit hustler spirit that Detroit cultivates. The drive I have is very much the drive of a Detroit hustler. And last I’d have to shoutout all of my friends as well as teachers throughout life who have helped open up my mind to new ways of thinking and helped introduce me to new levels of growth. It’s important to surround yourself with good people because their energy and spirits will effect you. I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by wonderful real life angels throughout my life.