They say you have to leave Columbus and head for Los Angeles if you want to do anything in acting, but Columbus' own, Jessica Cameron is proving that with a little elbow grease and a ton of awesomeness, you can do it from right here in the heart of it all.
Jessica hasn't opened doors of opportunity for herself, she has kicked them down and said, "I'm here mother f@%#^s, come get some!" Using her talent, fun attitude and mastery of networking (not to mention a smile and eyes that would melt a man's soul), Jessica maybe one of the busiest actresses not in Hollywood. Get to know her a little more.
So, other than acting, what do you like to do with your time?
Honestly I am pretty boring!
I just like to hang out with my friends and family.
I have these two amazing little nieces and a god daughter who live in Canada that I try to spend as much time with as I possibly can. They are simply amazing and always make me laugh.
We play barbies, dress up and put together puzzles.
I'm really easy going, so when I am with my friends we may do anything and everything from going to a water park, playing paint ball, going to a coffee house, shopping, to a bar or dancing.
How long have you been acting and how many roles have you had in that time?
I have been acting for almost 6 years now.
In that time I have been a part of more then 60 projects.
Many of which will likely never be finished (as is sadly the case with some independent productions).
I have committed to about 15 so far for the next 3 years and am in talks for a bunch more. So it is very exciting.
What was your favorite role you played?
I have had a lot of fun playing such a wide range of roles.
One that stands out from a character stand point is a film called Potpourri.
In it I get to play a princess whose kingdom is over thrown, and she has to live in the woods.
It was so much fun to play this extreme, totally fictitious character. I got to draw inspiration from the classic fairy tales, but I made her feisty as well.
The script is so crazy, in a good way. The cast and crew were also so wonderful - it was a great shoot!
Which movie are you most proud of that you have done?
That is like asking a mother who her favorite child is!
Seriously I am so lucky to be in a position where I have done too many great projects, that I can not narrow it down to one.
When I win my first Oscar - THAT will be the project that I am most proud of ; )
(HINT - I am collaborating with an awesome award winning director now on a project that I think could steer me in that direction!)
Any you are embarrassed of?
There are definitely a few projects that I did when I was first starting out, and if I were approached to do them now I would not.
But I try to learn something from every set, even if it is what not to do. I am also lucky since most of the work I am embarrassed off will never likely get finished since most of these projects are sitting in limbo.
Give me one funny story or embarrassing moment you had while making a film.
I did this short film called Lovers, which required me to be in virtually no clothing for many of the scenes (it was shot so that you can't see anything though!).
There is this scene where the other actor throws me off him at a very "special moment" while we are in bed together. The bed was very high off the ground and EVERY time I would get tangled in the sheets and be hanging off the side.
It was hilarious. I think that was my least sexy moment EVER!
I am a girl who can laugh at myself, so it was all fun!
See the short film by Josh Chiara here:
How do you land most of your roles?
I have a team behind me who are all fantastic. I have gents in every market that I can get to, and we work together to make sure that I am getting submitted to all types of projects.
I also book a lot myself, when you work with people and they are impressed they tend to remember you.
I am really blessed to have some great people that want to work with me, so they find me when they have roles I could work for.
People also find me and my past work through the press that I do, so interviews like this helps a lot! (THANK YOU!)
For someone starting out, what kind of advice could you give them?
To work, work, work, work, work, work...
It’s a 24 hour a day job, 7 days a week. If you can not handle that, then you need to put your effort and energy elsewhere.
You need to spend that time networking, taking classes, auditioning, getting auditions, getting agents, staying in touch with your agents, getting a manager (depending on where you are located),getting your headshots updated, updating your resume, updating your reel, updating all the websites, etc.
You can see why it is so time consuming!
When first starting out, was there anything that surprised you about making movies or behind the scenes?
There is a lot of "hurry up...now wait" in this business. When you are new this can seem quite odd. People will push you to read scripts, sign contracts, submit auditions, get to set....only to realize that now you are going to wait. And wait. And wait.
It’s the business...nothing personal.
Also it is still surprising to me how the wannabes in this business act more self righteous and entitled then those who are very successful.
Some of the most humble and kind people I have met are those who have had a tremendous success.
Who are some of your favorite actors/actresses?
Sarah Polly - obviously she is Canadian, and so incredibly talented. But she has also had an amazing career arch that has included an impressively wide variety of roles and genres.
Ryan Gosling - he is another Canadian and I started as a "fan" (can I tell you how much that word makes me uncomfortable?) as a teenager. He was on this teen comedy called Breaker High and was hilarious. I have watched his talent grow, and am in awe of his amazing career choices.
Sean Patrick Flannery - I think the definition of a great actor is one who you don't immediately recognize. I saw Powder years go an only just recently found out that it was Sean in the lead role. He is amazing and I really hope to work with him.
Christian Slater - he is my ultimate crush, and he can act. As an actor I know how hard it is to fight to not be labeled and he has managed to continue on with his very successful career without getting pigeon holed.
If you could work with any director, who would it be?
Andy Fickman- I was just watching his film "The Game Plan" the other night, and it is so funny and cute.
I want to branch out and do more comedies and he is fantastic as a director.
Oren Peli - I love how he thinks outside the box, and his ideas are fresh. I think he would push my skills to the max!
Tony Randal - his latest film "The Double Born" blew my mind. It was so raw and gritty; I loved it and admired how he and the cast really went for it in all aspects.
Bob Kurtzman - his film "The Wishmaster' ignited my obsession with horror films in my teens. I have been a fan of his ever since.
The list could go on...
Where can someone see some of your movies/work?
Hopefully some of the work that was done this last year will be seen at a theater near you!
But in the mean time, here are a few links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTadEyaMMYA - My reel
http://vimeo.com/11661390 - Ninety Degrees and Sunny
http://www.vimeo.com/5610716 - Save Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN-WriWEr2Y - The dead matter trailer
You can also see some of my auditions on my facebook fan page (sorry my regular page is filled):
And my You tube page:
What upcoming projects do you have?
The Hot Damn Chapel
Girl Scout Cookies
The Witching Hour
The Jersey Devil
The Human Factor
And more : )
Have you ever thought about writing or directing a movie?
I have been approached about getting involved in those roles and as a producer.
At this time I want to focus on acting since it is my passion and what is driving.
I will get involved as a producer some time in the not so distant future, since I am drawn to that as well.
I can not write to save my life - so that is out of the question.
But some of my favorite writers are asking me for concepts and running plots past me, which is really cool. I have some really fun concepts; I am just not good at flushing them out on paper.
Has being in movies changed the way you watch movies?
I defiantly have a more critical and technical eye.
It kinda drives my non film nuts at times, since when I watch films with them I make comments like "wow...that's a great crane shot".
And of course many people who are not in this business don't know what a crane shot is.
It definitely has raised my expectations from what I expect when I watch studio films, since I know what can be achieved with studio budgets and connections.
What kind of role could you see me playing?
Ha - I would need to see your acting skill first.
Last question, would you be willing to remake 9 1/2 weeks opposite me?
Again - I would need to see your acting ability first.
Then we can discuss budget, pay scale, dates, etc.
Have your people contact my people ; )
Thanks you for your time and for sharing your mind with me Jessica.
I know it won't be long before your a household name. Keep up the great work.