We had the good fortune of connecting with Jace Harrison and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jace, what role has risk played in your life or career?
There is always a risk to some extent when it comes to making decisions, especially those that shape one’s own life. Decisions and risks are very closely related because without making those decisions to pursue my passion for acting and filmmaking by trying to make a career and a living out of it, there would be no risk involved there. As soon as I graduated high school, I decided to get my foot in the door as soon as possible by immediately working on various films and shows as a background actor. Starting from the very bottom of the totem pole and working my way up is a heavy risk in itself, but I am willing to take that risk to enjoy the journey in its entirety if I reach the personal success I’m striving for. It has gotten me to where I am right now so far, and I am currently working on a full-time background/stand-in gig, and I am going to be in a good friend’s web series soon on top of that. With all that in mind, I know I’ve hit some speed bumps of accomplishments along the way and that wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t take that risk to commit to what I’m happy doing. If nothing was driving me to take that risk or if I was simply too afraid to take it, then I believe it would ignite an immense void in my life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think what I am most proud of is the fact that I have a career in this field so soon and that I’m progressively climbing up the totem pole more as I come across good opportunities for me. I remember how I was bouncing back and forth between different background jobs for multiple shows and films until I came across CW’s Legacies who needed some more people to portray students at the fictional school the show is revolved around. I’ve been consistently working for them for about two and a half years now and working full time this season on top of that. Working there has taught me what it is like to be on a professional set and how to carry myself and maintain professionalism while doing my job there. Some days I work there are harder than others, but I still love it regardless of how difficult it could be on those days. In my opinion, the worst day on set is better than the best day working anywhere else. The process of bringing something to life through filmmaking and portraying characters is a beautiful thing, especially when it impacts others in a positive light. It’s an exciting way of storytelling that I want to devote myself to for the rest of my life because I don’t see myself doing anything else.
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 think my favorite go-to spots in Atlanta are definitely the CNN Center, the World of Coca-Cola, and especially the Georgia Aquarium. I’d say we spend a good portion of the week visiting those places on top of some sightseeing. We’d definitely go and get a milkshake at The Yard as well. 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?
The person who is most responsible for my success is definitely my mom. She’s the one who helped me find those first couple of background acting gigs after high school and would always drive me to them when I couldn’t. Her love and support are unconditional and you really need a source like that to get by when you need a lift the most because there will be times when you genuinely believe pushing on with your dream is the hardest thing to do. Without her though, I’m definitely not where I am today. Not even close.
All Photo Credit – Kaleb Beal