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

Hi Jakkar, how do you think about risk?
I have always been told that playing it safe is one of the most dangerous things you can do. If you don’t take a chance or risk it all, then what are you doing? If you hope to be successful, you have to take risk. Break the mold. Move the needle. Push yourself beyond your own expectations. As for my career, I have made many risks and not once do I have to think, “what if” because, “I did !” Whether it was joining the Army (11 Bravo Infantryman), becoming an amateur Strongman or even being an actor, which I love dearly, risks has been more of a blessing to me than anything. You can’t believe in yourself or your abilities, if you’re not willing to risk anything at stake.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is myself. As an actor we have many colors (emotions). My acting teacher Matt Skollar taught me that as actors, we must paint when we are film. And our scenes are the canvas. What sets me apart from the masses is that I’m a trailblazer. Period. For my family. For my friends. For anyone willing to hear and enjoy. I’m an entertainer after all. I got to where I am professionally and as well as personally, by the full grace of God, and a supportive family that looks out for the best for me. Nothing in this life worth fighting for comes easy, but I promise you, all the hard work is well worth it. I overcame much trials and tribulations by keeping my faith. I know things look tough, but I’m tougher. I learned alot on this road called life. I’ve learned to smile more and be thankful. Obstacles are made to be overcame! I would like the world to know that I am a man of faith and strong will. A story teller who would just like people to be entertained.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend, Cynthia Montero would visit for a week, we would go all over Atlanta and the local areas. The Chipwich Store, Chopt Creative for salads, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca Cola factory, Stone Moutain Park, Subzero Icecream, Starlight Drive for a movie, Battle and Brew for a few gaming sessions and end it with a visit at Cascade Springs amd enjoy the scenery.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I love this. I’d like to give a shoutout to my mother Syreeta Thompson. She is the defintion of, “the backbone of the family” I’d like to give another shoutout to my brother Tyreek Pearson-Thompson. He motivates me so much and he is so creative. He’s a great artist and as well as a great person. A shoutout to my grandparents for teaching me manners and a shoutout to Cynthia Montero. My love, my fighter, my protector.

Instagram: @jakkarthompson

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