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

Hi Jason, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Expressing myself creatively and artistically is what makes me the happiest. I’ve always wanted to have a job that I love and when I found myself watching movies and music videos all the time as kid I realized that I wanted to be involved with that process somehow. Throughout my adolescence I tried on the different hats with entertainment and found acting to be the most liberating and impactful in my life. When I began to get more serious with my training the choice to pursue it as a career became more about the impact it could have on other people and less about how it makes me feel. I think storytellers have such an important job in society and expressing yourself through your art could create conversation around topics that your passionate about. It’s all about revealing perspectives for me.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a multicultural actor and screenwriter which gives me a really complicated lens at American culture/history. When I got to a cognizant age of what it means to be a person of color in America I began really investigating my identity and what difficulties I could face if I were to enter into the entertainment industry. I think I’m most proud about representing the BIPOC community through the stories I tell both through my writing and through my acting. I’ve been working at this dream of mine since I was in middle school. Whether it was theatre, chorus, or making short films with my friends growing up, I’ve always been cultivating my art and that only expanded when I decided to pursue it in college. The thing I love about acting and writing is that you can never stop growing or training. Life experience feeds these artforms and so I’ll only continue to get better with age. I’ve had to learn that though…there was this obsession with making it as a teenager and becoming the next Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus…basically I wanted to be famous. Fame versus Art is something I think every artist deals with at some point and it’s a question you have to ask yourself if you want to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. When I do finally become a working actor and am able to support myself off of my craft, I want the world to know how much hard work I’ve put into this and that I’ll never shy away from speaking out for the underrepresented and those that are misunderstood.

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 would definitely start by take them to Grant Park. It’s such a beautiful outdoor activity where you can talk about any and everything while also getting in a little exercise. There’s a dope little restaurant called Carrol Street Cafe that I love in the area as well where we could enjoy some cocktails and a light lunch. Little Five Points is another area I think is worth visiting. It’s so grunge and artsy and full of life. We could thrift shop and then grab an awesome burger at Vortex.
Lastly I would take them to my favorite part…THE BELTLINE. There is so much art and it’s so clean. I love just looking at the murals and there are so many restaurants that we could stop by and eat at.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would say that my mother Angela Gonsalves is one of the most impactful people in my life in relation to my acting career. She pushed me to take the craft seriously and for that I’ll forever be grateful. Mornell Studios here in Atlanta is also a huge motivation for me. Moving to Atlanta after earning my Bachelor’s in Theatre Performance I was ill prepared for the self-tape market that lay ahead for me, but Mornell Studios really helped grow my confidence in my self tapes and allowed me to have fun with the audition process again. All of my professors at the University of South Florida also deserve a shout out for the endless lessons and opportunities they afforded me. Suzy Devore and Fanni Green are both wonderful women who served as mentors in my acting career at various stages and I will love them forever. And of course, the shout out wouldn’t be complete without giving thanks to Beyonce who has served as inspiration and an example of what hard work and dedication can do for a career in entertainment.

Website: https://www.jasongonsalvesofficial.com/

Instagram: jasontheperformer

Twitter: @jsonnnG

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClFeImwUWezNPjyoTnS4rIw

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Eley Photos

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