Today we’d like to introduce you to Jake Hunter.
Hi Jake, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I actually wanted to be a baseball player growing up. I played in college and drove 8 hours from upstate New York to an open tryout for the Philadelphia Phillies. When I got there, they said it was rained out. I went to coffee shop nearby and a random guy approached me and gave me his card. He worked at a talent agency and asked me to come by for an open call. I realized the universe may be pushing me in another direction. I ended up going to the call, and they signed me. After six months of being in New York, I decided to pack it up and give it a shot in LA. After a year of student films, acting classes, and personal training, I finally booked a gig on an Amazon Prime show. I worked my way up to a producer and then ended up winning a Daytime Emmy a year later. I moved on from the project and was set to Co-executive produce King Lear starring Al Pacino. When Covid hit and all productions came to a halt. I ended up jumping onto TikTok and grew over 1.5 million followers in less than a year. Now I am working in both social media and tv/film!
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I think one of the toughest things was my lack of experience. I knew I had to work twice as hard as everyone else who had been training to be actors since they were kids or had family in the business. I was also living out of my car when I got to LA and didn’t know anyone. I look back on it though and the tough times I’m super grateful for. I had no responsibilities and was going after my dream. That’s pretty lucky to me. Continue reading here