As photographers in Manhattan we have the opportunity to work with a range of fantastically talented, interesting people. And we had the thought recently, "wouldn't it be awesome to share some of their stories?" And thus City Headshots Spotlight was born!
We'll be featuring actors, actresses, anyone creative and getting their thoughts on acting in New York City. So sit back, relax, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy our first City Headshots Spotlight.
Featured this week: Jasmine Johnson!
CH: When did you first become interested in acting?
Jasmine: Since I can remember I've always loved pretending to be someone else or pretending I was in outrageous and crazy situations. I very vividly remember standing in front of my mirror on multiple occasions singing the theme song to "That's so Raven" with the re-write of "That's so Jasmine" before acting out every scene of the show by myself. I think it really hit me that I wanted to be an actor in the fourth grade when I did a poetry recitation contest at school with Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise." It went pretty darn well for a fourth grader and besides winning the contest, it was so much fun. It was at this point that my mom and I decided to go ahead and put me in some acting classes and from there everything just fell into place and I decided that I wanted to perform for the rest of my life.
CH: What is the most difficult thing about pursuing this career?
Jasmine: The most difficult part about pursuing an acting career is the vulnerability. Whether in training, auditions, or on stage, you have to be incredibly brave and willing to put yourself out there every time you're performing. It's exhausting and can be downright terrifying at times, but that's what makes the work of an actor so incredible. We live truthfully under imaginary circumstances and in order to do that, we have to expose the parts of ourself that no other job requires someone to expose.
CH: What is your favorite thing about the craft of acting?
Jasmine: I absolutely love that acting causes you to discover yourself through the process of discovering your character. There's something so thrilling about it. I've learned so much about myself through my acting training, especially during my first year at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. I've learned that acting isn't just about pretending to be someone else by pushing yourself aside, but about using the true parts of yourself to connect to and sympathize for your character. There's a lot of vulnerable work that goes into tapping into the parts of yourself that somehow only playwrights know how to make you face. Acting really makes you grow into a beautifully well-rounded human being. It's wild.
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