Jerome is a member of The Gathering Spot, Black Excellence Society, ATL NAACP Economic Development Committee, & Greatest Minds. Ambassador of Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson Alumni & affiliations with International Economic Development Council.
The creative rising star and business expert is soon moving to New York City from Atlanta, GA to pursue a career in entertainment and media.
What sparked your interest to enter the entertainment industry as an actor, director, and producer?
Essentially, a calling of my life was revealed by God through prayer. On Sunday, March 27, 2022, I had the feeling of being stuck and like I had hit a wall because I had no idea what was next in my life, and the direction that I was heading occurred, while grocery shopping in Whole Foods. Om Tuesday, March 29, 2022, during the night, before bed, I prayed and asked God what is it that he would like me to do. I mentioned five things and acting or anything relating to entertainment wasn’t included! By Friday, April 1, 2022, Rasul, my childhood friend and best friend, from my hometown of Savannah, and I were driving by Georgia State University. We saw film trucks and a movie being filmed and he revealed that he can see me acting. The reply that I provided was, really? He replied yes! I stated well, I always aspired to direct and produce my own films, and he stated, well, you must start somewhere.
The next morning, Saturday, April 2, 2022, when I awoke, it hit me what God had wanted me to pursue. Ultimately, he revealed his purpose for me, while on earth. I said, ah-ha that is it. Immediately, I conducted research on acting schools in NYC (I texted my friend Love, of NYC, who’s also into acting, as it’s one of her passions, and inquired about the best acting schools in NYC) she replied: Stella Adler and AMDA (being ranked number 2).
On Monday, April 4, 2022, I called and spoke with a representative from AMDA & applied for general admission, and started to complete the AMDA application. I then called my mother to ask if she could see me acting. She said, yes, of course. A few hours later, I was at a BP gas station and saw a Tyler Perry Studios van pull up and park as I was pumping gas, so I took a picture and stated to myself that I must do this. It’s imperative!
Fast forward to Thursday, April 6, 2022, an email was received stating that I’ve been accepted into AMDA NYC campus acting school for the acting for camera conservatory program (film, tv, & media/content creation). Once the news began to sink, tears began to roll down my eyes, and I just said Thank You, God because the reward of consistent hard work, grind, struggle, long nights, and figuring out true happiness, fulfillment, and joy within my life while also having the chance to finally move to my dream city of New York, was finally coming to fruition.
We understand that in the fall you plan to move to New York City to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy/AMDA College of the Performing Arts. Congratulations! What are some of your goals as you pursue your career as an actor and film director?
Thank you, I really appreciate it.
My goals are to obtain an EGOT- the achievement of having won all four of the major American entertainment awards (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). Also, create an awards ceremony, similar to the Emmy, Grammys, Oscars, and Tony awards, but for people of color. As well as create and build an acting school for those of color who may not be able to afford acting school or professional training techniques.
“I’m not trying to be the best, I’m not trying to be the greatest, the goal is to be the most effective that I can be when it’s time to perform” by JKM.
In addition to the arts, you have an outstanding track record in Social Entrepreneurship with a concentration in Global Issues from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. From your point of view, why do you think it’s vital for POC to become business owners?
People of color should become business owners because ownership is key! First and foremost, it’s a must that you’re in control of how your time is utilized, as time is the most valuable resource. If one isn’t a business owner, then this luxury can’t apply. In order to procure freedom, from a financial, economic, emotional, and mental perspective, then taking this route is how you change the narrative of being enslaved. Ultimately, generational wealth can be created, which is why it’s vital for people of color to become business owners.
What are some of your Entrepreneurial aspirations?
Create a co-working space with food in my hometown of Savannah, GA, and turn it into a worker-cooperative business model to benefit the employees.
Create a social enterprise in my hometown of Savannah, Ga addressing and teaching those who are on welfare and impoverished.
Create a media and production company focused on writing/storytelling, production, directing, and content creation.
Create and bring a professional basketball sports team to my hometown, Savannah, GA.
What else would you like our readers to know about you and what else can we be on the lookout for?
Currently, I’m working on a playwright project that I’m going to turn into a series, and I would like to pitch it to Issa Rae and have her company sponsor it and it should be completed by 2024, or early 2025.
In addition, 1 short film that I’ll be a part of as an actor, co-director, and co-producer, with a friend to collaborate with and we’re in the early discussions of the project should be completed by the end of this year, early 2024.
Also, look out for an appearance of me, being in New York Fashion Week, as a model.
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