Up-and-Coming Actor and Producer Jason Abrams on the Importance of Having Fun While Building a Hollywood Career
Entertainment careers have unique benefits and disadvantages. For those lucky enough to make it to the top, it can afford you fame, fortune, and more fun than you can have in most other careers. However, these careers entail long hours, physical labor, repetitive work, and a highly competitive job market. If you don’t have connections in the industry, only the most committed and skilled can make it to the top. For those stuck at the starting line and looking for a way to get moving, these downsides coupled with the general instability and cutthroat nature of the career can be difficult to overcome. Actor and producer Jason Abrams once felt this despair himself, but has since resolved to overcome it; now, he’s enjoying his career more than ever.
Abrams Recalls Starting Out as an Actor
Abrams emerged from humble beginnings. After creating and running a DJ company for 15 years, Abrams decided to take a leap of faith and pursue his dream career as an actor and producer for film and TV. He started his career as many young actors do: starring in short films and taking small roles in big-name productions, (including Mad Men, The Sopranos, and Steven Spielberg’s The War of the Worlds). He even appeared on Law and Order: SVU, an early acting memory he recalls fondly.
With a producer credit and a larger role in a feature-length film (2019’s Night Sweats) under his belt, Abrams is looking to take the next step in his growing career. Now, he wants to share a few lessons he’s learned along the way.
Laying the Foundations for a Strong Acting Career
When you’re starting out as an actor, you can’t always be picky about the jobs that you do. As Abrams explains, “Sometimes it’s more important just to get your name out there and attached to something. You need footage for your acting reel, connections in the industry, and experience for your résumé.”
However, that’s not to say you should throw judgment to the wind. In the early stages of your career, it can be important to establish how you want to be seen as an actor, as it definitely has an effect on the rules you will receive going forward. This is not to say that you can’t branch out and explore new styles, moods, and genres, but if you start off as a comedy actor, an action star, or a horror villain, you may find yourself getting more opportunities in similar roles than others. Put simply: if you allow yourself to be typecast, that can help those who want a certain kind of role, but your options beyond that will be limited.
Abrams also points out that if you are only ever associated with low-quality films, that can be detrimental to your image and reputation as well. “Whether or not you should take a certain role, of a certain caliber in a certain film depends entirely upon your goals, needs, and situation. The best general advice I could give for this situation would be to always keep your career goals in mind when evaluating the roles you might want to pursue,” he says.
Finding Time for Fun
Instead of trying to find the fastest way to the top, Abrams has instead decided to put more of a focus on enjoying himself and his career. This is clearly evident in his social media posts, where Abrams can be seen performing comedy skits, commenting on current events, dancing like a madman, and enjoying life as an actor in NYC. He’s always on the hunt for a new film or TV project to work on, either as an actor or producer, but he has committed to having fun along the way. He hopes that other aspiring actors and entertainers will learn from his example. “Never forget to enjoy yourself and make memories,” he says. “Once you make it to the top, that’s all you’ll have to look back on.”