Christopher Jackson

Christopher Jackson

Musician / Actor


Freestyle Love Supreme

New York, NY USA


The difference between fear and excitement is just a very, very small idea.

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Christopher Jackson

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Creative Broken HeartInterview Excerpt
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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
When he was a kid, he was very emotional, and often found himself frustrated because he didn't know how to express his feelings.
One day, a teacher gave him The Crucible, which was the first play he ever read.
He realized that the arts gave him the freedom to finally accurately express himself.
Followed his dreams to New York City, the most expensive city in the country.
Remembers only having a can of beans to eat for dinner and having to call his mom for $20 dollar wire transfers.
When he met the guys from Back House Productions, it was his first experience with a theater company.
Saw his future collaborator Anthony Veneziale running an "all hands on deck" troupe, and he loved their energy, wanted to be in the room with them.
He was cast in the production company's In the Heights, a hip-hop/rap musical that won multiple Tony Awards and a Grammy.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Music Performance, General
American Musical and Dramatic Academy
Career

Career

Musician / Actor

I'm an artist who observes and expresses the human condition through many mediums.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Acting & Theatre
Acting & Theatre
Music
Music
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

I am usually working on new material or preparing for a show or performance.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Learn to embrace the unknown.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Give yourself permission at the beginning of whatever you are doing to just go for it.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Music Performance, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I don't think I can do this. "

There is a small margin for error between being afraid and being excited. I had to make a decision to accept the fear and just do it.

Challenges I Overcame

Discrimination
Discrimination

Navigating through my profession's perceptions of race and "casting."

Financial
Financial

New York is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live. Being broke and just trying to make it, it's even harder. I remember nights when all I had to eat was a can of beans.