1. What are the projects that you are currently working on? Please tell us a little about it.
I am currently working on an EP to release on iTunes early-mid 2017. I have spending tons of time trying to find my own sound while of course still working on my acting trying to get some more projects going soon. Also in the meanwhile I've been collabing with big influencers on social medias king things such as challenge videos and Instagram skits.
2. Please tell us what do you feel is your biggest achievement?
I feel that my biggest achievement so far has been booking ABC's Black-ish. Prior to that, I had only been on TV once when I was 14 on IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! Before working in television, all I had done was short films to continue growing as an actor.
3. Besides acting, what are you passionate about?
Besides acting, I have a very strong passion for music. It's so weird because when I listen to music or when I'm making it, I feel a true connection to the lyrics and listening to just one song can completely change my state of mind and how I'm feeling. Basically, music really moves me and I feel formed many of the decisions and accomplishments I have made so far. Besides music, I love surfing, going to the beach, making videos with friends and playing sports.
4. How do you prepare for a role?
To prepare for a role, I bring my script to my coach Amy Lyndon and go over all of it with her prior to going on set. I break down my character and really get into the connections I have and why I do what I do and say what I say. I don't worry about getting dialogue down, I make sure I know what's going on at all times and incorporate the connections I have with the character to myself.
5. Why and when did you decide to start you acting career?
I've always had a very strong passion for acting and being in and around the industry. I performed in many local theatre productions when I was 10-13, and when I was 14 I was approached with an opportunity to meet with some managers, and from there everything fell perfectly into place! I moved to la, got an acting coach, and I few months later I was working on my first film.
6. If you could travel the world with anyone whom would you take?
If I could travel the world with anyone, I would go with my brother. When I was younger we never got along because he's 5 years older than me, and it was a little bit of the typical older brother vs little brother situation. Now that I'm older and have matured more my brother and I have become very close and traveling the world with him would definitely be something to add to the bucket list.
7. Please tell us what do you feel is the biggest challenge in your acting career?
I feel that the biggest challenge in my acting career is staying focused. With all of the other things coming into the industry like social media, it's hard to focus on just acting when things slow down. I know there are so many other pending opportunities for me in other parts of the industry and I love learning about them, but it occasionally side tracks me from my real goal.
8. So many young actresses are committed to public service, setting a great example for their peers in terms of being involved with charities and the community. What causes are important to you, and what do you do to support them?
I really love helping the homeless. It's so sad to know that there are people with nobody to help them so they have to resort to living on the street. I could only imagine how someone in that situation must feel. I try to help the homeless every time I get the chance whether it's by buying them food or just giving them the money in my pockets. I always want everyone to know they are loved at all times even if it doesn't feel that way.
9. As a teen actor, how do you strike the balance between schoolwork and your career?
I took the CHSPE when I was 16, and graduated high school 2 years early so now I have transitioned to community college and trying to get into UCLA to study film. No matter where I am, I always find time to finish my schoolwork so that I can continue pursuing my dreams. School is not a backup option for me, it just feels good knowing that I still have that regular teenage struggle attached to me and it honestly keeps me humble more than anything. Knowing that I still do some things other regular kids that don't act or make music do.
10. If you were not a teen actor, what would you be up to now?
If I wasn't a teen actor, I would most likely still be playing baseball because that seems to be the trend in my family. Both my brother and dad played college baseball and it is a very big sport in my family. I'd also probably still be in regular school back in San Francisco with all of my friends.
11. If you have the chance to choose any other stars at your age to be your classmate, whom would you like to?
I've honestly been a classmate with almost every star my age. I went to a school that was meant to create a flexible schedule for actors and actresses who still want to do school, but can't be there 7 hours a day and don't do online. The people I grew up watching became my best friends thanks to school!
12. Have you ever taken acting classes before? And do you think acting classes are necessary for aspiring teen actors or actresses?
I have been going to the same acting class since I started acting and haven't taken any breaks besides for traveling. It keeps me refreshed and I still learn something new every week after years of being in the same class with the same people. Acting class is essential in my opinion to break through your comfort zone and really understand the work it takes to get into a role.
13. How can your fans interact with you online? And what’s your fan mail address?
Fans can talk with me on Instagram or twitter both @iamjackdean , or through my Facebook page which is just Jack Dean. I currently do not have a P.O box but stay tuned to my social media because I will open one soon!