At just five years old, Jax Malcolm asked his parents why we he wasn't on TV. When they explained to him that he would need an agent, he asked if they could "buy one," not knowing the true meaning. Shortly after, Jax's request came true when he got this agent and landed his first role in a Smart Power PSA.
Now 12 years old (2015), Jax's career has only continued to soar. The young actor has worked with Comedy Central and IFC with credits including the "Kroll Show" (2013), "Comedy Bang Bang!" (2012), "The Birthday Boys" (2013) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (2015). His most recent bookings include Taco Bell and the new FOX thriller, "The Other Side of the Door" (2016).
And acting is not the only thing on Jax's radar. Jax is due to put out his own Christmas album later this year (2015) - a fun and festive cross between cover songs and original music. The biggest influence for this album was Jax's music teacher, Jan Linder-Koda, who helped write a couple of the original songs. His goal is to be able to make music that he truly loves and to eventually tour.
In addition to performing, Jax loves fashion and just recently walked in LA Fashion Week in the Nancy Vuu 2015 show. He describes his style as fun and urban with a twist of humor. He always likes to make a statement with his fashion choices. His favorite brands include Nike, Sean John, Guess, Adidas, Speedo and TYR.
Wise beyond his years, Jax already understands the importance of a healthy lifestyle, as he is a competitive swimmer and a Junior Olympian / Championship team member. He advocates for health and wellness through exercise and sport participation, a message that is extremely important for other kids and teens.
School is also of great importance to Jax - he is a dedicated scholar who made Honor Roll with High Honors Achievement, and was one of eight students in his middle school to be awarded with the Leadership Medal for outstanding service to his school and community. Jax is a civic-minded 7th grader who served on his school's student council as Vice President.
Jax feels strongly about and is a Junior Ambassador for Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Having had kidney operations at a young age, in addition to having food allergies and asthma, he loves knowing that is there is a great place for children to receive great treatment. He is honored to be able to give back to them.
Finally, Jax is an award-winning artist and has won numerous blue ribbons as well as the Overall Sweepstakes Rosette honors at the LA County Fair's America's Kids Art Exhibitions. He is also an aspiring chef and has just completed his first cooking classes with Chef Eric Crowley. With these many talents and ambitions, Jax Malcolm is absolutely one-to-watch.
Jax currently resides in Los Angeles with his parents.
I’m really excited to share with your readers that I was just nominated for my work on the FOX thriller The Other Side of the Door by both the Young Artists Awards and the Young Entertainers Awards. It’s a big honor to be recognized for my Voice Over work!
I am an ambassador and speaker for CHLA. This past year I held my first ever #ActionJax Movie Morning Fundraiser benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. I had the opportunity to use my network of industry friends, brands that I love, and companies who support me with great success. I was able to raise over $2,000 for the hospital. I would definitely call this one of my biggest achievements! I’m looking forward to the 2nd Annual #ActionJax Movie Morning Fundraiser October 7, 2017!
3. Besides acting, what are you passionate about?
I am really passionate about my sports. I’m a competitive swimmer and archer. I’ve qualified for the Junior Olympics and am a championship team member of my swim team. If I’m not working or at an audition you will find me doing laps at the pool, or shooting at the archery range!
4. How do you prepare for a role?
I always start with research and character development. It’s really important for me to come from a place of honesty and understanding in my work. Then comes memorizing my lines and tweaking my performance.
5. Why and when did you decide to start your acting career?
It all started when I was 5. I was watching tv one night and was amazed by the kids on tv. I asked my parents why I wasn’t one of them. From there I got an agent and a manager and booked my first commercial a PSA for Smart Power within a couple of months. I love not just working but also the process of auditioning and working with casting directors.
6. If you could travel the world with anyone whom would you take?
I would travel with my whole family including my parents, grandparents, cousin’s, everyone! My family are seriously the most fun people to take anywhere because they always make me laugh!
7. Please tell us what do you feel is the biggest challenge in your acting career?
For me personally my biggest challenge is my learning disability. I have an auditory processing disorder, (similar to dyslexia), it makes reading and memorizing very hard for me. As an example it may take other actors my age an hour to memorize a script it can take me 4-5 hours. I don’t believe in letting any challenge stand in my way!
8. So many young actors 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?
As I mentioned before I am an ambassador and speaker for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. I get the opportunity to share my patient story with various supporters of the hospital, raise money and even speak at press conferences. This past year I was able to share beach safety tips at a press conference because I am certified LA County Junior Lifeguard.
I am also honored to be a founding member of Heal the Bay’s Hollywood Ambassador Board. Working with Heal the Bay allows me to spread the message of keeping our beaches and water ways clean to preserve them for future generations. As well as attend events at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium where I get to the opportunity to influence other kids when it comes to keeping our beaches clean!
9. As a teen actor, how do you strike the balance between schoolwork and your career?
I have a lot of help! I have a terrific team behind me for my career, and my parents always help keep me on task whether it’s getting to school on time, making it to practice or running lines. I would not be able to any of the things I do without their support.
10. If you were not a teen actor, what would you be up to now?
I would be doing many of the same things I do now. I’m a competitive swimmer. I’ve competed in the Junior Olympics. Competing at such a high level requires at least 2 hours a day at practice plus swim meets on the weekends. I do miss a fair amount of meets because I am an actor so I would probably never miss a meet I am also in a Junior Olympic Archery Development program and work privately with a coach to help prepare for archery competition.
11. If you have the chance to choose any other stars at your age to be your classmate, whom would you like to?
I would of course choose my best friend Chloe Noelle! It would be so much fun to get to go to school together and see each other everyday!
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 taking class since I was 5 years old. I think it is an important part of the process to learn what you need to do, and the kind of commitment it takes to be an actor.
13. How can your fans interact with you online? And what’s your fan mail address?
There are plenty of ways to reach me:
Fan Mail Can be addressed to:
C/O Craig Robinson Attorney at Law
Bien & Robinson A Prof Law Corp
16950 Sherman Way
Van Nuys Ca 91406
Favorite Sport: To watch Basketball to do myself swimming
Favorite Music: My favorite band is Imagine Dragons
Travel Destination: Disneyworld!
Favorite TV Show: The Amazing World of Gumball
Dream College: USC Film School
15. Now for my last question: what do you want to say to those who wish to pursue their careers in Hollywood?
I would encourage other kids to take some classes and see how they like it. Working means auditioning and auditioning takes a lot of practice! If they find they like the classes I definitely say go for it and live your dream!
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