Most people don’t do well with adversity. These two realities are why there are plenty of talented people
Everywhere, in every pocket of society, who don’t rise to their potential. There are people who have been given plenty of gifts and skills, but the hardships of life and their own lack of resolve and diligence severely restricts what they can accomplish.
However, there are a few of the rare ones who do have talent and skill, but they have something far more valuable: the ability to keep going and readjust when adversity comes, and the discipline and patience to make things happen in a consistent process.
Witnessing talent and God-given gifts coming together with significant perseverance and discipline is a truly incredible thing.
A United States Air Force veteran with 8 years of service, James concluded his service in 2011 to pursue a full-time acting career, going from one of the most secure and stable careers on the market to one of the least.
“It was an enormous risk leaving a secure, military role into an insecure position, but I’m so glad I took the risk.”
The risk was worth it. James has acted in over 80 different productions, handling a wide range of roles in different, complex genres. In 2022 alone, James has acted in 6 projects including the Lifetime series #TextMeWhenYouGetHome as well as two feature films, Mister Gates (Dondaga Films) and Homeboys (NSM Production & JF Bailey Films), both expected for release in 2023.
“My passion behind acting is escaping into another dimension of empathy to where the audience can escape to connect and relate, thereby making an impact.”
James didn’t get into acting by nepotism or taking the easy path, either.
“I had no ties or connections in the entertainment industry. I had to put forth all the efforts and actions into getting to know the business on my own. I went through many years of acting as an extra on productions, acting in many student films and short films. All of that eventually led to bigger opportunities like getting cast in feature films as well as episodes on various TV productions. Where there is a will, there is a way. My motivation and perseverance in doing what I love to do will never die.”
James has persevered and readjusted after a plethora of difficult “no’s” in his career. “You never know what a Casting Director is thinking, so do not worry about something you cannot control, like rejection. It will show in your face, and you most likely will not book the audition. Also, treat each audition as if you are having fun. Even if you do not book it, use each audition as a learning experience to succeed and grow stronger in your craft.”
James is accelerating his career and aims to expand to over 100 credits within the next few years. “I’m a professional, and I’m devoted to mastering characters using methods of instinct as well as strong, in-depth improvisational skills. My goal is to make a cinematic impact on global audiences.”
Some of James’s most familiar work includes an episode of Mystery Diners on the Food Network, where he played a manager who steals a barbecue sauce recipe from his uncle, the owner, and a role on Investigation Discovery’s Most Evil, the series finale of the show, in which he played a serial killer named Levi King. He also played Sean Penn and Jim Toth on two separate episodes of “The Price of Fame” on the REELZ channel. One of James’s most proud accomplishments is the film “The Johnny Starr Story,” based on a true story about a musician who dies mysteriously with his band in a plane crash.
Learn more about James:
Demo Reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oATjOSBTX4k
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/jburlesonactor