I'm J.D. of the Brookshire. No, I'm not a hobbit but I am an actor. I do enjoy playing hobbitesque roles that are energetic, lighthearted, comic, and childlike. I have a fondness to portray characters that have a sense of innocence about them. I also enjoy the flip side to that which are dark and edgie traits.
Like a hobbit I love food! I enjoy cooking immensely. My specialties are turkey meat lasagna, eggplant parmesan, and chocolate chip pie. Yum Y'all! I have a sense of adventure and an admiration for travel. I find learning about other places, people and cultures is the lifeblood for an artist. That quality demands a respect for others and creates a sense of well roundedness. These are qualities that have helped me prepare roles in the film Limbo which was selected to go to the Cannes Film Festival. Or the role of the financial advisor I played in the movie Almost Paris which went to the Tribeca Film Festival in April of 2016. Which can now be purchased on Hulu, I-tunes, Fandango, Amazon and Cable on Demand.
I got the opportunity in February of 2020 to write, produce and act in my own project that I helped co-create with my friends. The experience was incredible and I learned so much about what takes place behind the camera.
My film project Howard was completed in February of 2019. It is a fascinating true story about two mormons who fall in love and how they navigate through a maze of challenges. That love is so strong and so pure it proves to be a reason why love is a reason to breathe. This role, the role of Ben is by far my most favorite character I have ever had the blessing to portray. This project directed by Zorinah Juan and produced by Pat Labez is a dream come true for an actor who wants to tell a story. Being a part of this project was like being part of a family. The central theme and element in this story is love. The people involved in this project became as they say in Hawaii, my ohana. They are truly my film family and I am so excited as this film project makes its way out of the gate. In March Howard was shown privately to the investors and sponsors in Arlington, Virginia.
In May of 2019 Howard won the audience award at the Pan Asian American Film Festival in Washington D.C. In June Howard was shown at the Soho Film Festival in New York City, New York. Howard was selected and nominated for best narrative short film at the Widescreen Film Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, in September of 2019.
On June 6 through June 8, 2019, I performed as a Russian Activist in a play based on the book Global Gay. One of my dreams as an actor is to perform at the La Mamma Theater in New York City. That came true with this project Global Gay in June.
Arthur Miller has always been one of my all time favorite writers so when I landed a role in All My Son's I was beyond thrilled. The play performed on the upper west side of Manhattan. I performed the role of Frank Libby the optimistic neighbor obsessed with astrology.
I have a love for all types of sports such as Soccer, Snowboarding, Snowskiing, Waterskiing, Wake Boarding and Swimming.
In addition to my love for those sports I am also a writer. I have written a television show called Hamptonitis. It is a comedy that is a cross between Arrested Development, Portlandia, and Modern Family. My writing team and I won third place at the Genre Blast Film Festival in August of 2019. We were also selected for the Pitch Now Festival, an extension of the Sundance Film Festival to help connect writers to agents, managers and production companies.
Im currently in development with another project that has its zoom reading (hello pandemic) in just a few short weeks. It's also a comedy exploring how dreams can shape our state of happiness when we allow it. I'll keep you posted on its progress.
My intention is to always live in the present but allow the past to teach me valuable lessons so I am equipped to handle whatever the future might hold in store. I look forward to whatever role might present itself to me in film, television or theater especially in my home of New York City.