Spotlight on Industry Pro - Jason Klamm
Jason Klamm is an actor, podcaster, director and writer based in Los Angeles. He has directed three feature films, including the documentary "Lords of Soaptown," and he directed one of the world's first viral videos, in 2001. He's published two books, has finished his third, and is working on two more. He runs the StolenDress Podcast Network and hosts the history-making "Comedy on Vinyl" podcast and acts monthly in the hit LA stage show "A Drinking Game."
Tell us about your credits. What projects have you worked on?
I've starred in two improvised mockumentary feature films, and most recently you would've seen me in an episode of "Drunk History," with Elijah Wood and Sophia Bush, in the final season.
What are you working on right now? Anything cool?
I've just finished writing my memoir, "The Professional Blur," which is about my time in entertainment so far, especially when I was an extra. I'm currently working on a web series called "Jay of All Trades" where I show how I do everything from prop-making to narrating and editing audiobooks to sculpting. I'm also in the final editing stages of my latest sketch comedy album with my comedy group "Dan and Jay's Comedy Hour."
What’s your favorite TV show of 2021?
I was genuinely blown away by WandaVision. I'm not a comic book reader, or a Marvel movie loyalist, but I thought it was a perfectly-constructed season of television. There was so much densely-packed into those TV show homages that I was surprised to see that some people didn't like those segments - you just had to read between the lines to enjoy it.
If you could work/be on any show, what show would that be?
I'd do just about anything to be on "What We Do in the Shadows," because it happens to be exactly my dark sense of humor, mixed with the aesthetic of some of my favorite shows.
What advice do you have for others looking to break into the industry?
Don't expect to be doing what you want to do right away. Be willing to try new stuff, but don't do anything that makes you feel less than who you are - don't put yourself in danger, because that's a learning experience you won't get anything positive from. The best advice I ever got was from Tom Lennon, who said "Greenlight yourself," which is to say, make your own stuff (which I was doing already, but it served as a reminder that I was doing the right thing). That's kind of the standard now, since YouTube exists, but when I started, having a viral video didn't mean you could get TV or film deals, so I've always been a very DIY filmmaker.
What’s one insider tip to success you’d give for others in 2021?
2021 is a difficult one, but I think it's still going to be a year for reassessment for many of us. I won't be taking the risks many people are - I won't be auditioning or working with other people until I'm vaccinated. The best tip for success I can give is to take care of yourself first, make sure you're safe, so that when it's safe to work again, you'll be here to get those jobs. In the meantime, come up with a few ideas that would be great vehicles for you. Even if you don't write them yourself, having an idea for something that fits you to a T is a good way to analyze what you really want from your career.
Where can we find you online?