HOLLYWOOD—Jason Holmes is an actor who has dared to try sorts of experiences as an actor and has no regrets. When attempting “Stand Up,” he discovered that it made him come closer to his audience. As a musician, the reality of ting and rhythm has forced him to understand where he is as a reactive and giving human being. And he quickly admits with tremendous excitement his discoveries.
MSJ: Jason, were there times when you had great doubts about becoming an actor or even being an active part of the theatre or films?
JH: Hey, there were times when I was completely confused because I had seen so many fantastically talented people on stage as well on film, I thought where in hell would I fit in. Then someone told me that appreciating others who might have extraordinary talent is very healthy. The idea of simply recognizing the gifts of other people adds much to who you are as a talent. After all, we learn by observation most of the time. We’re inspired by a performance that connects with every part of you. For example, watching Kenneth Branagh’s “Hamlet” is something one never forgets. I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen with his performance. Not only that, even though I had seen many performances of that classic, he brought to life for me that no other actor had before.
MSJ: Have you been forced to take on roles or play characters you considered trash, but accepted it because of financial necessity?
JH: Yeah, I must admit, a few times I have. And I’m glad that I did because it taught me something about taste and that an actor has to be selective. It’s all a part of being an artists whether it’s acting, singing or dancing. You have to be honest, realistic about what works for you best. Not only that [but] what will force you in becoming a better performer or artist.
MSJ: Have you had any unpleasant experiences working with someone who was definitely impossible to relate to as a cast member?
JH: Oh, my-gosh! So many times! However, it’s good because you learn how to handle difficult people. And they’re part of the real world. As an actor, what you’re doing is imitating or painting impressions of reality through characters we create on film or on stage. Not only that [but] you realize that people who are difficult to work with, usually are experiencing things personally that we don’t possibly understand. They might be frustrated about their career, could be simply just being lonely or have a need for acceptance or the affection from people. Oh, there could be so many reasons why people show or express their dark side. I try not to judge to quickly because you never know what someone is going through emotionally in their personal or professional life. As for myself, I give respect and I demand the same. So far this attitude has allowed me to overcome so many professional bumps.
MSJ: Has it taken you a long time to understand or appreciate who you really are as a human being?
JH: The more I’m involved with all types of situations and people, the more I discover about myself. I am for the first time enjoying the process or the moment to moment of maturing or growing up. I look forward to the next challenge each day of my life. And I know it’s inevitable.