• Jay Jacobson

Art and Acting

As I get older, life keeps unfolding differently than I thought it would. I don’t know if it is just me, but life seems to get more complicated and difficult. I thought it would get easier, but I guess when you are young and carefree ignorance IS bliss! And so, I struggle on. Thank God I have my music and acting as an outlet. That must be why art is such an amazing thing. It is the place people express that unexpressed inner world. That deep place where they are grappling with, or appreciating life. Those feelings get expressed or released in their art. And the audience gets to feel those feelings as well – while experiencing the art. All I know is that there are feelings inside of me that need to come out. I don’t even think there are words for them – but I can totally feel them. I know they are there. And the only way they get expressed is through writing a song, singing or acting.

Which leads me to another topic I’ve been thinking about regarding this website. I have done extensive work as an actor (and continue to work as an actor). When this website was created, I thought that I would keep it focused about my music – since my music was reaching a much larger (global) audience than my acting work. I’ve been debating about adding a section to this site which deals with my acting career (credits, news, etc.). For now, acting pops up occasionally – in a blog or two (references to my Improv show and my short film “Lonely Boy”). However, a huge part of who I am is an actor, and my website has become more personal than I originally thought it would. My years of study and work as an actor have certainly shaped me, and influenced the way I think and look at the world. Sometimes I have trouble keeping that part of my life off the site and still feeling like this site represents me as a person. So much of who I am (in addition to a singer/songwriter) is an actor.

Given all that, I still don’t know if I should fully mix the two here. There is something very nice about having a site devoted only to my musical journey. Perhaps I should just continue to mention acting in my blogging? As you can see, I’m torn! If you have any thoughts or opinions please let me know. They would be greatly appreciated.

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