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Who are you and what do you do?
Jesse Stoudt is an American actor and filmmaker who has worked with the likes of Award winner and two-time Oscar nominee Travis Knight, Actor and Filmmaker Chuck Williams, and Emmy Award Winner Edgar Ybarra. He was recently casted as a co-lead in the upcoming western The Righteous Twelve (November 2018). Jesse has professional film, theater and improv training. He is a graduate of Chuck Williams masters acting class. He is currently attending The University of Arizona for a degree in The Bachelor of Arts in Film & Television. Jesse is an enthusiast for the arts and spends his downtime exploring new gallery and museum exhibits, while also attending industry events. He has a passion for improving people’s lives and often volunteers for community outreach programs and charity events. Even on set, if there is labor to be done, he lends a hand. Jesse founded 233 Productions (A Stoudt Industries Company) in order to connect people in the form of art.
“As people are divided because of cultural and ideological differences, we find that art can connect people of opposing views in a manner that we cannot express in words. Art allows us to show real world problems in a creative and beautiful way. It can have such an impact on someone that they are forever inspired to change the world for the better. Even if only one person is inspired by my art that’s all that matters. It only takes one person to start a movement and change the world.”
Why does it matter?
I have only been acting since August of 2017 and have already landed a Hollywood blockbuster production. I am currently helping build the future of indie film here in Arizona by being a part of three different production companies.
When did you realize performing was what you wanted to do?
I realized I wanted to become an actor after watching Jared Leto perform as the Joker in Suicide squad. I draw my inspiration from his roles as Niander Wallace in Blade Runner 2049 (2017), The Joker in Suicide Squad (2016) and Nick Lowell in The Outsider (2018).
Do you remember what it was like in the beginning?
When I first started acting I had no idea what to do. I was looking for casting calls through Facebook hoping to get my start in something. I found a posting by a man named Chuck Williams looking for college basketball players to be in a feature film. Now I knew nothing about the film industry, but I knew quite a lot about basketball. I submitted to be a part of his film and landed the role. I remember getting to set a day early and meeting one of the other actors who was going to be my teammate for the film. We enjoyed causal conversation together and decided to work on plays for the next day. The following day we managed to execute together perfectly, and it felt like just another game but this time it was on a film set. I have learned so much since then from not just the actors stand point but the filmmaker’s standpoint as well. To this date Chuck Williams has become my mentor.
What is your dream performance?
My dream performance would be to play a villain in a film. One that truly captivates the audience such as Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men (2007), Hans Landa in Inglorious Bastards (2009), Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) or Norman Bates in Psycho (1960). All these characters captivated their audiences in each of their own unique ways. That is what I hope to accomplish in my acting career.
Which living person do you most admire?
The person I admire the most would be Elon Musk. His innovations are truly inspiring to myself. I hope that one day he will lead the world in scientific innovation.
Which living person do you most despise?
I do not despise any person in particular that would be rather shallow of me. Rather I despise ideologies such as greed, envy, and anger. Such ideologies consume one’s being and turns them into something not favorable.
What is the quality you most like in a person (man or woman)?
The quality I like most in a person is their ability to love and be empathetic. It shows true selflessness and is an admirable trait.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement is starting a new chapter in my life and becoming a better person to benefit society.
What is your favorite word?
My favorite word is Godspeed because it is an expression of good wishes to a person starting a journey. Also, it is the name of my new favorite speedster.
What is your least favorite word?
My least favorite word is hate because it means to feel intense or passionate dislike for something or someone and that is a selfish desire.
What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
The thing that brings new light to my creativity is knowledge and the understanding of differences in the world.
What turns you off?
The thing that can dampen my ability to be creative is being a perfectionist and overthinking my ideas.
What is your favorite curse word?
My favorite curse would is “fuck” because it can be used in a variety of ways.
What sound or noise do you love?
I love the sounds of nature.
What sound or noise do you hate?
I dislike abrupt high pitch noises.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I would love to attempt to be an astronaut. The very idea of traveling to space or different worlds is fascinating.
What profession would you not like to do?
I would not want to be a structural iron and steelworker. It just seems like a boring career.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
If Heaven exits I would love to hear “It’s just a prank bro” when I get to the Pearly Gates.