Jake Katzman: Actor, Singer, Composer, And More

Please introduce yourself. What do you do? Why? What do you want people to know about you?

I have worked on Films, TV, Broadway, Commercials, Voice-Overs, Soundtracks, Video Games, and Modeling Campaigns. I am a gifted actor/singer/ songwriter/ musician/ composer. In addition, I play piano, drums, guitar, along with writing my own music and creating beats.

I started acting professionally at the young age of six. I just finished filming a lead role in a feature film called SKELLY with Brian Cox and Torrey DeVitto. My work includes award-winning MATERNA, a movie drama released this August, in which I worked alongside Rori Culkin, Michael Chernus, and Lindsay Burdge.

I have been honored to work alongside as a lead with numerous Hollywood Legends. In THE WILDE WEDDING, I worked opposite Glenn Close and John Malkovich along with singing an original song as a soloist “When Love Comes Along.” I can also be seen in TROUBLE directed by Theresa Rebeck working with Anjelica Huston and Bill Pullman. In the Adderall Diaries, I played Christian Slater’s son alongside James Franco. I have multiple guest-star roles on network television series such as LAW & ORDER SVU.

I performed on Broadway for over three years, starring as Young Charlie in the Tony Award-winning show KINKY BOOTS directed by Jerry Mitchell. Working with various celebrities such as Brendon Urie from Panic! at the Disco, Billy Porter, and Wayne Brady to name a few.

I have released a variety of original music which is available on all Music Streaming Platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music. My songs FOOL & BEST FRIEND among other songs. I have approximately 100,000 streams. I am working on a new album.

I am a philanthropist who has an outgoing, humorous, charismatic personality! I am very passionate about giving back to my community and society. I volunteer my time for many organizations and help raise funds for different charities such as St Judes, Escape the Vape campaign, and Broadway Cares. I am a high honor student who has completed many college credit courses and maintains a 4.0 GPA.

What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?

I have been working professionally since I was 6. My parents balance work with me, going to regular school, and experiencing a great childhood. I work hard in school and I am in the elite IB diploma program.

It is important to me to experience everything in life. I am a songwriter and get inspiration from my experiences.

Describe THAT moment when you realized you’re doing what you were born to do.

When I was young I was always entertaining people by singing, making people laugh or dancing. My parents said I had no fear and I was always so happy. I can’t remember when I didn’t perform.

People noticed me and my first job was a guest star role on Law&Order SVU and I even made it to Broadway. Now I am still doing what I am passionate about!

What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to go through and how did you grow through it?

The biggest challenge is that I have to always train and learn how to be better at my craft. As I get older it gets harder and the transition from a child actor to a teen actor is a process.

I am inspired by so many talented people so it keeps me motivated.

Who are the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could elevate your career or business? Why these specific individuals?

I would love to meet Steven Spielberg. I have always been interested in directing. I directed my own music video and I am fascinated by Spielberg’s point of view in his movies and how they come to life.

Charlie Puth is an incredible songwriter. Listening to his work inspired me to take music theory to help me grow as a songwriter. A conversation with Charlie will be so interesting to share our process of writing musical pieces.

Michelle Obama would be honored to meet. Her speeches are inspirational and she lifts people up to be the best they can be. Her insight into people and how to make the world a better place is priceless. There is so much I can learn.

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