Over-shadowed by big cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, Sacramento, Ca has harbored artists who have always fought to push through it's political roots to turn the California Capital into an Arts and Music Metropolis. Growing up there, it was only natural that J.J. would take on the city's urgency to be something more, to create something special and make a mark. As a kid, J.J. would write short stories, drawing the pictures and acting out the characters he came up with. As he grew into Jr. High and High School, he took on writing songs and singing, playing the guitar and drums. But his thirst for storytelling and theatricality continued with his mother's 8mm home-video camcorder. He started by using his little brothers' action figures to make stop motion animation shorts, voicing each character in their dramatic adventures, which eventually turned into him and his friends acting as characters as well. This continued for years as he sought the stage with his guitar and his yearning to tell a good story with his mother's camcorder, until Senior year of High School, when he took a Digital Cinema class that would change his world. There, he was given access to better tools and assignments that would stretch his storytelling abilities in the film medium. It encouraged him to make more and more films and even study the stage in his English class, trying his hand at acting in front of his classmates. It changed him. And it was then that he realized that he needed more than his hometown had to offer. A year after graduating Elk Grove High School, J.J. moved to Los Angeles.
J.J. continues to act today, having just performed in Noah Heidle's "Mr. Marmalade" playing the title role. He's starred in a number of short films over the years two of which received great acclaim at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. He is currently in post-production on a short film he produced and starred in called "A Thousand Words" and has a feature-length script in development ("Risque Nites"), which he wrote and intends to star in. J.J. continues to write music and perform around Los Angeles while working as a voiceover artist. He is currently represented by The Atherton Group (LA Theatrical), LoveStone (Commercial), and DPN (Voiceover).
The Acting Bug came biting when J.J. started his film degree in Fullerton, shooting himself on 16mm film the first half of the day and studying the theater with Gary Krinke the other half. He wanted to be an actor's director, but as he continued performing music in various bands, the "bug" started to gnaw. J.J. had to perform. He jumped all-in with acting and signed with SJV Enterprises, managed by Steve Vieira. He continued on to study comedy, improv and stand-up, graduating from The Second City Conservatory Theater in Hollywood. He started working more and more commercially, booking campaigns for McDonalds, Buffalo Wild Wings, Microsoft, and Cheetos. He went on to study at Ivana Chubbuck Studios with Chris Holder and then soon after got moved up to the master class where he studied directly with Ivana Chubbuck. His commitment and respect for the craft of acting grew as he went on to play roles in Showtime's "Shameless" and HBO's "Leftovers". He's worked with brilliant directors like Kevin Pollak, Anthony Hemingway, and Peter Berg.
Showtime's "Shameless", HBO's "Leftovers", McDonalds, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cheetos, Microsoft, US Parks, Toyota, Honda Motorcycles, Ray Bans, GREE, KOAN, Funny or Die, Mirinda-Pepsico, Post Hollywood, Hankook Tires, Air Force, Intel, and more...