Jason Gonzalez was born in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up in a Latino household, the idea of becoming an actor or director wasn’t considered a reality. Even so, he decided to live out his dreams of a career in film and tv.
At the age of 17, he worked in New York City as an actor on many films and shows alongside Denzel Washington, Tyrese, and Luis Guzman to name a few.
Gonzalez studied film and communications at Queens College and had written four feature-length screenplays by the time he was twenty-one. He also worked in New York City at WABC, WCBS, and NBC Universal as a cameraman and editor.
In 2019, he decided to return to his passion for film. He produced, directed and acted in the short film, Artificial Souldier, as a first-time filmmaker.
The film has already won multiple awards on the festival circuit, including an Honorable Mention: Fantasy Film at Top Shorts in July 2020, and Best Actress for Paola Tonini at the Actors Awards in September 2020.
We invited Jason to join us for an interview. Here's his story.
Jason, it's a pleasure to interview you today, thank you for this opportunity! You've previously mentioned that growing up in a Latino household in New York, the idea of becoming a filmmaker wasn't considered a reality. Yet, from the age of 17, you've worked in New York as an actor in many films and shows. Can you please tell us more about your background, what drew you into acting, and what were some of your first steps in the entertainment world?
I grew up in New York and had a great opportunity in high school to attend an acting program that helped me gain confidence in myself to get up in front of a group of people and perform. We learned how to implement both emotional and physical reactions while playing out scenes and exercises. From there, I started using school equipment to create short films both in high school and college.