"Music is truly the language that breaks barriers if we choose to listen."
Jamaal Wilson is a performing artist from Brooklyn, NY, currently in The Book of Mormon on Broadway. He loves to tell stories that matter—creating interesting, unique and moving art that transcends perceived limitations and expectations.
Here's some of Jamaal's story...
Beyond your résumé and website, what’s something we may not know about Jamaal Wilson?
I have a strong affection for music of all kinds. I love hearing how just a simple chord progression can cause an emotion to overwhelm and also calm the senses within one phrase.
Music is truly the language that breaks barriers if we choose to listen.
What do you love about the digital age we live in?
I love that the digital age has given the power back to the common man. We now have the tools and opportunity to show our talents and worth through our own eyes, which may open and change the minds of others who may not have been able to envision them for whatever reason.
What do you hate about the digital age we live in?
While this age has opened doors for opportunity it has also negatively affected human interaction. People are more connected to a device than connecting to the person standing right in front of them. We are losing compassion, empathy and understanding for people who challenge everything you’ve been taught by their mere existence.
From all of your travels, what’s your favorite place in the world?
So far, Hawaii is one of the most magical places that I’ve ever visited. The connection to the islands runs deeper than any tourist attraction can show. The people, the beauty, the food, the waters, the land, the rhythm all culminate into a space that forces you to either follow along or not connect.
I had to shed my New York habits in order to truly embrace the island and all it had to offer.
What are you currently working on or towards?
I’m currently continuing to expand my acting career while also starting the beginning stages of my music career.
What's your advice to aspiring actors?
BE YOURSELF! This profession can reduce human beings with different backgrounds and upbringings to mere two dimensional “types” and that’s just unrealistic and limiting. I personally feel that actors are able to bring themselves and all they’ve learned and encountered into most roles if the right person has the insight and skills to safely lead them.
Why did you choose to “get creative” with us?
I ran across a friend’s website that excited me and got me thinking of ways of handling my own website. A place that would truly define me through my eyes instead of what I think someone else may want to see.
How you describe the process/experience?
It was actually an eye opening experience! I learned that we as actors can be neurotic and so concerned with self-image that we get in our own way sometimes. We accomplish so much and yet we’re afraid to acknowledge it in fear of what others may say.
What responses or results have you received from your new website?
I’ve heard nothing but wonderful feedback on the layout and format of the website. I’ve yet to use all the features of the website, but managing it has been easier than I anticipated and that’s truly due to the diligence of Tony and his team.
Huge thanks to you, Jamaal!
Congratulations on your well deserved Broadway debut and looking forward to your debut EP.
Learn more at JamaalWilson.com.
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