We had the good fortune of connecting with George Jac and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi George, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
When I thought of values or principles that matter the most to me, it was difficult to narrow it down to only one. But when I put a bit more thought into it, I realized that I can distill down all of the other values I was thinking of into one: EMPATHY. I believe that genuine empathy is the ultimate core value that we all as humans can aspire to develop. As an actor, I’ve always known that this attribute is one that should be greatly prioritized, but as I’ve grown older I have seen how empathy really is the key to thriving in all aspects of life: relationships, career, personal development etc.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Hmm, I don’t like to categorize myself and put myself into a box, because I truly embody all of the above. I am an artist & creative, but I am also a businessman & professional. I began my creative life as a performer and sought out a career in acting, but I believe what was different about my introduction into the creative industry was that I learned the ropes of the business side too, by concurrently immersing myself in producing. I’ve been a professional since 2013, and although I have a long ways to go in my own development, I know for a fact that one of the reasons why I’ve been able to reach success as a creative is because of my thirst for knowledge. The film industry tends to have a propensity for specialization, and I refused to go along with the trend. As an actor, I was consumed with the mechanics of the set. I constantly asked questions and was proactive about learning other peoples’ jobs, language on set and how/why things happened the way that they did. Fast-forward to now..I am grateful that I had the wisdom to foster that type of attitude, because it has helped me become the complete producer that I am today. I am confident in my ability to take a concept from an idea, to a script, shoot it, act in it, edit it and market it too!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When it comes to travel, I’m huge on immersing yourself in culture–and what better way to learn about other cultures than food! The following are some of my favorite spots that feature original cuisine: Canada Steak Burger – Greek Chicken Salad Tacos el Gordo – Tijuana Style Street Tacos Flavors of East Africa – Jamaican Jerk Chicken Hodad’s – Burger & Onion Rings Louisiana Purchase – Gator Bites & Spicy Chicken Kansas City BBQ (Yes, from “Top Gun”) – BBQ Shortribs Next, you have to hit all of the beautiful spots that San Diego is known for: Coronado Pacific Beach La Jolla Downtown San Diego Cabrillo National Monument Mt. Soledad Monument and of course, Mexico!! Hit up all of the above, in no particular order, and thank me later!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The 75 Hard Challenge/Program. The 75 Hard program, created by entrepreneur and podcaster Andy Frisella is a more than a challenge, it is a movement that has been picking up some incredible steam. Lauded as a fitness challenge because many of the physical transformations that have been attributed to the challenge, it is NOT. It is 100% more of a “mental toughness” program, which outlines rules (or habits) that users must follow for 75 days: 1) Do two 45-minute workouts a day, one of which must be outside. 2) Follow a healthy diet with zero alcohol or cheat days. 3) Drink 4 liters of water per day. 4) Read 10 pages of nonfiction a day. 5) Take progress photos every day. I am not exaggerating when I say that this challenge has completely transformed EVERY aspect of my life & I encourage anyone who needs more self-discipline to try this for themselves!
BTS Photos Courtesy of Blair Robb Photography