We had the good fortune of connecting with Jayce Venditti and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jayce, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind the success of my brand or any brand is a number of things. It can’t just be one thing…at least not in my opinion. It never is. You have to know yourself, and the crazy thing is so many people now a days are so distracted they don’t know themselves, or are afraid to DO ME, worried that they will be called selfish. But those who you want to surround you will agree with that decision and probably be doing it themselves.
BUT… still… after you really have a solid idea on WHO I AM, and though it is always evolving and changing, others will tell you what they think you are and what you represent and what’s best for you.
I’ve studied the greats, not just in my industry, but many industries, and they unapologetically fight for what they believe is THEIR BEST THEM without sacrificing the wrong things or settling.
Sylvester Stallone, Dwayne Johnson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, to name a few, are similar to me. They may have gone through a lot of obstacles because they didn’t listen to those that SUPPOSEDLY knew more than them in their respective industries. BUT… after what seemed like an insurmountable number of walls that finally came to an end, they made their breakthrough, becoming the brand they knew they were and were meant to be—destined to be—wanted to be.
KNOW YOUR BRAND’S WORTH. KNOW ITS WHY. And pursue it unconditionally and unapologetically.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community? Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others?
We have to believe that something hasn’t been done before and that we are someone who can bring something new to the table—no matter the industry we are in. Or at the least set new standards and milestones or give something a new twist that’s unapologetically you.
For me, as an indie actor/filmmaker/artist/creative I’m taking advantage of really watching what some bigger A-listers and studios have done and how and enjoy breaking them down to determine how I can do them on my level and take what they have done even further. For example, Dwayne Johnson and Seven Bucks Productions. The company focuses on making films that fit his brand specifically. I recently started a new production companyAnomalousProductions.com, aka “The Anomalous,” (which we may get into later) whose origin story was birthed from two very important things in my life, very similar to what Dwayne Johnson did with Seven Bucks Production. The Anomalous’ main focus is films surrounding my brand. Because of that, I am writing, co-writing and hiring writers to write for my brand and desired film genres / ideas. Though performing is something that’s always been in my DNA, part of the creative process from being a storyteller as well as an actor is something I’ve fallen in love with.
Also, what I believe sets me apart is I have taken the concept of brand universes like Marvel, DC, etc. and am co-creating my own multitude of of universes (a multi-verse) of films from scratch — the Venditti Cinematic Universe (VCM for short) and developing a micro-streaming (hopefully translating to actual streaming) platform NMLS (an-om-al-ous).
Speaking of, and getting back to the “Anomalous” concept.: Anomalous means “deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected.” An example would be individuals who can be in the arts or something else, who make it in a way that people told them won’t work or is unorthodox.
Our tagline is “Embrace Change | Transcend Convention | Be Anomalous.” You can throw “Defy Tradition” and “Challenge Orthodox” in there too. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Sylvester Stallone, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and others are definitely anomalies. There are many women too. I just pull from those who motivated me.
What you are most proud of or excited about?
That I’ve realized this is my life and I’ve stuck with being an actor/filmmaker far past the point of many of my friends that I started with who have given up, and I am just seeing the light of day in my career. I’ve sacrificed so much—having a family, socializing, friends, easy financial freedom. But in listening to what others who are successful in the industry have done, I am confident I am on the right path for me and will be able to make up for all of it through the success of my craft.
How did you get to where you are today professionally? Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges?
Failures. Simply put… FAILURES: Failure to trust the right people. Failure in executing projects to a standard I should always have. Failure to execute at all. Failure in executing when I wasn’t ready. Was it easy to fail? No. But it was easy to come away with lessons that allowed me to not fail at the same thing the same way again, but rather evolve and adapt.
What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way?
Consistency. Trust your gut MOST of the time. We aren’t perfect, so trusting it ALL THE TIME is just plain stupid. SAC-RI-FICE! SACRIFICE! If you aren’t willing to sacrifice for your passion/career/work, then its a hobby and you won’t swim with the big fish. If it seems hard or difficult, then you are probably doing it right. If it’s easy and there is no struggle, then you are taking the easy path. If everyone isn’t doing it, then you are doing it right.
What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
That though it may be similar in brand to those like Jason Statham, Vin Diesel, The Rock, Sylvester Stallone etc., I am unique. I pull from every one of them and add who I am and my ideas to the mix. My brand is unapologetic, and a big part of that is compassion. I want my craft to be used in preservation of the good parts of mankind, but also utilized in conservation of the things the bad part of mankind is ruining— our planet, fellow humans, and wildlife.
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.
As far as a schedule, I have no idea, but San Diego is a truly special place. So I’d just make a list of places that can be visited during the day and night, and hit as many as possible during the week: Little Italy for culture and food, the Downtown Gaslamp and Pacific Beach for drinking and partying, the Symphony Towers for an amazing downtown view, Sunset Cliffs at sunset, Potato Chip Rock and Cowles Mountain for a beautiful hike, La Jolla Cove for the seals, Old Town for margaritas, Mission Bay for water sports, Balboa Park for amazing scenery and architecture, Barrio Logan for some amazing murals, Bali Hai for a Mai Tai to knock you on your ass, Cabrillo and Mt Soledad Monuments, quaint and lively Bird Rock and Encinita. The list can go on but that’s a good start.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many people. But ultimately my mother and father. They have backgrounds as artists and they know it is a difficult road .Once they saw my potential and love for the arts, they helped me cultivate it. They didn’t blindly believe in me because I was their son, but because I was their son who had something they saw as special. I learned from my dad’s countless hours painting which he still does— JerryVenditti.com.
I love you mom and dad.