We had the good fortune of connecting with Stew Jetson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stew, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I am an actor in both the Los Angeles and Phoenix markets and have worked hard to get where I am. Many factors have gone into getting me to where I am today, and don’t get me wrong there is a very long way yet to go, but what I pride myself in most is my awareness of others. Getting an agent, going to auditions, meeting with casting directors, directors, crew members and other actors is sometimes overwhelming and challenging, but being aware is something that I always bring to the table. Awareness has many layers to it in my opinion ranging from understanding your expectations as a performer and being prepared, to noticing how hard a crew member is working so you be sure to acknowledge and thank them. Awareness is something that has helped with my confidence, preparation, execution and presence in a room. Everyone is capable of being aware, but as we see in our everyday life, not everyone uses it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Oh boy, where to start with this question? I have always loved the arts, primarily film and television. The stories that are created and shared with the world to watch blows my mind. We have some extremely creative and talented people in this world right now. With that said, I want to be one of them. I have been acting regularly since high school, doing school plays and then community theatre. I played baseball in high school and originally had auditioned for my first play one fall in order to meet girls and fill the void until baseball season in the spring. All I wanted was to be cast as tree #4 (or something small) so I did not have to actually work at it. I ended up landing a lead role (and met a girl) and the rest was history. I put everything I had into that part loving every minute of it. When the spring musical came around I opted to go out for it instead of play baseball and I have been acting ever since. I was fortunate enough to get another lead role in that play (and meet my future wife) so safe to say it was the right call haha. I eventually switched gears and got into the film and television realm both in the Phoenix market and in Los Angeles, gaining representation in both cities. I have done numerous commercials, been in film and television, was a local network spokesperson, hosted events, ran a podcast for two years and of course done theatre. I just recently finished shooting a feature film called “Instant Karma” in which I am the lead role that should be available (hopefully) sometime later this year. Being a professional actor is extremely challenging. You don’t know where your next paycheck is coming from, you never really know if you are any good or liked and you are constantly battling rejection. In a world that has enough rejection, letdown and sadness already (looking at you 2020) I am most proud of my ability to take that rejection, learn from it and move on to the next project or audition. It is not always easy, but the joy I get from landing a role and being able to perform makes everything worth it. I love what I do and I will always be ready to tackle any challenge head on.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
2020 has been an insane year, but prior to it I was splitting time living in Los Angeles and Phoenix. I would go where the work took me. If I had a friend visiting me in Phoenix where I am now, and things were “normal”, we would start our day with a hike. Arizona has some of the most beautiful desert views and I am sure wherever they are visiting from they don’t have quite what we do here. I live downtown so most of our week could be spent right there! Catch a Diamondbacks game, brunch at Snooze, stroll Roosevelt Row, ride scooters and I would have to get some bruschetta at Postino’s Central obviously. If you had asked me 10 years ago I would be mentioning Old Town Scottsdale or Tempe for Mill Avenue, but I think my time at those locations sadly is behind me haha. I love being outdoors and being active so we would be at Hance Park playing flag football or maybe at a resort for a staycation lounging by the pool.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people that have supported me on my journey and I do my best to let them know who they are and how much it means to me. From representatives to friends and family, I am lucky to have a good circle that keeps me going even when times are tough. The one person who absolutely deserves a shoutout and all the credit in the world is my wife, Anny. Without her I would not be acting today and that is a fact! We have been together for quite some time and she pushes me everyday to keep doing what I love. She is my rock, my partner, my inspiration and my best friend. Whenever I get a role or have a good audition I always say “we booked the gig” because she is on this wild ride right along with me and makes me a better person while making sure I am aware, prepared and focused.