Several of my spec scripts were optioned; none made it to the screen. Frustration. I wrote a short, “Someone to Love”, financed it, produced, directed and starred in it.
It was accepted at Cannes and screened to an SRO audience in the short film corner and won twelve awards in other international and Academy-qualifying film festivals. Those credits and $2.75 will get you on the subway.
So I wrote, produced, directed and starred, with Golden Globe winner Timothy Bottoms, in ”1 Nighter”, a 90-minute romantic comedy which gets 4.2 to 3 stars on Amazon, depending on how much I promote it.
Timothy Bottoms was wonderful. The shoot was terrific. There were so many “lucky” breaks on that shoot, I think “the force” or an angel was with me.
Thank you for reading all the way to the end.
Cheers, Jill Jaress
I arrived in Los Angeles on my nineteenth birthday. My first call to an agency was a cold call to William Morris (before WME). Dan Stevens signed me. Best agent ever! My first job was starring in a prime-time series on ABC. Next, was starring in Shepherd's Flock for CBS. etc., Life was just like l I dreamed it would be.
I wanted to have it all, be a successful, well-respected actress and have anonymity too! For twenty-three years I was doing just that. Series regular roles in three more series, films, guest starring roles playing a wide range of characters both comedic and dramatic.
I starred on The West End in London in Dean, also worked on the fringe in Tennessee Wiliams' Red Devil Battery Sign and co-starred on Broadway in the long-running hit No No Nanette.
( I did everything except nudity - too Lutheran for that :)
Stand-up comedy at the Comedy Store, improv with The Groundlings, heavy-duty drama in waiver theatre as well as soap operas, commercials, and voiceovers. I was living an actress's dream until I hit forty-three when I learned there’s a hefty price an actress has to pay for anonymity. It’s called unemployment.
The roles I always booked were going to stars. I was long past the usual “Expiration Date” for Hollywood actresses. Thirty-five is the age that Hollywood considers actresses no longer "viable".
Jobs became fewer and smaller. I panicked. I'd been an actress all my life. I didn't know how to do anything else. I thought, "I have to expand my skill set." I started writing features.
Writing! I love it! I’m obsessed with it! I have to write every day or I get cranky. I'll never stop. When I’m ninety I’ll publish my memoirs, I’ll Never Wear Granny Panties.