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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

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ACTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER

 

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.

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