“I Love my life” Jay Jay Warren
It was a real joy when I stumbled upon today’s feature artist! Sometimes, one young artist will lead you to another! Jay Jay Warren is one of those youngsters whose charisma is so magnetic that it causes talent scouts or promotional writers like myself to take a second look! It was a Hip Hop dancing video of him which was posted by another YouTuber that first caught my attention. Having only featured a few dancers on my site, my interest was sparked and the search began to try to find out more about this boy with the fast feet and slick moves.
When I began to research a little about Jay Jay I just could not find out enough about him from his IMDB page. Then after visiting Kim Dawson’s Talent Page, his profile page at AMTC, and Teen Stars Online, I became even more interested and determined to find out as much as I could about this new young actor/dancer!
After a couple attempts, I was finally able to contact Jay Jay’s parents. While they have been extremely busy spending most of their time in LA, with Jay Jay doing auditions left and right, I was delighted to hear that I would be able to introduce him here in this feature article.
Jay Jay Warren was born in Midland , Texas in 2000. He was a typical/non-typical West Texas boy loving football, and basketball while at the same time having an obvious above average aptitude for creativity. He was very computer savvy before age two. His father, new at the parenting gig, accidentally bought a construction design program designed for ages six to eight year olds when Jay Jay was only about 18 months old. Within a week, Jay Jay was demolishing buildings and constructing new advanced designs by himself. The big surprise came one day when he printed one of his designs by himself after observing his mother print one for him.
This creative side continued to exhibit itself as Jay Jay spent hours on the computer designing zoos from scratch on Zoo Tycoon and then addressing the business aspects of ‘managing’ a zoo to make the zoo financially successful to keep the animals from starving. He quickly learned how to make his zoo profitable and keep his animals alive.
His next creative and analytical outlet to manifest itself was his love of Lego’s and his uncanny ability to put massive projects (3000 +) pieces together in a day or two. On a recent move, two van loads of assembled Lego’s had to be moved. To this day, Jay Jay can spend hours on computer design programs or assembling Lego’s. At this point in his life, it appeared he was on track to become an architect or engineer where he could use his creative and analytical gifts.
At about age five, Jay Jay became a gaming guru. Whether it was Battlefront Star Wars on the computer or competitive games on the Wii or PS3, Jay Jay could master it in one or two days without any assistance. The most amazing feat was when he figured out how to fly a jet on a simulation game long before he could read. In reality, he learned to read by playing computer games.
When Jay Jay was eight years old the family purchased an Apple laptop. Jay Jay took it aside one day without his parent’s knowledge, and figured out how to video a self made commercial complete with edits. The commercial was a real hit and received many laughs. In the commercial, he filmed a monologue explaining why kids just want to watch their shows and commercials. He was very honest and convincing.
Jay Jay Warren Dancing from Jay Jay Warren on Vimeo.
About a year later when his mother was working for a national talent scouting company, Jay Jay and his dad and brother would accompany their mother to Dallas, San Antonio and Austin several times a month to conduct auditions and training for prospective actors, dancers, singers and models. Initially, Jay Jay, his brother John and their dad would spend about half of each weekend watching the training and the other half out and about. It was during this time that Jay Jay went to the Apple stores to train on “iMovie” and “Garage Band” while learning to edit film. He caught on very quickly and advanced to editing on final cut after several trainings. To this day, Jay edits his own green auditions with amazing skill. He scares his dad to death by looking at the footage just once, making his edits, and always ending up with and awesome end product.
After attending the training weekends that his mom was conducting for 6 months, Jay Jay decided at the end of October, 2010 that he wanted to participate in the January 2011 talent showcase even though he had never had formal training in acting, dance, or modeling. His mother explained that the showcase was a mere eight weeks away and that it would be impossible to get him ready. After speaking to the president of the scouting company, Jay Jay’s Mom was assured that it would be good experience for Jay Jay and to do the showcase. The “GAME” was ON and that is exactly how Jay Jay likes it. He worked hard for the eight weeks, and the family went to Orlando for the January 3rd-11th showcase.
At the showcase before many industry agents, casting directors and managers, the “contestants” were grouped by age and sex and assigned a number. They always competed in numerical order within their group. As luck would have it, Jay Jay was behind a boy his age that was born to be on the stage and had trained every day of his life or so it seemed. Jay Jay brought his “A” game in every event in which he competed. In most of his thirteen events, Jay Jay performed his all time best that he had done, since beginning his training just eight weeks prior.
At the awards banquet, he received the award for best model. Jay Jay is a disciplined goal setter and prior to the event, he felt that he was called to be an actor and that if he received three or more callbacks, that he was in fact called to be an actor/entertainer. What a surprise it was when the callbacks were announced! Jay Jay received Seventeen callbacks, the second largest number of the large Texas group. At the callback session, agents, managers and casting directors from New York, LA, and Dallas wanted him immediately. On his return to Texas, the phone was ringing off the wall, and he was in Louisiana three days later auditioning for a Bruce Willis film. One week later, he and his family were on their way to LA to begin the journey. After being in LA for only 3 weeks, Jay Jay booked his first feature that recently showed on Nickelodeon. It has been non-stop ever since and he is living his dream.
Jay Jay feels so blessed to get to do what he is called to do. He has a passion for the craft! After a long day of filming on his first short film at Big Sky Ranch, Jay Jay’s mom asked, “how was it?’ Jay Jay’s reply quickly summed it up. “It was awesome mom. If I could do this all day, every day for the rest of my life, I would be the happiest kid in the whole world!”
On a recent audition callback at Warner Brothers for a major feature film, Jay Jay came out from the audition and was asked by his father, ” how did it go?” “Awesome dad ! ” was his reply. ” Did she say anything?”, asked his dad. “Yes, one thing “, Jay Jay said. She said, “Awesome!” After Jay Jay questioned her if she would like him to tweak it any? She thought a moment and said, “Yes, let’s try this.” After his repeat of the tweaked monologue, she exclaimed, “unbelievable!” That is how this journey has been, “awesome and unbelievable!” Jay Jay wishes everyone could experience the ride he has been on. As he says on his Facebook page “I love my life!”
Today, Jay Jay still draws on the creativity and analytical gifts he honed while playing computer games and building Lego’s. His gift for honest acting and instincts to make good choices in his roles were definitely influenced by his early interests.
Jay Jay was gong to make a little video log for this article but he was called to several auditions and needed the time for script study and memorization. When things slow down for Jay Jay he has been given an open invitation to still do that short video and I will add it here should that happen in the near future!
We wish you the very best of success this year in all your ventures Jay Jay and we are so happy that we have been able to share your story here with all our readers and subscribers!
Be sure to check back here soon for more contact information for Jay Jay. His webmaster is putting the final touches on his brand new website and I’m sure he will be appearing in some new films that I will want to share with you!
Congratulations Jay Jay Warren on a fantastic job! Keep the cameras rolling!