Multi-talented handsome socialite Jamesson Beane first gave modeling a try in his late teens and after a hiatus decided to take another stab at it.
He likes to say he learned to just strap on his seatbelt and enjoy the ride, following the paths his kismet intends him to.
Lestat: You've been described as a one-man media force, you work many jobs, what's your secret ? and which one do you prefer ?
Jamesson: Well, I guess the only secret is that I'm slowly losing my mind. Haha. But seriously, I guess the secret is finding a balance in your life. You have to know when to pursue an opportunity and when to say no. I've gotten good at the former, but still working on the latter. When you're trying to build a name and a reputation for yourself, you feel the need to do everything to prove yourself. That's where I'm at right now. I'm letting the world know who Jamesson is. Once they've got me in their brain, then I'll have to start saying no. I'm not necessarily looking forward to that though. I absolutely love being busy and doing new things. It's inspiring. I honestly couldn't say that I prefer one path to another. Acting, writing, modeling, working in communications.. they all offer me something different and I have a passion for everything that I do. I think as long as I can continue pursuing each avenue, they're all roads I long to travel.
Lestat: What initially drew you to modeling ? and what do you enjoy most in this occupation ?
Jamesson: Well, I was pretty much the awkward guy growing up. Me in high school ? I was totally Screech from Saved By The Bell. I hung out with the cheerleaders, the preps, the band geeks, the misfits, but I never really quite fit in to any of them. I was the loveable nerd. Haha. Guess around 16 or 17, I started to "blossom" per se and people started telling me I should model. So originally I pursued it just as a hobby, but the more I got into it the more it became a passion of mine. I had actually given up on modeling around the age of 19 and didn't get drawn back into it until I hit 25. It's been a fun ride since then. Opportunities to work with photographers both local and globally have come about through MySpace and Model Mayhem and I'm so excited. The thing I enjoy the most about modeling is connecting with a photographer who can both inspire me and draw from my inspiration. I enjoy a photoshoot where we both come to the table with original ideas and basically just play off of each other. Some of my best photoshoots have come about from this sort of creative collaborating. I'm always interested in trying out new things, expressing new emotions and creating bolder, fresher and more unique images. Photography is absolutely an art to me, make me your canvas !
Lestat: Is being blonde a real asset ?
Jamesson: It certainly can be. I think being blonde gives me a certain "character," helps me to stand out from the crowd. But at the end of the day, I am always happier when someone relates to me on the mental level, connects with me on a deeper level. But being blonde is a lot of fun and has brought me a lot of attention. For that, I certainly cherish it.
Lestat: How did you end up working for the Central Florida Performing Arts Alliance ?
Jamesson: Well, I was working in a position with United Arts of Central Florida, an organization that helps to fund arts and cultural groups in the Central Florida area. The Alliance is actually a "sister" organization to UA and was in the process of launching Redchairproject.com, a website to serve as an arts and culture guide for the Central Florida community. The Alliance needed assistance developing and promoting the site and approached me about joining the team. I was eager and excited to be part of something that I truly feel will be a valuable asset to the arts in Orlando, so I jumped at the opportunity. The website launched in January and so far the response has been good. Knowing that I have the potential to introduce patrons, both young and old, to the arts is truly inspiring. I love my job.
Lestat: How big on acting are you ?
Jamesson: I'm larger than life on acting. Haha. For years and years, acting has always been something I wanted to pursue but I never had the confidence to just "go for it." In this past year, my courage and determination have grown exponentially and I am so happy for it. I've gotten my feet wet with film and theatre projects. I am currently studying Theatre with Beth Marshall, a dear friend and producer of the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. I'm looking forward to expanding the foundation of acting I picked up at Art Sake Studio here in Orlando and taking it to the "next level."
Lestat: What are your next projects ?
Jamesson: Well, I was just featured in a photospread for the Onch Movement jewelry line at Fantasticsmag.com. I've also recently signed on to become a writer and story editor for Fantasticsmag and am also continuing my duties as writer and story editor for Imagozine. This February I'm heading up to Barrie, Canada to model in the Imago "Miss Mannequin" Fashion Show, which is a huge deal to me. This is my first big runway show and I have a feeling it's going to be a turning point in my career. Aside from that, I'm collaborating on a stage play called "Coming In" with my friend Francesca. We'll both be starring in the show, which will debut at this year's Orlando Fringe Festival. I'll also be taking on a role in another show by Scottie Campbell entitled "A Midnight Snack with Tom & Vincent." I'm always open to new opportunities and pursuing them as well, so I'm sure other things will pop up soon. Hopefully!
Lestat: What do you wear to bed ?
Jamesson: Ah, getting down to the nitty gritty. Haha. I have to say I'm pretty boring when it comes to bedtime attire. I'm totally a t-shirt and boxers sorta guy. But I wear all my holey, worn out pop shirts and stuff. Yes, I'm a dork.
Lestat: Which is your favorite clothing brand ?
Jamesson: Love the colour, vibrance and life of Heatherette. Dig the edge and attitude of Ben Sherman. I guess those two would be my absolute faves.
Lestat: Do you spend much time on the Internet ?
Jamesson: Too much time. Haha. Not only is my job an online communications job, but then of course there's MySpace, instant messaging and the like. But I don't mind it. The Internet has brought me confidence, friendship and opportunities. I thrive online and I wouldn't have it any other way !
Lestat: Answer the question you'd like to be asked.
Jamesson: What do you want most in life ?
Happiness. One can seemingly have everything, but at times still feel unfulfilled. I'm striving to not only have a full life career-wise, relationship-wise and so forth, but also to find a certain level of happiness that can be maintained. If anybody has the secret to this, please fill me in !
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