Many people struggle to achieve their dreams or to find a better life. Failures diminish their faith in their own abilities or possibilities of everything.At other times they are asked to give up on what seems to others as unachievable dreams and move on. Therefore, some do not get a chance to grow or to achieve their self-potential. However, the achievements and success of many, have proven that: if someone puts a lot of effort and tries harder, success is possible, even after the failures. They can move to a better life and even achieve what seemed for them to be impossible dreams!
For example, Jon Mack, a beautiful actress and singer as well as a music producer, has been able to live out her dreams, utilizes her talents, and achieves self-potential. Do you wonder why? Because she had set goals, dreams and used her talents, which she has used towards best purposes. Not only to save animals but also to offer joy with her songs.
She worked hard to get to where she is now. Along with singing and producing, she has performed roles in the following movies: Playing for Keeps (Connie), Mind Blown (Gertie McAffie), Stormageddon (Agent Smith), Blunt Force Trauma (Reggie), Spiders 3d (Doctor Stella), The Perfect Boyfriend (Marcie), Playing For Keeps (Connie), A Christmas Wedding Date (wedding singer), Stalked at 17 (Elizabeth), Dinocroc vs. Supergator (FBI Agent), Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (Ava Gardner). Her performance as Ava Gardner was her first appearance in movie industry.
According to IMBD, Jon Mack is a staunch supporter of foundations that try to raise awareness of animal poaching and trophy hunting. I was fortunate enough to meet this talented actress and singer, and she was kind enough to let me interview her for the Non Profitable Portal #echaritygr I work for as a representative abroad.
Emiliya Ahmadova: What attracted you to a career as an actress and a singer?
Jon Mack: I started acting in theater productions my mother directed when I was just 5. Music was always a passion for me since I can remember.
Emiliya Ahmadova: What has been your greatest accomplishment in the music and movie industries?
Jon Mack: Seeing my career grow over the years and feeling that I’m learning more with each experience. With music, it was teaching myself a lot about the recording and production process which led me to my independence as an artist.
Emiliya Ahmadova: What kind of roles have you performed throughout your career? Are you satisfied with these?
Jon Mack: They’ve always been varied, which I like. I’ve played light and dark characters and always want to keep growing and exploring. I don’t think any artist is ever fully satisfied since that what drives art forward.
Emiliya Ahmadova: Of all the roles you have played, which one is your favorite?
Jon Mack: I don’t have any favorite at the moment but I have a few that I am quite fond of and those are usually the ones where I get to exist outside the box and take risks.
Emiliya Ahmadova: Did you have to change yourself in order to be accepted into the entertainment business?
Jon Mack: No. The only thing I had to develop was a thicker skin and resilience in the face of adversity. I don’t know if that’s changing or more likely growing.
Emiliya Ahmadova: Who is your favorite actor and actress, and why?
Jon Mack: I have many that I admire and they run the gamut from Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren to Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman and Christian Bale as well as those who are no longer with us likePhilip Seymour Hoffman and Health Ledger. There are so many talented actors that I still look forward to working with out there. It’s very inspiring to work with this caliber of talent because it raises the bar for everyone.
Emiliya Ahmadova: What are you working on now?
Jon Mack: I have some things in the works at the moment that I can’t talk about yet but will able to soon. What I can talk about is an episode that I’m finishing with my musical ego “Auradrone” that will be coming out in September 2018.
Emiliya Ahmadova: When you face setbacks, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
Jon Mack: I think it emotionally affects every human when they encounter a setback but this is what makes us who we are and makes the successes that much sweeter. It’s not always easy but I try to keep my eye on the bigger picture at all times and that definitely helps.
Emiliya Ahmadova: You are a founder and president of an organization that defends endangered species. Can you give us some more specific information?
Jon Mack: I founded Defending the Endangered in 2015 as an effort to gather artists and use our talent to educate and join the fight against poaching and trophy hunting. We have been building and gathering momentum since and had our first event last year in Los Angeles. We are currently planning our next event very soon. More details are available at : www.defendingtheendangered.com
Emiliya Ahmadova: What pushed you into this activity?
Jon Mack: My lifelong passion for animals and all wildlife. I grew up on a farm and that probably had a lot to do with it. I’ve always been absolutely in love with animals and trying to help them since they truly are the voiceless and innocent.
Emiliya Ahmadova: Have you been involved in other charitable activities? What was your part in it/them?
Jon Mack: I have worked with a few animals charities over the years including my role as a celebrity ambassador for the Heaven on Earth which is an amazing group of people who rescue and rehabilitate homeless and abandoned cats from the highest kill shelters and streets of LA. They basically take the most hopeless of cases and give them a home no matter what. I was involved with them for many years before I started DTE.
Emiliya Ahmadova: Did you ever have difficulty with any characters that you played? What was the role, and why was it challenging?
Jon Mack: No, not really difficult. All roles should be challenging but I’ve never had trouble with them.
Emiliya Ahmadova: Your talent as well as achievements inspire many. What would be your advice to the victims of abuse–or any struggling soul?
Jon Mack: I think to anyone who is struggling right now…Please never ever give up on yourself. This is the key that has given me the strength to survive the mad world of Hollywood and world at large. We’ve all had our battles and life is a series of battles but what matters is your belief in YOU. No one can give that to you and no one can take that away. This is the force that will move mountains in your life even when all things look dark. We must know that there is an inner spark in us that can indeed surpass these obstacles.