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EP 131: Jillian Clare, actor, director, producer

Jillian Clare, Actress


Today my guest on this episode of the Hometown to Hollywood podcast is actor, director, and producer Jillian Clare.

Jillian has been in the entertainment industry since the young age of 7. Having grown up on the soap opera Days Of Our Lives, Jillian went on to star in the Victorious special Freak the Freak Out, as well as roles in several other indie films and TV series.

Besides acting, Jillian Clare has taken her turn behind the camera as well. She recently produced and starred in the indie film Pretty Broken which premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival. In the last four years, she has directed two hit teen feature films To The Beat! and To The Beat! Back 2 School making her one of the only female directors to direct both the original and sequel in a films’ series.

We discuss her experience as a young child actor, her school experience, transitioning from a child actor to a teen actor to an adult actor, the CHSPE, why she got into directing and producing, auditioning advice, her podcast Thanks for Coming In, and much more. Join us!

Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation:

  • “I remember Kirsten Dunst taking me to her trailer and painting my nails.”
  • “The upside of self-tapes is I can do 3 auditions in 1 day and not spend $60 on gas.”
  • “If you don’t have that sense of fun and adventure, you’re just going to get frustrated.”
  • “By the time I was 15 1/2 I took the CHSPE, graduated out, and started college at 16.”
  • “Walk in like you already have the role.”
  • “The CHSPE is a personal choice. I think you need to know for sure that you’re not going to look back and be upset about it.”
  • “It doesn’t matter if people know your name right now. Just do the work.”
  • “If you get easily upset hearing the word NO, you need to get used to it.”


Follow Jillian Clare HERE:

Website:         https://www.jillianclare.com/

Twitter:          https://twitter.com/jillianclare

Instagram:     https://www.instagram.com/jillianclare/

Facebook:       https://www.facebook.com/officialjillianclare

Podcast:          https://thanksforcominginpodcast.com/


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