FYIG Chats With Actor Jade Hassouné

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.
 
Hello!! Thanks for taking the time to talk with me! A bit about me? I am a human, most of the time. I love art, I love life and I love experiencing the manifestation of a dream into reality. I spend all my time working on how to align myself with my truest, highest version of myself. I believe in humanity and in our ability to create a joyous experience on Earth. 
 
You started taking acting classes at the age of 10. Did you know then that this was something you’d like to make a career out of? 
 
Yes, I absolutely knew it. Especially when I first walked on stage and felt the feeling of pure “right place right time”, I knew I had to follow that feeling forever. I used to tell all my teachers that I would become an actor and nobody fully believed it until they saw the evidence of it years later. I had to keep the dream alive and believe it for myself. No one will believe until they see evidence, but the evidence doesn’t come if you don’t believe yourself. And so waiting on people to believe in your dreams is NOT an option. 
 
How did your time in the CBC Actor’s Conservatory and in George Brown College’s cartooning program help you in your career? 
 
It helped so much! At the CBC Actor’s Conservatory it was mainly to make great lifetime connections, but mostly to gain confidence in the belief that this was indeed my life. Cartooning at George Brown was finally when I decided to make my talents of drawing into a professional path. Even though drawing is the first thing I ever did when I was two years old, I never really wanted it to be my career, just something I did for the fun of it. 
 
Your breakout role was as the character Meliorn in the award-winning American supernatural drama television series “Shadowhunters”. What was the experience of being on a show with such a strong following? 
 
It was a dream of mine that I was waiting and expecting to appear. I didn’t know in what form, and when Shadowhunters came about, I knew this was it. We are all very fortunate to have such an abnormal experience of a series that already begins with a HUGE following. This does not happen anymore. It has been incredible, full of learning, and now it provides so many gifts, like the Fandom, and traveling the world to meet them. Blessings upon blessings. Also I made life-long friends, and we’ll always have each other’s backs! 
 
You were the voice of Mason Rana in the blockbuster video game “Starlink: Battle for Atlas”. How did that experience differ from your traditional acting roles? 
 
So fun, and relaxed! Actually, it was full motion-capture, just like how they shot the James Cameron Avatar movies. So what you see in the cutscenes of the game was actually us shooting it on our feet. With a camera crew and everything. We had big head-gear cameras that filmed our faces, as well as full body suits capturing our movements. They build sets for us to play in. It’s my favourite set to be on as it’s purely about imagination, and there are no worries about having perfect hair and makeup or anything like that. Just like kids in a playground, pretending they are in an epic space adventure. Also, I got to work with Star Fox which is insane, the kid gamer in me was having multiple freak-outs.
 
Are you a gamer yourself? If so, what games do you play? 
 
I’m a major gamer. But lately, I’ve had no time to put into gaming. But as soon as I find time, I go deep. Favourite games are: Kingdom Hearts, Tomb Raider, Uncharted, Resident Evil, all the Mario games (obvi), Zelda, Super Smash Bros., and I have a thing for point-and-click adventures Grim Fandango, all the Monkey Island games, Deponia, Sanitarium, etc etc 
 
In addition to your acting career, you’re also starting your own music career. What went into the decision to take your career in that direction?
 
This is something I’ve always wanted to do and have been waiting for the right time. Now that Shadowhunters is going into its crescendo, and that we are all moving into a new era, I wanted to create something that would connect me with the Fandom forevermore, and have them take me (and our connection) with them wherever they went. And so music is the best way to do that. And I just adore music and the world of shows and parties and sharing that with a crowd. I’m so stocked about it. I’m spending every second of everyday planning, recording, writing and producing the album. 
 
Your debut EP is going to be called “Love Letter to a Fandom”. Tell us a little bit about what we can expect from this set of songs? 
 
“Love Letter To A Fandom” is exactly that, a way for me to thank them for having changed my life and a way to give back. The first single Insta Story refers to our connection on Instagram, but mostly it talks about an emotional aspect of instagram that we all feel when you see people having so much fun without you on instagram. Especially someone you like who doesn’t like you back, ouch. It’s a love story, but also a declaration that you take your power back, wrapped up in a tropical-house pop-song. “That’s why I’m not gonna click on your icon to watch your story!” You are the first people to have this lyric. Exclusive! There is a free teaser download of this track on my website, if you sign up to my newsletter on my website: jadehassoune.com 
 
What was it like working with Montreal producer DLN? 
 
Dylan has been my best friend for 10 years. We met at the piano in the rehearsal studio of our theatre school. Music is how we connected and now that he is a University Degree’d legit producer, the time is perfect and right for us to make this project. He is a full-fledged musician/singer/songwriter himself and I can’t wait for people to hear his own songs, but he is also an epic producer and I’m so fortunate to have him and to have him believe in this new life path. We are spending many many hours together making sure this is going to be fire. 
 
What advice would you have for aspiring actors/singers? 
 
Believe in yourself, obviously, in your vision. Believe that you CAN make a living and a career out of your art. Don’t include other people’s perspective or opinions of you and of what you are creating to be a factor in your decision making. Do you. People will never understand your vision until it is fully done and exists in the world, and so you have to find the belief and confidence within you first. Then, make as much art as possible, do all the work you can do, take all the jobs that inspire you. You will meet people, you will attract the right opportunities to you. But the first step is believing. Even with no evidence in the physical world. It comes from within. 
 
What’s your life like outside of the acting world? 
 
It’s so fun, and relaxed. I love being a hermit, I meditate, I cook, I play piano and sing my heart out, I hang out with my best friends who are my family. I go out and I party. I travel and I laugh and eat amazing food and I go on adventures whenever I can. 
 
Let the readers know where to find you online. 
 
All my social media is @Jadehassoune and my website is jadehassoune.com (go sign up to my newsletter for free stuff and contests!), then when the music gets released, I will update everyone on where to find that.