Actor, Host, and Producer Jasper Cole has is one of the busiest character actors working today. His podcast One on One with Jasper Cole has recently become an international hit exploding with popularity in France. This week had the opportunity to ask him about the holiday season and 2019:
What is your favorite holiday tradition? I love how family and friends come together during the holidays. It’s also a time of reflection looking back at the year and all that has transpired.
What is your favorite city to celebrate holidays in? I love being in my home I’m Palm Springs during the holidays especially if my family can be there and the weather is great. I’m not a winter or cold weather person so I prefer 60 and above lol.
What is your favorite thing about this holiday season? This year I’m looking forward to laying low and being a home body. It’s been a crazy busy year of selling and buying new properties as well as taking care of a dear friend who’s in hospice care all of which has been a blessing. Being with someone near the end of life teaches us that it’s really about quality of life over quantity.
Who has been the most positive influence on you professionally? I’ve been blessed throughout my past 30 plus years in the biz to have been mentored by some amazing people including actor Robert Horton (Wagon Train) early on, to my longtime Agent Nancy Chaidez who passed away a few years ago but I’m still with her Agency NCA & ASSOCIATES, and Sam Elliott who I worked with in the late 90s. I was and still am influenced by many character actors like Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell, Harry Dean Stanton and the man I’m often compared to, Danny Trejo.
What is something most people don’t know about you(Hobby, Favorite TV Series you never miss or Film you have seen many times or Secret Talent)? I think most are surprised to find out what a huge fan of reality TV I am. Pretty much all things Bravo but also TLC and others. It’s an escape for me and the more ratched the better for me. Nothing like some good wig and weave snatching!
What inspires you creatively during the holidays? All the great year end award worthy films inspire me each year. I love the award shows starting with Golden Globes. SAG Awards, Oscars. Now there’s The Broadcast Critics Choice Awards and the Satellite Awards.
What is your favorite holiday food? Good old fashion Turkey and ham. I’m not a big dessert person. My weakness are all the delicious carbs but everything in moderation.
What is your favorite holiday beverage? I’m a coffee lover so any of the wonderful flavored coffees like cinnamon or hazelnut are my favorites.
If you could have one holiday wish what would it be? That Donald Trump is out of office ASAP.That would be the best Xmas gift ever for the whole country and our endangered democracy.
Any advice for those who want to pursue television as a profession? My advice is to learn everything you can about the industry on all sides, never turn down any jobs that will give you valuable experience. Be patient, persevere, and have a full life outside of the shoebox.
What projects do you have coming out in the new year (2019)? Two indie films are releasing next year MODEL HOME and CAPTURED as well as the third season of my radio show ONE ON ONE WITH JASPER COLE. We are on all the platforms iTunes, Spreaker, Blogtalk, Iheart, Spotify, Stitcher and more.
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