Hi I’m Chad Allen Jackson and I was born and raised in the very calm very rural Semmes, Alabama; near Mobile. My life growing up was very much like the book, “Where the Red Fern Grows”. I come from your typical southern family; my father is an amazing mechanic, my mother a stay at home mom, but I was raised by my grandmother. I was diagnosed at 5 years old with Epilepsy, so unfortunately much of my childhood I can’t recall but I have always loved the arts and singing for as long as I can remember.
I moved in with my grandmother when I was eight years old. She recognized my talent and immediately weekly voice and acting lessons became a part of my life and ended up shaping who I am and what I want to be. There wasn’t a day that went by that she didn’t try to teach me some sort of life lesson. Whether it was good or bad information she always gave me one additional lesson in independence every day. Lessons that I have used and still will use to manage my life and she still tries to teach me lessons to this day!
In 2007, I had intensive brain surgery to cure my epilepsy and it was a success. It wasn’t until after my surgery, I gained the renewed motivation and determination that I carry with me today. I settle for nothing less than to be exactly what I want to be, an actor. I got a second chance at life and I am going to get all I can out of it! Having support I have from my loved ones makes it all the easier.
Every time I make a new advancement in my career or go on an audition I hear her voice in the background motivating me to keep pushing and not to give up. I have always wanted something huge for my life and felt like I was meant for it. I have had four voice teachers, two acting coaches and one piano teacher. Each instructor brought out a new and more passionate side of who I am and what I am capable of achieving.
After saving money I moved to New York City in August of 2011 to finally chase my dream. I live here now and I go out every day pursuing it. My goal is to be a successful actor, it’s a slow process but I am a barrel of patience. Until I am standing on a platform holding an award and thanking my grandmother and my loved ones for all their support and help I won’t stop. Persistence pays off…