Film, theater, TV. Actors who want to have great success must preferably have three simultaneous projects they have recently completed or are currently involved in. DMV actor Pry’ce Jaymes can make that claim, having starred in the recently released independent film “Second Chance”, a crime re-enactment for Investigation Discovery Channel’s “The Nightmare Next Door” and a Geico commercial.
There is no surprise that Jaymes is excelling and taking his career to a higher level because of his commitment to what the Japanese call Kaizen, otherwise known as continuous self-improvement. Jaymes himself characterizes his career as “a never ending journey”. Jaymes seeks and finds self-improvement through his training with respected acting teachers and coaches in both New York City and the DMV. Coaches and teachers like Tom Todorroff and Kathleen McNeeny from New York City, and Cheryl Felicia Rhodes and Kimberly Graham locally, have helped Jaymes establish a solid foundation for even more success.
Primarily, Jaymes is getting good notices for Director Randall Lawrence’s “Second Chance”. (Read the review “Second Chance” kills at World premiere here, and watch one of his many scenes here.) The ever busy Jaymes took time out from chasing his dreams to share the ins and outs of his career, with DC Actors Examiner.
William Powell: How did you land the lead in “Second Chance”?
Pry’ce Jaymes: Blessings and opportunities truly come unexpectedly! I was working with the writer/director Randall Lawrence on a stage project that he was cast in as one of my best friends. During one of our sessions, Randall indicates that he is writing and directing an independent film, appreciates and admires what I bring as an actor, and asks me to play the role of Cornel. I said yes without hesitation based on pure trust and faith.
WP: What’s been the feedback from fans?
PJ: The fans have been great! I tend to play characters that have a steel edge of determination and complexity of motivation…and I always like hearing what the play or the actions of the character meant to them. It’s the reason we do this.
WP: What other films have you done?
PJ: I have had the opportunity to be a part of an array projects over the years—“The Salesman”, by director Richard Brown, paid homage to the silent film era. The experience of doing that film and having to sell the story using body language, emotions, facial expressions and un-audible text…CHALLENGING!
WP: What TV shows have you done?
PJ: Recently, I was fortunate to play the lead in a crime re-enactment for “The Nightmare Next Door”, where I play the role of Patrick, the boyfriend of Pasinetta, and aspiring actress and single mother, whose life was cut short by the burning desire of Patricks’ love to keep Pasinetta forever his. Also on TV One’s “For My Man”, Investigation Discovery, and if you enjoy peanuts, and watch Geico commercials…you just may have seen me!
WP: Where do you hone your craft?
PJ: I trained with respected coaches and teachers in NYC such as Tom Todorroff and Kathleen McNeeny, Cheryl Felicia Rhodes and Kimberly Graham in the DMV area, and I must mention my mentor and private instructor Stephen Mitchell. (Stephen Mitchell also coaches actress Salwa Khan.) Everyone I have ever studied with or under in my career have helped elevate me and Stephen continues to empower me. I’d be remiss if I did not to mention my family. What I have learned and continue to learn from every experience is invaluable and I don’t take it for granted.
WP: What advice would you give to actors starting out?
PJ: I have my own personal mantra that I repeat to myself, and I have my own personal quote that I live by. Some things are personal, however, I will gladly share with you and everyone my quote…”a never ending journey…a continuous pursuit…”I attribute everything to God.
WP: What’s next?
PJ: Stephen Mitchell is also an accomplished writer, producer, actor, director and filmmaker. He has written a short entitled “The Provocateur”, which is a part of his “A Series of ONE” project, streaming on Amazon.com and on DVD. My chapter is to be released soon, and I need to mention that the videography was done by Randall Lawrence of RLawrence Films, who happens to have been the writer/direct of “Second Chance”.