Ja-vell (J. Morebuks) Smith: A Melody of Artistry and Authenticity
Welcome, dear readers of Hustle and Soul Magazine, to a captivating journey into the vibrant world of Ja-vell (J. Morebuks) Smith! In our exclusive feature, we delve into the multifaceted talent of this actor and music artist, who recently graced the screen as West in the KlusterTV’s feature film “Family.” Produced, directed, and written by the visionary Tyrone “Tizak” Jackson, “Family” has also been released on Amazon and will be on Tubi and other platforms soon. The film serves as a canvas for J.Morebuks’ stellar performance, showcasing his raw and authentic acting skills in a heartfelt narrative.
We sat down for an exclusive interview with J. Morebuks to unravel the layers of his artistic journey. From a passion for music to the stage play “12 Angry Men” that ignited his acting flame. J. Morebuks is undeniably an artist to watch this year and years to come.
Embrace the harmony of hustle and soul as we explore his experiences, creative process, and aspirations, offering readers an intimate glimpse into the mind and heart of this rising star. Let the melodies of J. Morebuks resonate as we navigate through the realms of acting and music, discovering the unique fusion that defines his artistry.
What inspired you to pursue a career in both acting and music?
J. Morebuks: I’ve had a passion for music since I can remember. I grew up listening to 45’s, 33’s that’s before cassette tapes or CD’s lol. I picked up acting in junior high after playing in a stage play called 12 Angry Men.
Tell us about your experience working on the film “Family.” What was the most memorable moment for you during the production?
J. Morebuks: The most memorable moment of filming “Family” was me trying to protect the same brother I portrayed to hate.
How do you balance your acting and music careers? Do you find one medium more fulfilling than the other?
J. Morebuks: The balance is crazy because I love both with a passion but I use music more as an outlet emotionally. Acting comes as second nature to me for more than one reason… There was a point where the passion was equal for both crafts but over time I’ve become more interested in acting.
Can you share some insights into your songwriting process? How do you draw inspiration from artists like Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Sam Cooke, and Mary J. Blige?
J. Morebuks: When it comes to the song waiting in process, I like to use a lot of personal experiences. I pay homage to Sam, Marvin, Mary, and Smokey because they’re all great in their respective styles.
What role does music play in your life and how does it influence your acting performances?
J. Morebuks: Music plays a significant role in my life for many reasons. To keep it simple let’s just say music is a form of therapy. Have you ever been so enthralled by music that it influenced your mood? That’s how I associate the two types of things if that makes any sense.
Tell us about a challenging role or project you’ve worked on and how you overcome those challenges.
J. Morebuks: The most challenging role I had to portray was West in “Family” because although we shared the same personality traits some of our perspectives were different. I overcame the challenges by separating my character and personal points of view.
What have been some of the most memorable moments in your career so far?
J. Morebuks: Some of the most memorable moments are working alongside Hassan Johnson on one project, and Jamal Woolard, Clifton Powell, and Robin Givens on another project. That was an absolute experience.
How do you see yourself evolving as an artist in the coming years? Are there any specific goals or projects that you’re looking forward to pursuing?
J. Morebuks: In the coming years I see myself becoming more involved in the acting industry behind the scenes. I’ve had an idea for quite some time. I’m envisioning my writing or co-writing skills being utilized in a more creative manner, lol.
As an actor and musician, what message do you hope to convey through your work to your audience?
J. Morebuks: I hope to illustrate growth and development in everything I do. I’m at a point in life where it has to be all about rewriting the narrative to fit your reality.
What advice would you give to aspiring actors and musicians who are looking to make their mark in the industry?
J. Morebuks: As an entertainer my message to any aspiring artist/actor is to think bigger than you ever imagined. Never say you can’t because you can’t say can’t without saying can first.
Tammy I truly appreciate you and Hustle and Soul Magazine for this amazing opportunity.
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