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Rising Star Judith Jager: “Don’t compare yourself to anyone. There is no one like you out there. Everyone has a different story. Remember that when you meet people because you never know what they have been through”

Don’t compare yourself to anyone. There is no one like you out there. Everyone has a different story. Remember that when you meet people because you never know what they have been through, you never know why they are acting or are a certain way. And never judge them. Basically treat people like you would […]


Don’t compare yourself to anyone. There is no one like you out there. Everyone has a different story. Remember that when you meet people because you never know what they have been through, you never know why they are acting or are a certain way. And never judge them. Basically treat people like you would want to be treated… I guess that would be two but ‘Life Lesson Quotes’ but they are both very important. The first one in particular is hard, we all do it and I have to remind myself of it over and over again.


As a part of my series of the rising stars in popular culture, I had the pleasure of interviewing Judith Jager. Judith is a London, UK based bilingual screen actress. Judith has a unique talent for screen acting which she discovered only 5.5 years ago when she started her acting journey at the International School of Screen Acting in East London. Besides acting she is also a passionate film maker and has written and made several short films and won’t stop anytime soon.


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Thank you for having me!

I was always fascinated with film. I grew up without TV, only being able to watch films on VHS (and later DVD) when my parents allowed it. So watching a film was always something special to me and it gave me an opportunity to escape from reality and to dive into a world where anything was possible. I knew I wanted to be part of that and give others that same escape.

It took me a while to actually pursue acting but I don’t regret anything. I believe in “Everything happens when it is supposed to”.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

For me the most interesting thing about acting is how it changes you and how it makes you deal with yourself and then you overcome yourself and you turn into a better human being. But as for an interesting story, one that I can think of right now is, I did a short film last year and my character had to drink a lot of red wine. We substituted it with Ribena. Now, I don’t drink that stuff in general but obviously as an actor you do what you must; so I drank that stuff. I felt pretty sick at the end of the day. I’m never touching that stuff again ☺

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Okay, so this is not a funny one — I wish I had a funny one — but I once had an audition for a commercial. I turned up, got called in and did the ‘name, agent, profile, hands…’ and then they asked me if I was okay with the shooting dates. I asked when they were, since my agent didn’t tell me. It turned out that I actually wasn’t available for the shooting dates, because I was shooting my short film on those days — which my agent knew and I had reminded him of that. So basically I wasted the CD’s (and everyone in that room) time as well as mine. They’ll probably never call me in again because of that. So make sure you know those details and you are actually available.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

I’ve written another short film and if everything goes well we’ll hopefully start pre production soon — which I’m very excited about if it comes to fruition.

On top of that I have a web series coming up in June called ‘Moriarty’ which is a female dominant story involving many well known characters from Sherlock Holmes and other similar stories, in which I will be playing a young police inspector.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

You meet so many different out there almost all of them have something interesting about them. I sometimes still do Supporting Artist work, just to because of the money and to be on set. I worked on Dark Heart as an SA, as a bar woman in a strip club and in-between takes I was replenishing the shot glasses with dark grape juice and Tom Riley was doing his thing and then he asked me “So Judith, what are you serving?” to which I answered “black grape juice, would you like some?” He then said “No thank you, I’m already drunk” — which I found hilarious. My kind of humor 😀

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

There are some many tips. Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Be happy with your life first because success won’t make you happy. Bernard Hiller, an acting coach from Hollywood always says ‘Stop acting, Start living’. Be humble and kind to anyone you meet because you never know where they will be in 10 years time. And very important Never Stop Learning!

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

I just want people to be honest with each other, to be kind to one another and to be themselves and not care so much about material things, connect more with each other face to face and not through a screen. We are glued to our phones too much. Unfortunately money rules the world and if we could take money out of the equation maybe things would be different.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

In no particular order firstly, surround yourself with people that are positive and avoid negative ones. A positive mindset is very important and if you surround yourself with people that are always negative you start thinking the same way. So find people that elevate you and are positive even in difficult times.

Secondly, how to trust your instinct! I’m still working on this but instinct is very important, getting out of your head and just being and just doing. It helps you to give a better performance and more truthful.

Third one, don’t take it personally when you don’t get a job. Sometimes they are really generic things that make you not get the job, for example the co-star is tall and you are too short therefore they chose a taller person.

Fourth, be prepared no matter what, so that when opportunity knocks you are ready. Don’t just wait for the opportunity and then prepare — by that time it might already be too late.

Last but not least, help others because they will help you in return. Don’t be selfish and share what you learn so that others can learn and then they will share what they learn from which you will learn too ☺

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

Don’t compare yourself to anyone. There is no one like you out there. Everyone has a different story. Remember that when you meet people because you never know what they have been through, you never know why they are acting or are a certain way. And never judge them. Basically treat people like you would want to be treated… I guess that would be two but ‘Life Lesson Quotes’ but they are both very important. The first one in particular is hard, we all do it and I have to remind myself of it over and over again.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

I have several people whom I’m very grateful for. To only name one, a friend of mine who helped me with my accent and still continues to help me , which without whom I would have never been able to get to my current accent, which is more neutral and suited for a variety of character. I’m also so grateful for my parents, who never held me back from my dream and always supported me even though there was not much support they could give apart from in spirit.

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

There are so many. Two come to mind, one — on top of my list — is Christopher Nolan, I love his film ‘Memento’. All his films are captivating and so creative. The second one are two people. I would love to meet Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson as I would love to be in a Bond film and I have a great idea I would love to run by them 😉

How can our readers follow you on social media?

I do have Instagram, Twitter and facebook but my mane platform is Instagram.

IG @IAmJudithJager

Twitter @JudithJager01

Facebook @JudithJager01

Website judithjager.wix.com/judithjager

Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!

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