Radiant with a bright smile and glowing with energy, JT Vancollie met with FAME’US Magazine at a quaint café just removed from the bustling street of Koreatown’s Wilshire. In her hand was a container of homemade cookies that she had baked the night before – a friendly and caring gesture that was later emphasized again when she offered a hug instead of a handshake.
Although an actress with bounding potential, JT says that she did not always intend to pursue an acting career. In high school, she participated in student plays and cultivated her investment into theatre. Yet, she never thought it would become a career.
“I went to college as an engineer [major]…and I realized I hated it,” confided JT.
Winning a trip to Los Angeles through her university’s internship program might have been what persuaded her to change career paths. In L.A., JT realized, “acting could be a job. It was time to stop listening to the nay-sayers and just go for it.”
JT’s thoughtful nature translates in front of the camera as an actress. When asked about her most memorable role, she describes an anti-bullying public service announcement she did.
“It was anti-gender stereotypes, breaking the box kind of thing. I played a female football player.” JT recalls. “It was a great message.”
She is also mindful of the challenges of the industry, especially “dealing with constant rejection and just learning it’s not always about you.” Yet, drawing inspiration from the late Robin Williams and Meryl Streep for their ability to play any type of character, JT is unrelenting in her pursual of acting.
When JT is not on set, she tells us that she gets together with her friends “who want to be directors… and shoot a commercial.” With a laugh, she realizes, “I guess that’s also being on set. I just always want to be on set.”
On JT’s list of numerous accomplishments are well-known companies, such as Hyundai Motor Company, Haagen-Dazs, and BuzzFeed. On top of that, she also runs a web series, Assassin Ashley, which she directs, edits, and acts in as a passion project.
Like her chocolate cookies, JT is fresh, sweet, and sincere with effort. With the charismatic personality reminiscent of Sandra Bullock and the persistence of an artist in love with her craft, JT undoubtedly harbors the ingredients for success. We would not be surprised if the next place we see her is on the red carpet, as radiant as the flashes of paparazzi cameras trying to catch a glimpse of her vivid personality.
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