Jillian is a self-professed storyteller, whether that be through acting, singing, or writing. She was bitten by the travel bug at a young age, and funds her adventures through sharing her home with fellow travelers and creatives.
So how did you get started in this crazy business? What keeps you going?
I started singing before I can even remember; I come from a musical family. I did a few musicals when I was young, and then transitioned to theatre in college, and TV and film when I moved out to Los Angeles. What keeps me going? I suppose the honest answer is I just don’t know how to quit. Nothing else makes me as happy, even if it simultaneously can make me pretty miserable sometimes. But isn’t that the way with any creative field? The Muse can be a hard mistress.
I noticed you also sing; how do you balance that and acting?
Not with much difficulty, actually. I do film, tv, commercials, and print, but my first love is Musical Theatre, so the majority of my time is spent singing and acting simultaneously. I also sing a ton of jazz, and some pop, folk, and rock if the occasion calls for it.
It’s so hard to stay grounded and focused in Hollywood. What’s your secret?
I will admit, there are many times I’m not grounded and focused. But what I’ve found is a good morning ritual breeds productivity. For me that means a cup of tea, meditation, and sitting down to work in the morning. But when I’m not working, I try to live my life. If all you think about is how many times you didn’t get the part or your script is rejected, your self-worth will plummet. But outside of working hours, when I do things that make me happy, spend time with people who support me and laugh with me, read good books, putter around in my garden, go to shows or see art that inspires me, my life, overall, is fulfilling and can keep moving forward through the rejection that inevitably breaks through to the win.
What’s next for you?
I actually just finished three musicals back-to-back plus applying to grad school, so I’m pretty excited to have a bit of time off to focus on writing and episodic seasons.
What made you decide to want to rent your house out to film and other creative purposes?
I’ve been renting off and on when needed on Airbnb since 2012, so I’m used to sharing my home. I found out about Wrapal through Brian, Wrapal’s Co-Founder, who directed the very first film I shot in LA and is a fellow travel-lover. When my partner and I bought our duplex we thought it’d be a great way to make extra money while helping local filmmakers bring their stories to life. A number of the wonderful people I’ve met have turned into collaborators on subsequent projects.
What’s been your location finding horror story?
One of the first shorts I ever filmed required a scene on a city bridge at night. The producer didn’t get permits and we had to film snippets of the scene over the course of a (very very cold) month because the cops kept showing up and telling us to move along. Needless to say, I was thrilled to wrap that film. Saddest part? They never ended up finishing it so I’ll never see that footage.
What are some of the benefits to listing and booking with Wrapal?
I love the facility with which you can set up a profile and how easy it is to communicate with the filmmakers. The new site has great navigation and the drag and drop contract builder is a great idea to make sure all the bases are covered. We’ve gotten a few bookings elsewhere, but the filmmakers from Wrapal overall have been much more professional, and the support team is exceptional.
Check out Jillian’s listing HERE!
What makes your property so ideal for filming?
Well, right off the bat every director that’s filmed here has loved how much outdoor space we have. There’s a shaded picnic table perfect for crafty and a large gated front patio for storing props and equipment. I honestly think the best feature, though, is that you have two options. We own both sides of the duplex, so there are two separate homes to choose from that have a similar layout, but slightly different atmospheres. So if you’re looking for something clean and modern or a maybe a little more homey, we have both options. We also have an unfinished basement that’s made for a CSI scene.
Check out Jillian’s other listing HERE!
So if you could be cast in any role right now with a snap of your fingers, what would it be and why?
Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Hands down. She’s a secondary character, but she’s so well written. She’s tough, brilliant, and so loyal she sacrifices the love of her life for the happiness of her sister. Her range is powerhouse, and so much fun to sing. Plus she’s the only woman in the entire show that not only raps, but raps faster than Hamilton, which Miranda alluded to mean she’s just as smart, if not smarter, than these brilliant Founding Fathers who surrounded her. I’m pretty sure there’s a video of me on YouTube singing her song “Satisfied” onstage at a Hamilton Sing-Along.