JB Ghuman is an artist of many genres...from paint-on-canvas to installation art to acting to writing/directing, JB is creating his world and allowing us in, so keep watching! Originally from Miami, FL, JB Ghuman, Jr. moved to New York City to be an artist focusing on paint-on-canvas and installation art. He then decided to move out to LA to pursue a career in acting and after doing national commercial spots, film, and television, JB decided to switch it up and go behind the camera. He's produced his own shorts that he wrote and directed and soon after, he was directing music videos for such high profile artists as RuPaul. His first feature film is "Spork," premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City from April 24-May 1. Heart-felt and inspiring, this film is one I would recommend! For tickets, click here! For lots more on JB, be sure to visit his website: http://www.1111entertainment.tv.
1. Who inspired you to become an actor as well as a writer/director? As an actor, Johnny Depp in "Edward Scissorhands" and Gary Oldman in "Brahm Stoker's Dracula." As a writer/director my triple threat is Todd Solondz's "Welcome to the Dollhouse" for his witty dialogue and funny story; John Waters for his characters which are super colorful, bright, and bigger than life; and Tim Burton's vision which I've been dying to emulate.
2. Who is the person you haven't worked with that you would like to, both as an actor as well as a director/writer? I'd love to direct Johnny Depp and Gary Oldman, but I'd love to act with Pee Wee Herman (a.k.a. Paul Ruebens) and get the rights to "Pee Wee's Playhouse." I loved his show, his world, and his magic. I think we should do a hard comedy movie.
3. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? If so, what career would you choose? I've never thought about quitting, but possibly changing jobs. I moved to New York from Miami to be an installation artist, then headed out to LA to pursue acting. As an actor your job is to emulate someone else's vision and pull it onto yourself, but what pulled me from being an actor to a writer/director is the same notion as being an installation artist--creating my own world. It would also be great to be a gallery owner or curator, like in "Beetlejuice" and show these crazy sculptures.
4. What's your proudest moment? Your questions are really heavy handed. I like this. I normally answer questions about sports :) I would have to say my proudest moment would be what happened at my stepfather's funeral. My stepfather, who basically raised me, recently passed away and at his funeral I saw my biological father who I hadn't seen in about 3 years because we've been estranged due to my sexuality. At my stepfather's funeral I talked about how incredible my stepfather was because he raised me and how much I loved him and my biological mother. I then took the opportunity to talk to my biological father. I told him that I loved him and how lucky I was to have 2 fathers. After telling him this, I felt incredibly light and free, like a weight was lifted. Even though things are back to the way they were before my stepfather's funeral, I still feel good about having the opportunity to tell my biological dad my feelings.
5. What's the best advice you've given someone, but not taken for yourself? Wow, you are totally "Oprahing" it. You're bringing me to tears here. The best advice I give is "Take your time." Especially with the passing of my stepfather recently, you never know whats around tomorrow, so everything you do in life enjoy, pace yourself, and don't rush into or out of anything. Just take your time and enjoy every experience.
6. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Wow. These questions are pretty cool. I would say myself as a kid because that was the happiest time in my life.
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Surfing and break dancing hands down. They're my favorite way to sweat. I used to be a b-boy (break dancer) in Miami and was in competitions for like 4 years, so for me dancing is definitely one of the most fun ways to stay in shape.
8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers...I like a little room. It's hot out here in California :)
9. Favorite website? This is not ikea.com and yours, of course!
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman-she's fierce! Anyone who can fly an invisible plane so everyone can see what your wearing everyday takes courage. Plus, she has that magic lasso to make everyone tell the truth.
11. Favorite hobby? I have roof access in the condo I live in in LA and I like to sit on my roof at night, usually between 2am and 4am and get lost in the city just watching the traffic lights blink on and off. It's the best time to just sit, think, or write.
12. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can wiggle my ears.