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Jacob Kraemer on the red carpet for the Family Network. Submitted photo
From hometown streets to big city dreams, Jacob Kraemer, 19, is a local talent from Fonthill, Ont., who has made his way onto national television.
Kraemer has been on many shows, including Naturally, Sadie and Degrassi the Next Generation and is starring in Overruled, a Family Network original.
"I started acting because it was something that I’ve always found intriguing. I would watch films or series and just think, I want to do that. I began really taking it seriously at about 11 or 12 years old and researched names of talent agents in Toronto and came into contact with them. Fortunately, I got signed and started taking classes and going to auditions."
He says he became involved with the Family Channel when he started working on Naturally, Sadie.
He developed a "good" relationship with the people who work there.
When the opportunity came up to audition for Overruled, "I felt like I had a leg in the door," says Kraemer.
"Seeing myself on television is something I try to avoid, to be honest. I’ve never really gotten comfortable with the notion. I can watch it about once to see how I did and learn from it, but after that, I don’t turn it on regularly."
Balancing school and work is very tricky, says Kraemer.
He has been fortunate to have supportive teachers and professors.
"When you work 12 hours a day, it is hard to have the energy to do work, so I try and get it done on the weekend," says Kraemer.
"Fans can be very funny sometimes, especially at large scale events, but the funniest thing I’ve ever witnessed was in the Eaton Centre. I was walking through the halls with a friend of mine and a girl walked up to me and yelled, ‘Oh, my God!" and simply walked away afterward," says Kraemer.
"To anyone wanting to be in my shoes, I would just say never lose the faith."
He confirms that the film and television industry is "tough" and you will be rejected many times, but if you really love it and you really want to do it then just give it all you’ve got and you will be rewarded handsomely.
"I love what I do, and it’s because I never lost faith," says Kraemer.
"Growing up outside of Toronto definitely has its downside, but it all goes back to how committed you are. I have made more drives from Niagara to Toronto in a month than most people do in their lives, but I am committed to what I do and that is all that matters. It can be done."
"I have learned so many things doing this. You really learn a lot about who you are when doings things like this, and it really helps you grow as a human being. I have been working with adults since I was 12 years old and really feel that that has helped me in the past few years and in the years to come."
Everyone has doubts but it’s how you handle those doubts, says Kraemer.
"If you look at it like you will never get anywhere then you won’t, but if you believe in yourself, good things will happen."
"I only hope that I can continue the success I have enjoyed. I find that I am never satisfied with myself when it comes to my work. I want to continue to push myself with every project and see how far I can go."