Your Host, Jeff Schubert
So the marketing Gal for Destination East Brunswick (DEB) asked me to write a blog about who I am. That feels like more a book than a blog. Good thing for both of us I don’t have the attention span to write a book today!
I was born and raised in New York City. Growing up I loved sports and was a wanna be athlete. I always had the heart, but was gangly, uncoordinated, and had the natural athletic ability of an old man with a walker in a retirement home! But that didn’t stop me from trying and becoming co-captain of my high school varsity basketball team.
In college I got a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. That’s not a big deal. A first degree is like being an advanced beginner. You don’t really become a bad ass until your third or fourth.
Growing up I also developed two skills that you wouldn’t think necessarily go together. I’m a great listener, and a mega smart ass. #Sarcasm is my friend. Being the youngest in a very loud and strong willed family is kind of where the listening comes from. It enabled (actually required) me to become a keen observer of human behavior. This helped me to learn from others mistakes, and, to make fun of them as I chose! Not in a mean way. Only in fun!
I became very curious, and a natural at leading and helping people. This would further manifest later through some volunteer work, an undergraduate degree in psychology and years working with abused adolescents and mentally ill adults.
One downside to all of this do gooder stuff is not only did I become a member of the “friend zone” when it came to women I was attracted to, I became one of its freaking four star generals! Forget, “like a brother”, I had a woman I was attracted to in college say I was “like a father” to her… Whoa, that kind of freaked me out. Definite therapy material.
Anyway, in high school, I was an underachieving class clown, (Who would later be diagnosed with a learning disability. Thanks Principal Spahn for picking up on that!)…When my senior class was asked who they wanted emceeing graduation, the class started chanting my last name. (Any person with the last name Schubert will be called Schubes, Schuby, etc., by their peers. Feel free to call me that too, it makes me feel younger and is so much better than dude!)
I got that undergraduate degree from the University of Denver. Denver is a great city! Never would have thought I would have joined a fraternity in college, cause that seemed too conformist for this Aquarian. I didn’t go through rush, but just happened to make a lot of friends at Phi Kappa Sigma. They appealed to my open mindedness to check it out. I did, and it was fantastic. The saying around campus was, no two Phi Kaps were alike, and that wasn’t far off. I never got into drugs but I did drink a wee bit too much in college.
As for the arts. Yeah, growing up I was in school plays, and sang at school assembly’s (until I had the Peter Brady voice change experience), but didn’t think much of a career in it until…
After a bout with mono-nucleolus my junior year at D.U., I joined a gym and became a workout fanatic. I put on about 25 pounds of “hulkamania” muscle (no steroids necessary) and looked better than I ever did. So I responded to this add for modeling by John Casablanca’s. They appealed to my vanity and said something that made sense. Any field where you can make lots of money requires education. So I signed up for their “advanced” modeling classes.
First day I show up, there are hundreds of people there for classes. I don’t want to be rude, but man… there is no way all of these people were modeling material. I knew I was taken, but decided to go through with it. I liked one of the staff there and, long story short, he says there is not much we can do for you acting wise, (I was like yeah, no sh*t) but if you’re really interested, I know a coach who is very honest, she will tell you if you have it or not.
I know what you’re thinking, Jeff is about to get suckered again. No, this coach was legit. I audited a class of Molli Benson’s, and if was a life changing moment. I went from knowing I was going to stay in Denver after I graduated to pursue a masters in psychology, to knowing I as going to move to Los Angeles to pursue, “the dream” of becoming an actor. Molli thought I had what it took, so I began studying with her and planning for the move to lala land. This is a place I never wanted to go to due to the possibly that the earth could open up and swallow you at any given moment!
It’s been a while in LA (minus one year in Vegas, a story for another time), and career wise I have been all over the map. While pursuing acting I wanted to have a job that meant something. I mentioned the mental health work. I’ve also worked as a massage therapist for five years at The Sports Club LA (now Equinox). And being a swank health club in LA, I worked on a handful of athletes and celebrities. I really enjoyed massage work! I trained at a great holistic school in Culver City, The Institute of Psychostructual Balancing (IPSB).
However, my first job in LA was working in a department store in the Beverly Center where I first met one of the producers of Destination East Brunswick! Relationships can go a long way in furthering your career. I also spent about six years in property management. To get my mind around it I told myself I was helping people find their next home.
What about acting??? That falls into the category of Jeff made plans and GOD started laughing! The thing about acting is the supply of actors so far exceeds the demand for them that it makes it uniquely challenging. I’ve studied a lot and worked a little. A sample of what I’ve done:
I was able to book four roles in a short span of time by interning for a casting director, Katy Wallin, for about a year. One of those roles was in the movie Orgazmo, from the creators of SouPark. I also wrote,directed, and starred in a feature and a short. I’ve written a self-help book, and journal. I wrote and performed a couple of songs and raps, you read that right, raps! And I have written my fair share of blogs. A lot on sports, but also about health, cancer and other topics as well.
My best gig to date was hosting a live webshow called Filmnut, about the making, marketing, and distribution of film, Tv and new media on TheStream.Tv. Ask me how I got that job one day. Loved it. And loved working with the incredibly talented Brian Gramo. Got this gig off a craigslist add.
A minute ago I mentioned relationships and how they help. Well relationships don’t cut it alone. Yes I know one of the producers of DEB for over 20 years, but it is my hosting, other experience in reality programming, psychology, work, and life experience, that opened her and her husband up to the idea of bringing me on to DEB.
Can’t say I’ve done much or nearly as much as I have wanted to creatively, but I have had my small wins. And maybe not so small is the notion that I’ve pretty much stayed true to myself throughout this journey…
Can’t wait to write this next chapter on DEB!
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