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Jesse Arthur Carroll: From Whistler Nightclubs to Netflix

Former Whistlerite Jesse Arthur Carroll stars in Smoke Eater, screened at the Whistler Film Festival on December 4

Hindsight, they say, is 20/20.

For Jesse Arthur Carroll, who has worked as a stand-up comedian, voice-over actor and film actor, it means he can relate his years in Whistler to his current life in New York.

If you lived at the station from 2011 to 2014, you might remember him from Maxx Fish, where he was a manager and ran a comedy night.

“Honestly, I look back on that time with so much fondness,” he says. “I partied like I was on tour with Mötley Crüe – I ran a nightclub, but I don’t know if I’d be there if I didn’t. When I was running these comedy nights, I had all these Aussies coming up to me and saying, ‘You’d kill in Australia’. You must come’… [Performing in Australia] eventually brought me back to Vancouver to resume acting. It was the start of a long journey to get to New York.

You can follow any of these interesting threads to learn more about Carroll’s captivating career, but the one people love to ask about is voiceover work.

It all started when he was nearing his late thirties and realizing that his days running a nightclub might not last forever.

“It’s hard to bear when you become an old man like me,” he says.

With some acting experience under his belt, he came across an instructional YouTube video on “how to get voiceover work from home” and reviewed it. Intrigued, he went all out, buying high-end recording gear and teaching himself how to use and edit it.

“The first month, I made between $50 and $100,” he says.

But then he signed up on various audition websites and started applying for every voiceover gig he could find.

“I was doing 20 to 30 auditions a day,” he adds. “It made me so much better. It took about 200 auditions or so, but then [the gigs] started rolling after that.

These days, you can find his voice on over 500 different credits, from commercials for Nintendo, Amazon, Walmart and Toyota, to the narrator of the TV series. Highway truckers.

After finding success in this area of ​​niche acting, Carroll realized he wanted to get back into acting on screen, which he had gone to school for in Vancouver in the mid-2000s.

“In order to reach the level of acting I wanted, I knew I had to come down to America. That’s what made me want to make the transition,” he says.

While he got his US work visa through an audio post-production studio and continues to work in that field, he also began studying acting at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio in New York, where everyone from Sam Rockwell to Natasha Lyonne and Emmy Rossum, have all been coached.

“He was the best coach in the business,” adds Carroll.

Although you can find Carroll’s acting chops on display in a range of places, including Christmas movies streaming this season like Mingle all the way, Christmas Pen palsand Christmas on Holly Laneas well as several Hallmark films and The imperfectstreaming on Netflix, he also stars in a short film that will make its Canadian debut at the Whistler Film Festival on December 4.

smoke eaterwhich takes place in 1981, chronicles the day of a young girl who follows her mother as the only female police firefighter.

Carroll plays Kurt, a firefighter who seems like a good guy on the surface, but takes a less likeable turn.

“It was shot in Langley at two different fire departments,” he says. “It was good because the fire department was there and there were a few calls while we were there… They’re serious. I spoke to one of the guys when they were hanging out between shots and as soon as the alarm went off, they were gone.

Working with Kaylah Zander (who plays the title character), her on-screen daughter Maria Frazer and director Gloria Mercer was a highlight, he says.

“They were so collaborative and open to ideas,” he says. “They had their own vision, but they accepted mine…I didn’t want to play Kurt as if he was a villain, which he is, but it was too obvious. I thought it was more faithful to the reality that he didn’t think he was doing anything wrong.

To catch smoke eater at the Whistler Film Festival on Sunday, December 4 at 1 p.m. at the Maury Young Arts Center.

The festival runs in person from November 30 to December 4 and online until January 2. For more information or tickets, visit Whistlerfilmfestival.com.

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement