From comedy to drama, award-nominated actor Jet Jurgensmeyer has brought dynamic characters to life in film and television, quickly solidifying him as “one to watch" in the entertainment industry.
Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Jet has been entertaining audiences since he could walk. Though known for his work on screen, Jet has always had a natural love and passion for music. Jet demonstrates his ability to deliver powerful messages with heartfelt vocals. Jet debuted his first single “Everything Will Be Alright” from his self-titled album in January 2018. Recently, he has released tracks from his upcoming album with titles such as “Fast Forward,” and “Compassion.” With the perfect blend of country and pop, Jet’s most recent single, “Talk to God,” delivers to his listeners a style all his own.
Jet recently leant his talents and brought a new perspective to the series regular role of “Boyd” on FOX’s hit comedy, “Last Man Standing.” He is also providing his voice to the Disney animated series, “TOTS”, in the lead role of Pip the penguin. In 2017, Jet was seen starring opposite Valerie Azlynn and Jackée Harry in the indie feature film “Cupid’s Proxy” (Simba Entertainment) which premiered on VOD nationwide September 12, 2017. Jet was then seen starring as grandson ‘Skip,’ in the award-winning NBC series “Will & Grace” opposite Sean Hayes (October 2017). He then starred as fan-favorite Stinky Peterson in the film reprise of the popular 90s/00s television series, “Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie,” which premiered on November 24, 2017. Jet then went on to voice a role in the 20th Century Fox film, “Ferdinand,” released in theaters nationwide on December 15, 2017. Jet voiced the role of Young Guapo, the counterpart to the adult character, played by former NFL Superbowl Champion and MVP, Peyton Manning.
Additional recent film credits for Jet include Inspire Network’s “The Legend of 5 Mile Cave”, starring in Nickelodeon’s “Legends of the Hidden Temple,” Disney’s “Adventures in Babysitting,” appearing in the Oscar-nominated, Clint Eastwood film “American Sniper,” Universal’s “The Little Rascals Save the Day” as Spanky, PureFlix Cinema’s “Woodlawn,” and alongside Reese Witherspoon in “Devil’s Knot.” On the television front, Jet boasts an extensive list of credits including “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” [CBS], “Hot in Cleveland” [TV Land], “Marry Me” [NBC], “Grey’s Anatomy” [ABC], “Austin & Ally” [The Disney Channel] and “Black-ish” [ABC]. He has also lent his voice to several animated projects over the years, including series regular roles for both Nickelodeon’s “Shimmer and Shine” and “Bubble Guppies,” as well as Amazon’s “Stinky & Dirt.” He has also been featured in several episodes of Disney’s “Special Agent Oso” and “Pickle and Peanut.”
Jet and his family currently split their time between Tennessee, Missouri, and California. When not acting, he loves to hang out on his family’s farm, ride horses, go fishing and spend time outdoors. He is also active in sports, playing soccer, basketball, and golf, as well as perfecting his skills in Kenpo Karate, where he holds a purple belt.
On the charity front, Jet has become an avid supporter of The Ryan Seacrest Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives. One of RSF’s first initiatives was to build broadcast media centers, named Seacrest Studios, within pediatric hospitals for patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. Jet consistently visits these studios across the country and has raised over $15,000 towards building more of them.
Please share a story that includes a happy memory as an artist and has hugely impacted your artistry.
There are two things that instantly come to mind when I think of this. The first, was when I was asked by my friend David to do a writer’s round at the Bluebird Café here in Nashville. It’s such a legendary place and I was very excited and extremely nervous to play there. The second, has to be the first time someone gave me a $100 dollar bill as a tip. I was mid song and saw him drop it in the jar, I had been talking to him from the stage and we talked about him being from Sacramento and the Kings and what not. I will NEVER forget that, because it’s little moments like these, that make me want to keep doing it.
How do you choose to lead a Happy Healthy life as an artist?
For me personally, I try and surround myself with good positive people. If you are constantly around negative people, it will eventually wear off on you. I try to be positive about everything. Stress is just another thing where you decide when you wake up in the morning if you’re going to pick it up or leave it where it is. You have to try and be happy where you are in life and realize that that bag of stress isn’t going to help you. Life is too short to be stressed out about every little thing.
Who did you learn from to instill those values?
I think it leads back to my family and friends. I’ve tried to surround myself with people that have similar values as far as trying to be positive and always looking on the bright side. It’s important to find things you believe in and have people around you that believe in those things as well because they will push you to be the best version of yourself always.
Was it hard work to make sure that you focused on your well-being and not only your art?
Absolutely. However, I feel like they both go hand in hand. If you aren’t happy and passionate about what you’re doing, then you aren’t going to perform the best. We always say, “I’ll do that when I’m older”, or, “Once I save some money.” Pretty soon, older is here, and you may not be able to enjoy that money you spent so long saving. So, enjoy yourself! There is always better to be done, so I am still working on myself.
Was there a turning point in how you decided to put yourself first?
I think it really happens for everyone, some later or earlier than others, but it happens. I don’t think I could pinpoint a specific time when I realized exactly how I needed to change, because for me I’m still in the process and it’s still taking time. Nothing happens overnight. You don’t get in shape overnight. You don’t get to the top of your craft overnight. It takes work and dedication, the same goes for becoming the best version of yourself. It takes time.
How do you like to promote a healthy lifestyle?
I think I’m a very positive person, and I like to think that rubs off on people. I’m the goofball of my friend groups. I’m not shy, and I’m usually the one to put myself out there and show them that it’s ok so be silly and embarrass yourself a little bit. Like I said before, enjoy yourself, life’s too short!
In what ways are you connecting with fans to check in on each other?
I try my best to respond to almost every DM, and comment as much as I can over all my social platforms. I think it’s important if you’re in an online community to be there for each other. These are people from all over the world that found something they have in common with someone thousands of miles away from them. So, try and help that person if they’re going through a rough patch. I’m trying to do that with my music. All of the songs I’ve written and released or am currently releasing, are stories either myself or my co-writers have been through. So, I want people to know they aren’t alone in going through things.
Who checks in on YOU when you need it most?
I think my parent’s and my two best friends. We always check in on each other and see what they’ve been up to and make sure the other’s ok. I’m very fortunate to have parents that care so much about me, and how I’m doing. It means the world to me to have two friends that are like my brother’s (being an only child and all) there to have my back and be there for me when I need them the most.
Changing habits can be hard. Which was the habit that you had to change and how has it changed your life now?
I think being more social with my circle of friends or family. This is something that I’m still working on, but I have to remember to reach out and check in on them and see how they are. They could be going through something, and it just takes a simple text to let them know someone’s thinking about them, to get then to start talking about whatever it is to hopefully get it off their chest.
Is there a song, book, movie, show, or anything that always gives you the motivation you need?
I think for me, it’s music, not necessarily my own, but just the subject in general. I love listening to the stories each song tells, and it’s nice to sometimes not even look into them that much, just simply listening to distract my mind from my surroundings. It’s important to be looking around and taking in the things around you, but it’s also nice to relax and not have to worry about anything for about 3 minutes. Audio books or podcasts are a big thing for me if I’m at the gym. I like listening to something like that, because the musician in me gets distracted by listening to what’s happening in the song rather than the set of triceps extensions I’m currently doing!
What is the mantra of 2022?!
That’s a good one. Since the year isn’t over yet, it’s hard to say what’s going to happen. To me it seems like it would be something along the lines of “Togetherness”. If there’s anything we’ve learned over the past 2 years, it’s that we need to be better at being around each other. We take for granted the time we’re given with our loved ones and that time is a lot shorter than we realize. The world more than ever needs to come together to support one other, stop being so hateful and actually help everyone grow and be a better person or country.
Give all the inside scoop on your latest project!
I’m very excited for my album to come out. I’ve spent the past 2 years or so working in the room writing, and in the studio, recording it. It’s called “Phase 1: Discover” because you quite literally hear me discover myself as a writer. You hear things that myself and co-writers have gone through or are currently going through. I wanted this album to be as relatable as possible because so often people think that they’re alone, when in fact, they are not. There are people going through the same things, so I hope this album will help others get through it, knowing they aren’t alone.