Mon, Sep 13|
10,000 NOs Insiders VIP with Jonathan Stanley Owner Hot Shots Self Taping Los Angeles
Time & Location
Sep 13, 2021, 12:00 PM
About the Event
10,000 NOs Insiders Presents Jonathan Stanley for our September VIP Event.
Jonathan Stanley knew at an early age that he wanted to perform, spending countless hours as a child doing impersonations and performing magic for his friends and family. Born on the SouthWest side of Detroit, Jonathan’s parents knew firsthand how tough the streets could be, so they enrolled him in a Catholic school where he attended kindergarten through 7th grade. Spending most of those years as an altar boy proved influential for Jonathan, primarily through the rough patches he would later endure. “Spirituality hasalways been at the forefront of my life,” says Jonathan, “and still is to this day.”Just before his 12th birthday, Jon’s parents moved the family north of Detroit to a small rural town, the change was challenging for Jonathan, and he never really felt like he fit in; his grades and academia suffered greatly. “I went from an honor roll student to my math teacher telling my Mom that I needed to be special education. That shit probably still haunts me til this day. Fuck that guy, he didn’t get me.” says Jonathan. High school proved too mundane so he would often skip school and hitchhike to the local gym to work out, eventually dropping out altogether at age 15. After washing dishes, doing mason work, working the midnight shift in a factory for literally $5 an hour Jonathan moved out at 17. Unable to afford his heat or pay rent, Jonathan happened across the world of male stripping at 19, after winning an amateur competition at the famous Danny’s nightclub in nearby Windsor, Ontario. He would continue stripping for a few years, even traveling to Las Vegas to work in a strip club there; he wanted to make money and enjoy the benefits of traveling and maybe dip into the dark seedier side of the industry. “There were several occasions that I slept with women for money. It’s not something I regret; when you grow up poor, you find yourself doing whatever you gotta do to make money.”Tiring of the whole stripping scene, Jonathan quit dancing and spent a summer in Los Angeles taking classes in pursuit of his dream of becoming an actor. After returning to Detroit, he landed a lead role in the indie film “This Narrow Place” he played a meth addict opposite Egyptian actor Sammy Sheik. The film went to win several film festivals and won many awards.It was at the 2011 Naples International Film Festival that a filmmaker, hearing Jonathan’s intriguing back story, recommended he write a movie about his own life. Thus, Jonathan began writing, mining the many struggles of his life, as well as those of close friends and family. The film is titled ‘Misled” and tells the story of Jonathan’s time as a dancer/gigolo while trying to support his family while his ex-con brother pulls him into his troubles. “The only difference between Hollywood and the strip club is a union. You’re selling yourself and what you have to offer while your agent negotiates your price, kinda like a pimp if you think about it. “They want you to do a nude scene; they’ll pay you x amount extra.” How is that any different?”Jonathan is probably one of the few to come away from such an industry unscathed, all the while having quite a promising career as an actor. He’s got some awesome credits that include such shows as Homeland, Seal Team, CSI Vegas, Dave, Good Trouble, General Hospital, 911 Lone Star, and many more. He also owns and operates Hollywood’s top self-tape studio Hot Shots Self-Taping. His clients include celebrities such as Jenna Ortega, David Arquette, Eric Balfour, Sonequa Martin-Green, Daniel Gillies, Ariana Greenblatt, Cary Elwes, and too many others to name. “The quality of our tapes from the sound to visuals is what separates us from all the other studios. I’ve had CAA call me personally to get their clients in for self-tapes; that’s when I knew I had the secret sauce.When I think about where I started and where I am, it seems surreal. I’ve learned to trust God, trust the process and enjoy the journey. Life has its hardships, and as long as you know that, it kinda helps you embrace the storm.” says JonJonathan faced his toughest hardships in the last couple of years. His older brother, James, was killed in a car accident on an icy bridge in November of 2019 after turning his life around and getting sober. Then his mother, Dolores, his biggest supporter, and best friend, died four months later from the flu. These unforeseen calamities made Jonathan want to quit acting; he felt like life had no purpose. His two biggest supporters were no longer here to cheer him on and share in his success. “It wasn’t until recently that I kinda got my fire back. It’s still not the same when I book something because I always called my mom rightaway. And my big brother was always bragging about me, and he looked up to me. I had to find my way back to God and trust that somehow things will work out in the end. That’s all I can do. It’s not in me to lay down and die, though I gotta say, I wanted to do just that for months after their passing.” Jon says.
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