Actor At Heart:

Donald James

July 1, 2020 | Art

Model and Actor
Donald James has gained a following on Instagram for his piercing eyes and chiseled bone structure. His motto: "if I haven't stopped by now, I never will."


Q: Where are you from?
A: Miami, FL. but grew up in Atlanta, GA.

Q: How long have you been in Miami

A: I’ve been living back in Miami since 2017

Q: From what you told us, you are an actor at heart. What made you pursue a modeling career?

A: I had no interest in modeling as a kid but as I was growing up was always told I’d be great at it, so I tried it out. It wasn’t until high school that I figured out that, since the two crafts both inhabit the same industry, I’d be better off pursuing both to basically up my chances of “making it.”

Q: Any chance you’ll get back into acting?

A: I’m definitely diving back into the acting world. It’s always been my base and a source of peace. I’m really excited to put all my energy back into my craft.

Q: Can you describe that "moment" (experience, emotion,) when you knew acting was your passion?

A: If there was ever “a moment” it would have to be my senior year of high school during a performance of “Arsenic & Old Lace.” I was at a new school, completely out of my comfort zone. I was the antagonist of the story and had just finished my lines and exited off stage to sit down in the wings. Then I heard the applause, which was odd to receive being the deranged bad guy. I received a standing ovation that lasted what felt like a lifetime. That’s when I knew I was hooked.

Q: What motivates you?

A: Motivation has always been tricky. I used to rely on my close friends and the competitiveness of the industry. That changed once my son, Santino, was born. He motivates me to be the best I can be so I can provide him with a good example.

Q: Any projects in the works?

A: I do have a few projects in the works, some of which were overseas and postponed due to COVID-19. I think we’re all waiting on this pandemic to subside so we can all get back to work.

Q: What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?

A: Something most wouldn’t know about me? Probably that I’m a goofball lol. For a long time there it was a toss up between acting/modeling and standup comedy. Don’t be surprised if you see me performing locally soon!

Q: What’s a quote you live by?

A: I have so many quotes I refer back to but this one is my most recent:

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour..”
-William Blake

To me, the quote is about imagination and seeing the world of possibilities in the little things. It applies to acting and modeling but in my day to day life as well. Helps keep me young at heart and my imagination running wild. Our imagination is the biggest tool we’ll ever posses. The ability to see something where there is nothing...that’s true power to me.


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