The Life of Actor and Singer J. Hasan
Q: How did you come across the Hamilton role? What was the process like?
A: Since the show came out I’ve always been obsessed with the show. I always had a feeling that I could play the role of John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton. I had my senior showcase in the city right before graduation. A representative of the casting agency for Hamilton saw me, after that I had 7 callbacks over the course of 4 months.
Q: What do you like most about the Acting side? What do you like most about the music side?
A: I’ve always loved acting ever since I was a kid. Same with singing, i was always the kid singing songs up and down the block, all around the house. It wasn’t until middle school where I started writing poetry. Then in college I started working on my own music.
Q: When dealing with your single projects, where does your inspiration come from?
A: I would say it comes from whatever I’m feeling in the moment. Sometimes I bring up old feelings from the past, and even sometimes I make up scenarios. I just love writing.
Q: What do you like most about performing?
A: I love the feeling I get from it. It’s kind of indescribable, but there’s nothing like it. It’s therapeutic in a sense.
Q: If you could work with anybody in the industry who would you want to work with and why?
A: There’s way too many but Chris brown, H.E.R., Ty Dolla sign, Khelani, Timbaland, honestly
Q: When did your passion for music occur?
A: My family always played music in the house whether when my grandma was cooking, cleaning or someone just needed me to shut up haha. I grew up on a lot of Motown and 60’s/70’s style music. I would say I got inspired to create my own in high school but was always scared to admit it. I didn’t take it seriously till college. Yeah this has been a whole process. I’ve always been so hesitant and scared about putting out there. But I reached a point where I was like “screw it, I gotta start believing in myself and what I can do”. Honestly being part of this show has helped me a lot. I’m surrounded by so many artists that create their own work. Being in Chicago I’ve come into contact with so many musicians and aspiring artists and it’s been very inspiring.
Q: What is a long term goal for yourself?
A: Well I have a lot of long term goals. I definitely want an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). I want to leave my mark on the entertainment industry as a whole. And eventually own my own production company, record label, etc. and eventually give back. That’s something my mother and I have always wanted to do and intend on doing.
Q: Besides Hamilton are there any other plays that you would like to be in?
A: I would love to be in the new musical about the temptations “Ain’t Too Proud”. It looks sick!
Q: What do you like the most about A.L.I.E.N Entertainment?
A: I like that they have created something of their own from the ground up. There is nothing more important than creating something that is yours and building it into something big.
Q: What was one of your childhood dreams?
A: Honestly, I’m starting to live it!