"When you get to the end of all the light you know and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly." - Edward Teller

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

biography

When he was sixteen, Jeremy left home to pursue his dreams of becoming a performer. This created a rift between him and his family as he went against his parents’ wishes to pursue a career in medicine. It took all of his courage to leave home so he could break away from their expectations and take charge of his own destiny and life. Jeremy has been taking the steps needed to heal the gap between him and his parents, as they’re both learning to appreciate each others values.

 

On his own and with no family support, he worked multiple jobs- at the local grocery store, as a dishwasher and as a server in countless restaurants, and even mascot gigs here and there- so he can save up to go to theatre school. He always placed his career first, even if it meant missing a meal in order to pay for dance or acting lessons. Living in Mississauga at that time with no car, he relied heavily on the slow and infrequent public transit system to get to work, to school, and even travelling two hours to downtown Toronto for a three minute audition sometimes three or four times a week. After graduating from the Sheridan college Performing Arts Program, in 2007, Jeremy continued training for the next 10 years after and took similar notable workshops, which includes graduating from both Sears and Switzer and Second City Improv Training. He managed to juggle his multiple jobs, and trained in all three disciplines of acting, singing and dancing, while auditioning, and booking gigs he could find on his own before he landed his first agent. He knew that all his hard work will add up and the live dance performances, fashion shows, and music videos would help towards his stage presence and his craft.

 

In 2013, Jeremy was offered a scholarship at the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic arts (VADA). His decision to accept the offer was last minute, and he was lucky enough to sell some art work so he afford the 4 day grey hound bus ride from Toronto to Vancouver. While training at VADA studios, in order to maintain his scholarship and reduce Vancouver living expenses, in the span of six months, Jeremy moved around to five different living arrangements. This was a very challenging time for Jeremy, but he pulled through and did what he needed to do to get by.  In October 2013, he ended up living in a van located in Olympic Village for the month. The van was solar-powered, with no running water, no heat, and no built-in bathroom. In his daily morning routine, he started his day for when the Olympic Village community centre would open. Since the van he was living in had no bathroom, he was able to get ready for school by using the community centre’s free public gym showers and restrooms. For the last four months of his stay in Vancouver, Jeremy was able to find cheap and interesting living accomodations on craigslist. The fourth place he moved into was a reclaimed abandoned house which he lived in for two months, and the last place he moved into was a kitchen pantry closet with windows, being rented out as a spare room. He attended school during the day, and right after school and into the night he worked as grande manger at Heirloom, a high end vegan restaurant. Whatever little spare time he had off in the evenings and weekends, he was focused on his studies at VADA. On March 7, 2014, Jeremy graduated from VADA and moved back to Toronto. Immediately arriving back into Toronto, Jeremy continued his actor training at Lewis Baumander studios for the next year and a half after. He was inspired by the healthy lifestyle in Vancouver to go vegan and any restaurant experience moving forward was strictly at vegan establishments.

 

Jeremy grew up in the early 2000,  and surrounded himself with a variety of artists, dancers, designers, promoters, DJs, and musicians, immersing himself within the Toronto electronic rave scene in his early teens. It was this influence that he credits to shaping his art portfolio and personal style. He used a lot of his artistic abilities and aligned himself with popular rave production companies and made art deco for their events and music festivals. On his days off in the summertime, Jeremy loves to travel around Canada, attending these week long camping festivals. He loves festival culture, and draws a lot of inspiration from the people, the music, the fashion, and the art installations. The underground dance floor is where he first discovered his love for dance, Jeremy studied and admired the breakdance crews and their impromptu dance offs. Dancing underneath the stars and surrounded by art in the forrest, he also took this time to soul search, exploring his creativity and spirituality.  

 

Jeremy is a massive supporter of local bohemian artisans and one of a kind shops. On his Instagram, he frequently blogs about his love for graffiti culture, promoting up and coming artists and events surrounding contemporary urban art, edgy bohemian fashion, vegan food, and EDM nite life wherever he travels. 

contact

@JeremyHernandez (instagram / twitter)

jeremy@jeremyhernandez.com

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