From Decatur to Hollywood
Jackson started doing community theater a year ago with the Decatur Community Players, a children’s musical theater company. He was instantly hooked, telling the Georgia Voice that acting is “really fun” and that he likes making people laugh.
Then in early August of this year, a family friend they know through local transgender organization THEA (Transgender Health & Education Alliance) let them know about a transgender casting agency that put out a call on Facebook for a trans boy around Jackson’s age. It was a rapid turnaround from there according to Jackson’s mother, Jen.
“We submitted his resume, a week later we did the taped audition and two weeks later we were out in L.A.,” she says.
Needless to say, Jackson was excited after getting the call that he had been picked for the role.
October 14, 2016
“He kept saying, ‘ I’m going to Hollywood!,’” says Stacey laughing.
Jackson didn’t know much about the show, but he became more excited as they showed him more of it.
“He was really excited to play a role that was so similar to himself,” Jen says.
The world reacts to the casting
After a day filming his scene with castmembers Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (“They were really nice,” Jackson says), he was back home in Decatur. No one except some friends and other families knew about the big casting news, that was until a Sept.