Doin’ It With Kwaisi France: Jadon Woodard
I sat down with aspiring rapper/actor Jadon Woodard to talk movies, television, film, homelessness, freestyling, “the game”, traveling, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Oakland and California. Though he is only 24, Jadon has a maturity and worldliness about him that make him seem much older.
As an actor, Jadon is best known for his work in Underground Symphony (2011) and Keep Pushing (2013). He impressed me right off the bat by actually free styling, and not reciting something that he was working on or had previously written. This is extremely rare nowadays, and he even took it a step further by asking me to name the subject, and he would freestyle about it on the spot.
Jadon has been everywhere on the east coast, and it turns out frequented some of the same spots in those cities as I did (if they were still in existence). It personally made me feel good as a hip-hop head ten years his senior to know that some of the same missions and directives were going in the same cities. In fact, it turns out that we know some of the same people because we frequented the same establishments in the same city.
Work ethic is crucial in having success in anything, and Jadon has it in spades. The road of the actor/musician is a long and hard one requiring embracing of he process rather than solely just the end product. Jadon is forging how own road in both art forms, and is poised to have remarkable success in both provided that he remains focused, motivated and hungry. I really enjoyed the conversation with Jadon and I think you will too.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you about Jadon Woodard. Here he comes.