Christian's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Tabula Rasa

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Anaheim, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 7

  • ON DVD:

CHRISTIAN JACOBS

Co-Creator, Director & Writer/Lead Singer
Yo Gabba Gabba!/The Aquabats

“You've got to put yourself in those sink or swim situations...Make things tough on yourself so that you're stronger.”

INTERESTS:

Music Television

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Character Choices Dedication Experience Family Fear Individualism Opportunity Passion Perseverance Success Struggle Confidence Chance Hard Work

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals Being Creative

TAGS:

acting, alpha male, child actor, childhood, collaborate, distractions, do it all, do it yourself, hesitation, imagination, milestones, motivation, music, playing, positive attitude, positivity, responsibility, small victories, toys, working with people

BIOGRAPHY:

  • As a child actor, he wasn’t given a “normal” childhood; was part of a cutthroat industry, was going to auditions every day.
  • Hooked on to things like toys, skateboarding, music to make up for lost time, help his imagination grow.
  • Got a good feel of how the television industry worked—which was helpful down the line—but left it to pursue music.
  • Figured out that performing under a persona made people pay attention to him, made it easier for him to sing his feelings.
  • Started the band The Aquabats, who dressed up as superheroes and fought monsters on stage.
  • From there, they had the idea for Yo Gabba Gabba!, but previous experience with television networks compelled them to produce it themselves.
  • Quit their day jobs and took out loans to make the show happen; says it was hard because by then, he had a family depending on him.
  • Stresses that you have to put yourself in “sink or swim” situations, don’t just let yourself float through life.

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