Living the single life has given this dynamic actress, director and acting coach a singular joy for teaching others.
Despite her high-heeled espadrilles, Kimberly Jentzen barely stands taller than the podium at the Samuel French bookstore. This event is her book release, a guide to igniting the power of acting that she titled, Acting with Impact. While Hollywood is infamous for women who are plucked, tucked and pulled beyond reasonable imagination, Jentzen is not. She looks relaxed with a warm smile, naturally bright eyes, and effortless grace.
Her self-worth doesn’t hinge upon being coupled. Living a life of true passion is at the heart of Jentzen’s universe. She enjoys dating, yet whether in a relationship or not, maintains her individuality. She’s become a successful hybrid of acting coach, director and now author who is devoted to her students, respected by her peers, and happily single. In fact, Jentzen credits all her varied successes to the freedom of being single.
“I can handle juggling all my many creative responsibilities, be it coaching, writing, and directing as I have the time to commit to all these fulfilling, but time consuming, endeavors,” she says. “I don’t have to make any compromises [to anyone] for my career. Ever.”
Jentzen says she also loves the singular sovereignty of her social life. “There is something very freeing about being able to pursue your passion without anything or anyone in your way,” she says. “It really allows you to be true to yourself and open you up to more interests creatively. Nothing can keep me from going to theatre, movies, cabaret, etc… I love going out and I love intellectual stimulation. I have the time to continue to feed my artistic soul.”
This freedom is the creative spark that Jentzen infuses into her teachings to embolden her students. “It’s very empowering, staying true to your integrity while single and doing things that you enjoy,” she says. “It’s wonderful to explore classes, travel or take up new hobbies and to have an opportunity to reinvent your life choices and journey.”
At the book signing, one could feel the passion in the room. One of Jentzen’s accomplished students, Broadway star Christina L. Fadale, shared how a private session with Jentzen gave her the confidence she needed to land a part in the hit musical Rent. After auditioning several times, she was determined to finally get the part and says she needed Jentzen’s help.
“In that session, what clicked for me was overcoming fear,” Fadale says. “Kimberly and I worked the material in so many different ways, so I could let go, have fun and play. Magic happened in the room that day and I booked the job! But what became even more satisfying, was getting the opportunity to create, with total abandon each night on that stage.”
That role turned into a six-year stint for Fadale as the character Maureen. Fadale’s journey and triumph is detailed in Jentzen’s book and is a testament to her devotion to her students.
While others at the book signing shared their full-circle moments, Jentzen was experiencing one of her own by being amongst the shelves of Samuel French. This exact branch of the renowned bookseller is where Kimberly started her own journey as an actor. When she first told her parents she wanted to pursue acting, they wisely took her to Samuel French in Hollywood.
“I looked around at the ominous store,” Jentzen says. “The books lined the walls all the way up to the top of the high ceiling. My mother said, ‘Pick out three plays.’ And I did, and the rest is history.”
Yet, the story doesn’t end there. Jentzen had so much knowledge to impart that her first draft was well over 500 pages. She turned all of that into a series of books. She also just directed a short film about war and the human condition entitled Reign. She’s the kind of singular woman who has something cooking on all burners while still finding time and energy for her students. So in effect, Acting with Impact is not just a book title, but also a way of life for this inspiring and talented woman.
For more information about Kimberly Jentzen please visit her website at: www.kimberlyjentzen.com