Latin Teen Actor from Brooklyn Receives His First Young Artist Academy Award

JAC Carrera won his first Young Artist Academy Award for his performance in the short film Homecoming.

Brooklyn, NY, USA – January 29, 2021 – 17 year-old, Brooklyn based Latino actor won his first Young Artist Academy award at the 41st Young Artist Academy Award Ceremony based in Los Angeles, California. JAC was up against outstanding young actors in the category Best Performance in a Short Film – Teen Actor. Due to the pandemic the show was hosted virtually on YouTube on November 21, 2020. Today, he is celebrating his triumph as with much delay he finally received his award and he is all excited on what the future holds and what this really means to him.

About JAC Carrera

Award winning actor, Jose Antonio Carrera (JAC), was born in Brooklyn, NY. He is known for his performances on the big screen, television and theater. He has captivated the hearts of many since he was a very young boy. At the age of four he already knew he wanted to be a performer. In 2015 at the age of eleven, JAC decided to take his acting career full force. He is best known for his performance in the short film Swinging into Action (2018) and also the web series Facts of Life (2018). He recently wrapped production on his latest short film which he directed, Don’t Keep Me Waiting and is working on a few other projects and is networking in the industry. JAC became the first East Coast CEO of a young performer award show, Skyline Performer Awards (2020). JAC Carrera has received multiple nominations for his work in short films in the past years, last year he won a Young Entertainers Award for the film Swing into Action. This year he was up for two nominations but he took home “the big one” as he called it. “In these trying times we have to use our creative thinking and work on our craft until things can get back to normal,” JAC said. “Winning this award means I am walking the correct path and besides this whole pandemic we have to continue dreaming and aiming for our goals not giving up,” concluded JAC. “These award shows are made to celebrate and honor us young performers in the industry, a recognition that helps boost our confidence and helps us grow as performers. This past year we all had some ups and downs but what I am taking from all this is that it was a year to prepare ourselves for the awesome things that are coming,” JAC said. This year he will continue to focus on his career, his award show and start editing his new short film which will be out this summer.

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The Young Artist Academy Award winner takes this win as a token that no matter how dark times may be, there is always that light that shines the path. JAC won the award for a film with a story that gives hope to the unseen outcomes and that shows you that no matter what, you can’t ever give up. “In the story he wants to ask the girl to homecoming but he is afraid of rejection, and also has other worries which put him in a dilemma. The moral of the story is if you don’t try, if you don’t put yourself out there, you will never know. Don’t be afraid to take chances,” said JAC.

About The Young Artist Academy™

For over 41 years, the Academy has recognized exceptional talent in entertainers from ages 5-18, and continues to offer exclusive industry connections, networking, press training, protection education, academy references, and publicity opportunities for young artists on the rise. YAA has honored a multitude of young artists who have continued on to successful adult careers, becoming household names in the entertainment industry. Some notable examples include: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Ryan Reynolds, Regina King, Julia Roberts, Drake, Johnny Depp, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and many more. Founded in 1978 by Golden Globes Executive Maureen Dragone, the Young Artist Academy™ is committed to educating, protecting, and mentoring young artists through digital and events. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) produces Hollywood’s first and longest-running youth awards.

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