Yes, that’s Jacxson spelled with a ‘x’. You might think it had something to do with his being an actor, writer and director. But that’s not the story behind this super friendly 39 year old man who greets me every morning at the gym.
Born in Birmingham Alabama, Jackson’s mom was told she would never have children, but when God blessed her with her one and only child Jackson’s mom took the ‘x’ from that medical report and put it into her son’s name. Even though he has no brothers or sisters, Jacxson was blessed to share his life with 14 close cousins (including 12 girls). He would leave them behind to pursue his dream to be an actor.
After meeting Lawrence Fishburne on the set of CSI, Jacxson was given this advice from this legendary actor, “Don’t limit yourself to being just one thing in this town!” Discovering just how tough Hollywood can be, Jacxson took this advice to heart and began to put his eggs in other baskets. In doing so he found his real passion for screenwriting. When he’s not greeting me and others each morning, he continues to research and write his favorite topic: horror and Greek mythology.
Having worked “behind the scenes” in a church, Jacxson saw the church as a production and enterprise. As he got older, Jacxson began to feel a disconnection between his church home and his connection to God. That divine connection however remains a strong part of who he is. And he wants you to know this about him: “I see the beauty in our differences. We live in the most diverse country in the world, but instead of being united in our diversity we keep forcing people into categories. That hurts my heart.”
Meeting Jacxson and hearing his story is more the reason why we need to meet one another, and find that common thread that weaves a rope of love and kindness that we can get ourselves tied and twisted up in.