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Jason was born in the sixties, under the sign of Gemini, and raised in beautiful, sunny Santa Barbara, California. His favorite color is purple. If you follow such things, his birthday on the Mayan calendar is Yellow Spectral Star.

As a very young child, Jason's favorite book was Dr. Seuss' gem, My Book About Me. The writing credit for the book read, "written by Dr. Seuss and his friend, _(put your name here)_." It was a joint effort as the reader was asked to fill in blanks on every page. Young Jason interviewed and got autographs from various neighbors (eg "someone with a beard, a postman, someone tall etc.) and relatives. He scrupulously inventoried his home and possessions when Dr. Seuss gave him "My house has ____ forks and ____ light bulbs." On the page that began, "When I grow up I want to be..." Jason wrote "an Actor."

By the age of ten, Jason was in the habit of waking up early before school to watch the syndicated Jack LaLanne show. Jack LaLanne was one of JAG's earliest and strongest influences outside his family and set him on the path of being focused on maintaining and improving optimum health and physical fitness. As a youth JAG was athletic and played tennis, racquetball, soccer, baseball, and basketball. He was on a bowling team, swimming team and and on the wrestling team at school. Being raised by an ex- Marine, conservative Republican father and Reverend's-daughter mother, Jason was convinced to give up that silly dream of being an actor and told that dental school was the smart thing to do. Jason charmed and breezed his way through school, graduated with honors and a 3.92 GPA. But by the time he graduated, had decided not to go the medical route. He was accepted to UCSB with a declared major in Business Economics, and later followed in his father's footsteps by opening and running a Ventura branch office of the family business, Jerry Griffin Insurance.

In his 20's, JAG made his first step toward reclaiming his own true passions. He had already made a small fortune in the high-risk auto insurance business and lost most of it on bad real estate investments. For a fresh start, he decided to move from southern California to live somewhere where it actually rained occasionally. Inspired by the beauty of the weird television show, Twin Peaks, filmed in the Seattle suburb of Fall City, Jason moved to Seattle intending to leave the business world and get a more physical career; on the top of the list of considerations were UPS driver or Park Ranger. But instead, seeing a want ad in the paper lead him to discover a rewarding career as a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. Although Jason felt he had found his calling promoting the glowing physical health and wellness he had been pursuing for himself since his Jack LaLanne days, he also found that being in front of the aerobics classes and meeting other aerobics instructors, lead to another discovery; a passion for dancing. Jason began studying dance; first Ballet, then Jazz and finally, Modern.

Jason, now a successful personal trainer and modern dancer, was introduced to the practice of massage through the grueling world of dance and fell in love with the practice. He graduated from massage school at the age of thirty and, at about the same time, discovered a holistic form of exercise called Nia. Upon reading one article about Nia in IDEA Magazine, Jason knew it was a perfect match for him and signed up to be trained as a teacher before ever having taken a Nia class. Meeting and studying with Nia co-creators, Debbie and Carlos Rosas, sent his life in another new direction. The dancing world proved frustrating to JAG, who was thrilled by the artistic expression and the opportunity to performance for audiences, but not into the lifestyle, which included a lot of smoking, eating disorders, physical exhaustion, glorification of pain and perpetual injury. Thanks to Nia, Jason was able to combine his two passions (the creative expression and the health and fitness) into the best of both worlds. As Jason puts it, "I'm so happy to have this workout technique that does such a thorough job at not only conditioning the body and nurturing its own capacity to heal itself, but is so creative, passionate and expressive."

The thing that Nia didn't provide, though, was the thrill of the performance. Despite how it may seem, being a teacher in front of a group fitness class didn't satisfy the performing bug. Teaching created a different atmosphere. But, thanks to a casual comment from a student of his, ("You should be an actor") Jason remembered that one of his earliest ambitions had been squelched and never pursued. He started studying acting with Earl Kelly at the Directors Studio in Seattle. The one-on-one training program entailed bringing real casting notices into class, and working with Mr. Kelly directly on every aspect of being an actor: deciding which parts were right, writing a submission letter, choosing a monologue, preparing and performing the audition and the call back, and, when it eventually happened, the homework required of an actor preparing to play a stage role. Mr Kelly, a retired director from New York City, taught not only the acting aspect of the work, but the function of an actor within the bigger picture of a show and the business itself. It was a brilliant program for a late-blooming actor to jump start a career. Jason, now reinvented as a Nia teacher/actor was soon auditioning and performing and has been consistently "on the boards" ever since. 

In the year 2000, once Jason realized the dreaded "Y2K" wasn't going to destroy the planet, he made the inevitable move from Seattle to New York City where he could be a small fish in one of the biggest acting ponds there is. Once firmly established in NYC, Jason spent his time mostly teaching Nia, Yoga Tune Up or Strength and Toning classes as well as training private clients. He became a member of Emerging Artists Theater, Medicine Show, and Wings Theater and joined Actors Equity, AFTRA and SAG. He mostly found great success as a commercial print model, which became his main source of support.

 

A series of life-changing events in the early part of the millennium shifted the way JAG saw the world. Shortly after witnessing the Sept 11th attacks on the WTC and navigating the resulting atmosphere of New York, both of JAG's parents suddenly died. As if that weren't enough to inspire him to reevaluate his priorities, he also took a workshop on running a fitness business. In this workshop, he was asked to imagine how his life would be once he were "a success". The surprising result of that exercise was JAG realizing that it was the act of running his business that was preventing him from enjoying a successful live. 

 

Shortly after that realization, JAG started traveling all over the country teaching his Nia work wherever he could get invited. He stepped away from the egotistical and stress-inducing world of professional acting and modeling to enjoy this new life of 'success'. He also moved back to Seattle, since he didn't need to live near the hub of the acting world anymore.

 

JAG's true passion always was and remains teaching and learning more and more about achieving and maintaining optimum health and fitness. Jason travels all over the country with his dog, River, teaching and trains in locations throughout the USA (anywhere that allows him to bring a dog into the studio). 

After several years away from acting, it was also obvious that JAG has acting in his blood. But rather than go back into the professional world of acting, he now enjoys being an amateur with no pressure to create a career in such a competitive and stressful endeavor.  These days JAG can either be seen on stage in and around the Seattle area, or driving all across the country exploring parks and beaches and bringing his dog into his fitness classes. He also has some regular Nia classes in Seattle that he teaches when he's in town.

 

Jason lives by example and strongly believes that if you do what you love, and treat everyone with respect, that everything else will take care of itself. Attitude is most of life.