Industrythreat is an artist, an Iraqi-Afghanistan U.S.M.C veteran with a combat action ribbon and also happens to be a real estate agent for Keller Williams. We recently caught up with Jeffery Acoff AKA “Industrythreat”, (whose name is based on his life experiences and ability to shift through different parts of the industry that present the threat). He also plays Tupac in 3 episodes of the new series ‘Death Row Chronicles’ on BET. Here is what he had to share with the readers:
When did you first get into the entertainment business?
The best way to answer this was the first time I began taking acting seriously it had to be back in 2013. In 2013 I attended and completed The New York Film Academy one year acting program, a very expensive school but a good thing I had B (Basic) A (Allowance) H (Housing) (BAH) to pay for my living expenses through the Montgomery G.I bill. It went from a hobby to art, work and actually enjoying being a different person, in a different occupation and city.
Was there anything in particular that inspired you to get into this business?
I met a young lady a while back who was a well-known model who suggested I should look into modeling. Initially I felt too hardcore for that and started acting. Plus I was one of those viewers who “thinks he can do it better himself,” definitely difficult work! I gained a new respect and perspective toward acting at that point.
What would you say is one of the biggest achievements/highlights of your career so far?
Playing Tupac early in my career was an honor. It wasn’t a Grammy performance or platform -nevertheless just portraying an icon in the urban community as well as others during this period and modern age is crazy. Then it takes work which is fun, going back viewing Tupac videos, movement, footage and interviews. I looked at everything that’s on the internet and even some movies. People are going to judge you quick about who looks like Tupac and other things but industrythreat is an artist not a Tupac lookalike! There are two sides to view the whole thing overall and it felt real! The scene at Quad Studios as well as the reeactment in Vegas.
What has been your favorite role or production to be a part of?
My favorite production out of everything I have done was a Nike shoot playing against Chris Paul. The video is LOTG: Chris Paul. The food was very good and that’s another part of acting I enjoy -the food and craft services! One of my most exciting achievements was playing against Chris Paul for his shoe commercial playing continuously in foot lockers, playing a President of a country for a project and it’s a given, definitely Tupac for The Death Row Chronicles. My thing is playing a different type of character and not generally, one type. My personality is very diverse and has different sides. I adjust well.
What other projects do you have coming up?
My two personal projects that I have been writing will be on various platforms. Also a feature film-style script which I will be starring in as well. There are a couple of other projects down the line but not confirmed yet. It’s a good start so far, but of course, I’m developing more content. I would like to do more!
Who would you most like to work with?
Right now I want to be on ‘Power’ the 50 Cent series. I feel my talent and natural ability would be a great asset to the Power series. A couple of movies with Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Ethan Hawke, Meagan Good. There’s more but just to name a few people -anybody that’s a strong actor. I take everything competitively in a professional manner of course!
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future is to become an A-list actor as well as assisting those in need. Of course, I enjoy creating art but also making a difference to others that aren’t as fortunate. My legacy is more than just being an artist but an icon! I’ll be working on that.
What’s your best piece of advice for aspiring artists?
My advice for aspiring actors is to really love acting and have a purpose, different from just the income. There’s money to be made but passion transfers best on film. If you are serious, then invest in yourself and have savings, take classes and meet people. Another thing is to have range and stay being an individual. It will pay off in the long run! Also be honest with yourself and your performances.