Jack Jackson, rancher, actor, and co-owner of Stage Stop Productions is a busy young man these days. His triple-tier workload is driven by a real passion for the the film industry and for the land and people of New Mexico.
He grew up ranching in the Land of Enchantment, and today lives and works on his Agua Negra Ranch, near Santa Rosa. Ranch life set the pattern for an active outdoor lifestyle that he continues today. It also taught Jack to value teamwork. This was reinforced at Santa Rosa High School, where he ran track, played basketball, and was a member of the school’s State Champion football team.
After high school Jack attended NMSU and New Mexico Highlands University. He graduated from UNM with a degree in English Literature and Journalism, with substantial coursework in business.
Jack’s rich variety of experience has contributed greatly to his respect and understanding for the people and the land of New Mexico. In addition to ranch work, Jack has worked as a writer for the Albuquerque Tribune, as a construction worker, as a camera and lighting technician for the KOB4’s Good Day New Mexico, and as an intern for former Lieutenant Governor, Diane Denish.
These days, Jack is still working on the Agua Negra ranch, parenting his young son, and building his contribution to the New Mexico Film Industry on both sides of the camera.
In front of the camera, Jack has worked on several productions including, Hostiles, Monsters of God, Soldado, Godless, and Only the Brave. He continues to develop his acting skills by taking classes with seasoned veterans like Stephen Burhoe and Lora Cunningham. He is represented by Lynette O’Connor of the SAG-AFTRA franchised O’Agency and talent manager Christa Valdez.
Jack’s work behind the camera is focused on developing Stage Stop Productions. The LLC, a partnership with Nick Ward and Tad Jones, is named for the main house at Agua Negra ranch, which was a stage stop on the Santa Fe trail in 1843.
Headshots by Lora Cunningham, Screenshot – regional medical commercial
Stage Stop Productions Ranch Photos
Stage Stop has a multiple independent productions slated for 2018, but the outfit is also a vehicle for promoting the scenic Agua Negra and Santa Rosa area as a filming location for larger productions. In the role of location developer, Jack is working to organize local assets and local businesses so that their access is an easy turnkey experience for visiting production companies. Jack is especially keen on helping local cowboys and horse people get into riding and wrangling for the movies.
Jack’s passion for New Mexico and working in the film industry is evident in his words, “I believe with anything in life you find a balance. Never try to force something but be ready to tackle any opportunity and pursue your passion and your dream. My dream is to act in and create great films. I want New Mexico, my home that I love, to rise and be a major go to for Hollywood to consider for great filmmaking.”