BROCKTON — When Brockton-native Jean Elie stepped off the plane in Los Angeles, he had $1,000 to his name and nowhere to live. But his determination to chase his dream of becoming an actor overrode any logistical problem. Six months later, the Brockton High School and Johnson & Wales University graduate had earned entry into the coveted Screen Actors Guild, had signed with an agent, and was getting steady work in commercials. “I did background on the movie Project X and the n
The first time I met up-and-coming actor Jean Elie two years ago, I corrected him on the pronunciation of his own name. “It’s zhon! Aye-lee! It’s important!” It’s especially important when you’ve got big plans to see your name in lights. Jean moved to Los Angeles with only $1000 and an uncertain housing situation. He got a day job and within 6 months he booked work on the film Project X, a Nike commercial as a stunt double, got his SAG card, and then it was off to the races.