Interview with JADE HASSOUNÉ | Thinking JOY
We all want to experience abundance in all aspects of our life. We put ourselves into hard work and forced actions seeking for the life we consider is best, wishing to physically experience what we want in order to feel happiness and joy. This way, we condition our innate well-being with what is happening around us. What if what we call reality it’s a just a projection of our inner world? Then maybe, we will appreciate not only those events that seem nice to us, but also those that are not, serving us as an indication of what believes about ourselves we could improve. We will become aware that the means to a more prosperous living does not only depend on mere actions, but also on the importance of how we feel during the process. And ultimately, aiming to feel good, feels really good.
So, why do we really want to experience success and attain the things we desire?
Actor Jade Hassouné says: “I wanted to realize my dream so I could feel joy, but what I was really after was Joy itself!” This talented young artist, who can be seen as Meliorn on Freeform TV series Shadowhunters, is constantly expanding his awareness of how to live a joyful life. He uses his emotional reality as a guide to allow the path towards his dreams to unfold in front of him.
This interview with Jade will take you on an inspiring journey through his joyful way of thinking, and much more…
- Please introduce yourself briefly. Who, in your own words, is Jade Hassouné?
Hello! Jade is a human being who came to this Planet to follow his love of art and life and who is chasing the feeling of joy and the art of manifesting all our dreams.
- How does being a Lebanon-born Canadian connected to these two cultures shaped your self-identity?
It actually shaped me in a way where I don’t identify with a specific culture necessarily, but with being a Being on this Planet. Part of a Universe. I definitely have a Montreal-ness about me though, which is very specific!
- What was your thought process in manifesting the dream of acting into your physical reality?
OMG. This question is perfectly worded. The process was understanding that once the dream was launched when I was about ten years old, then it was just about following the feeling of joy that the dream produced, and less about trying to ‘think’ myself into it. A lot of thinking for sure, but the guidance comes from the feeling, and the impulses those feelings provide. The thoughts come after.
- Being part of the entertainment industry gives you a lot of exposure and the possibility to connect with people. How do you use the entertainment industry as a platform to share with your audience what you believe is good?
I’ve been sharing it through my interviews and through my social media. And I feel like my energy alone comes through the characters I play and the projects I am part of. I’m about to launch a Patreon page where I will build a community and start interacting with everyone on a level beyond social media. I envision to collaborate with the fans by hearing what they have to say about certain ideas on art projects and even having them create art that will be featured in my music videos and sold as merchandise to give them a platform to launch their artistic career as well. The Patreon page comes in as an addition to my music EP. I’ve created a behind-the-scenes series of producing the music and the whole process of transitioning from actor to musician. There will also be online meet-and-greets which will evolve into concerts/meet-and-greet art events around the world depending on where the fans decide. And a lot more. Stay tuned!
- Acting has allowed you to step into many different characters of different backgrounds, ethnicities, sexualities, and genders. Did embodying these different personalities make you more open-minded and accepting?
Absolutely, every character teaches me something and I have to find a way to love them. Luckily I am pretty open and accepting myself (smiling), and I am also not a “normal” human so I’ve had a different perspective and an openness by default!
- Meliorn is the character you play on Freeform TV series Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments. How was your experience of becoming Meliorn?
It came after years of dreaming about playing an elf-like faerie character so I jumped on that! I’ve been ready! Then reading the books it was obvious to me how Meliorn should be, as he is described very well and the way he speaks is clear enough to understand his thought process. I went with my intuition as well as researched everything I could find about him online. And there was a lot!
- Have you discovered anything new about yourself through this character?
I have discovered how fun language can be when it is used to play around and dance around the truth. Speaking in riddles is so fun.
- What about Shadowhunters and Meliorn do you think the audience finds exciting?
I think everyone enjoys a good elven faerie knight time. We always are left wanting more because they are so elusive. The fact that they are a mysterious, ancient species who live practically forever makes it so cool and intriguing. We want to know how they live day-to-day. They don’t say much so you always want to figure out what’s going on in their heads.
- The season finale of Shadowhunters is currently airing. How does it feel to be closing this chapter of your career and what do you expect to come next?
It feels so exciting and loving and I am so proud of everything we have all built together. What we’ve built is not going anywhere and can only grow from here. I am so excited for my music to be launched into the world and for the fans and me to become collaborators and create some cool events and art projects and I have a few acting jobs I’ve shot already that will be out any day now. I am sure great things are to come and the most exciting of all is music for me!
- What does it mean to you sharing the set with all your fellow actors on Shadowhunters throughout all seasons?
I love them very much and some have become true family and life-long friends. I have been blessed to meet these beautiful people. We have such fun and why should it stop.
- Other of your passions is music. How do your two callings, acting and music, complement each other?
They are fueled by the same fire. But music moves even more and has a whole other emotional level attached to it. I am definitely pulling from my acting experience to create a persona that is J4DE because he will be his own character in a way. Especially when I shoot music videos!
- You are currently writing an EP entitled Love Letter to a Fandom under the name J4DE. What is the inspiration behind your musical persona and this EP?
The inspiration is keeping this bond with the fans alive and to say thank you and give back and to all move to a new era together. J4DE is the artist I want to be that cannot necessarily exist when I am in the acting world, where things need to be a little more bland and neutral so that a character is birthed. With J4DE, I can wear the art-fashion I want, my hair can be any color, I can create whatever I want and sing and dance and celebrate life and express my feelings, instead of someone else’s story. I choose that!
- Aside from your acting and music careers, you are also a cartoonist. Does this artistic expression in any way allows you to explore your authentic self and vice-versa?
Yes! Also like I was just saying, when I draw something, there are no filters between the expression and me. It comes onto the page from my heart and mind. I am not serving anyone else’s agenda or selling anything other than what I’ve created. That’s why I love when my friends create their own series or films. It came straight from them and isn’t filtered through tons of people who don’t have the art at heart, and so the work is a lot better in my opinion.
- Are you involved in any charity organization or humanitarian cause you would like to mention?
I have yet to find one I fully trust. But I do everything I can to connect human to human in a loving way with everyone I meet.
- The spirit of The Hedonist Magazine is The Essence of a Joyful Living. How does Joy during the creative process affect your own experience and in consequence the final manifestation of your actions?
You are speaking my language. My destiny has been: How can I manifest joy? What is it that I am after other than joy? I wanted to realize my dream so I could feel joy, but what I was really after was Joy itself! So I try to stay in alignment by meditating every day and staying in touch with my inner being that IS joy. Of course, life happens and I experience contrast and sadness at times but I understand that in those moments, I have grown into a more joyful being, and all I have to do is reach in that direction.
- When you hear: “You can be, do and have anything you want,” words from the Abraham-Hicks teachings, what is your take on such a statement?
I listen to Abraham EVERY SINGLE DAY. Do I need to say more? YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES! I had a feeling it was going in that direction and there you have it!!!! And I only just noticed this quote at the top of the page this instant Aha!!! So much love for you all, thank you for your time!