Jimmie “J.J.” Jeter

by Terry Watson | July 16th, 2012
Jimmie “J.J.” Jeter

Jimmie “J.J.” Jeter (Photo by Still Shot Photography)

Winston-Salem, N.C., native Jimmie Jeter is a triple threat — he sings, acts, and dances. He has worked with the North Carolina Black Reparatory Company, the Kernersville Little Theater, North Forsyth High School Theater, West Side Civic Theater Company and the Community Theater of Greensboro. He is also a member of Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church. As talented and gifted as he obviously is, he confesses that his life would be nothing without the mercy and love of God, stating that he is the ultimate ruler of his life and refuses to have it any other way.

Jeter is the son of Steven and Sonya Waddell, and brother to Joi and Jasmine Jeter. “As I look back over my life, I guess all those whoopings worked,” he says. In his 18 years of life on Earth, he says there have been many challenges, but the greatest struggle he says was finding out why he truly loves God. “I’m sure most kids my age and younger can agree that we are “told” most of our lives to believe God but never really given the opportunity to genuinely experience him for ourselves,” he says. “In this past year, I have experienced God for myself and in a new light, so the challenges that I face every day are now minor because nothing really is greater than my love for Christ.”

He is a recent graduate of the 2012 high school drama program of the North Carolina School of the Arts. There, he was challenged in every aspect of his life: mentally, physically, emotionally, physiologically and spiritually. Some of his academic accomplishments include the Sharon Poindexter Citizenship Award of North Forsyth High School, Humanitarian Award – Human Relations Committee of Winston Salem, Best Male Actor- North Carolina Theater Company, Best Leading Male- North Carolina Theater Company and he is a Honor Roll student.

Not only did God give Jeter the opportunity to go to the best high school for Performing Arts, but He also opened the door for Jeter to attend the best college for Performing Arts — The Juilliard School in New York City, with his tuition paid in full through scholarships. He says his aspirations are to continuously work as an actor, whether in movies, stage plays, or television. He also desires to work professionally with Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Idris Elba and Johnny Depp. “I would also like to one day become an artistic director of a theater company,” he says.

Jeter acknowledges the fact that it takes a village to raise child. He accredits the constant support of his parents as his greatest inspiration and example for life. He also credits Bishop Sheldon McCarter and his co-pastor for being spiritual influences. He says Kelly and Molley Maxner have been tremendous jewels in his artistic development. Mable Robinson helped him start on his journey by pushing him to go further. Most importantly he says his grandmother, who passed away two years ago, has undoubtedly been a vital key to his success. “She always taught me to keep God first in all that I do.,” he says.

“My relationship with God is the only thing that keeps me sane in this crazy industry. It has taught me to love, love , love, and love some more,” says Jeter. Life hasn’t always been simple for him. There have been times when he was lost. Now he professes that if God can turn my life completely around, I know he can do it for anyone. “No one is too young to love Christ and have a real relationship — know him for yourself,” he says.

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