By Yakira Delgadillo
Jeff Meacham, known for his role in the hit television series Black-ish, shared his secret to laughter in his professional and personal life. In an industry where image, personality and getting categorized into a “type” is much to common, Meacham stays true to himself in his line of work.
“I’ve always tried to be as much as I can without letting egos or the business affect things.”
A lot of who Meacham is as a person has to do with laughter. “People really enjoy my humor. My whole goal in life is to make people laugh, smile, and have a good time.”
His parents instilled happiness in him, “As long as the people around you are happy and you make them happy, there’s no better way to live your life. I’ve always been that way.”
What was instilled in him continues to shape him as person and in the characters he plays. He has fun with his personality and lets that roll over to the characters her brings onto the screen.
“Somebody once best described me as a likeable douchebag. I definitely am at the core but I do have a cheesy side. For the most part people like me and I have a likeable side in the kind of way.”
“Take your best abilities and use them to your advantage in this business. When you audition, making it so that I know this kind of guy I can play better than 90 percent of the guys out there. This is my forté, this is what I can do. This is what I know I am really good at.”
What is most important to him is to embrace all his strengths, weakness and flaws, and use them as a tools to become memorable in the audition room.
“I keep myself open to criticism. I don't mind being self deprecating and I allow people to make fun of my shortcomings or my faults. I'm okay with that and embrace that. That's where the likeable, loveable douchey guy comes from. I don't mind taking the punches.”
Meacham brought his signature character to life in series such as “Ugly betty,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
“That kind of guy has shown up in the characters. It has lead me to where I am today.” At the end of the day happiness has contributed to Meacham's personal and professional achievements. He lives by a quote that keeps him grounded to his purpose in life.
“Be so happy that other people around you become happy too.”
“I love that. I have lived my life as best as I could that way,” Meacham said.