JIM AUGUSTINE is a New York City based media entrepreneur whose career spans theater, film, publishing, social media and business consulting. Jim has dedicated himself to developing works for the page, stage and screen through his newest venture, METAMOBILIX. Jim’s most recent works have included CLUB 86 (2011), a pilot for television; ANGEL (2012), a short film; JAC & SWALLOW, an evolving musical experience starring vocal powerhouses Jac Huberman (BROADWAY IDOL) and Emily Swallow (THE MENTALIST); and CLUB 86 DOCUMENTARY (2014), a short film. Through METAMOBILIX Jim is also developing TIMELESS GAY ICON, a musical; BURN, a new play; THE UNWEDDING, a feature film; and illustrated content for children including BEST FOR BUNNY (2013) and PHYLLIS THE PINK ELEPHANT (2014). In addition, Jim consults for four-time Tony Award winning producer Hal Luftig (ANGELS IN AMERICA, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, KINKY BOOTS), helping his company to manage the ongoing successes of Broadway’s KINKY BOOTS, the national tour of EVITA, and the upcoming Broadway musical THE LAST GOODBYE.
What is the best advice you ever received?
“We must practice bravery.” Making art is scary. Actually, it’s just the scariest. And that is totally ok. It’s something we get better at the more we do it. There is no bravery without fear. If you’re sufficiently terrified, it means you’re on the right track. You are making something that is truly important to you.
Any advice on getting that first job out of college?
So much of the art world is about connections. Try to start making those connections in college. If you have the freedom to participate in an unpaid internship, that is a great time to build a really valuable network. And keep that network healthy! I know it sounds silly, but write people an email or get a cup of coffee every once in a while. Staying on people’s radar is crucially important.
Something you just got to read, see, listen to, etc.