“Bringing my stories and vision to life.” – JB Burrage
I can write my own biographies just fine. I just prefer not to, because it’s a little cliché and self-absorbed; at least to me. Besides, I usually never know what to say about myself without trying to sound like I’m gloating. For that reason, I usually write my bio outline and have it edited by someone who knows and understands me and my accomplishments. There you have it; you know one of my secrets.
I’m an ordinary guy with a big vision and an even bigger ambition. I’m from a small town, but I always had big city dreams. I’m quiet, but I talk. I’m reserved, but I know how to keep company. With my passion for theater, I’m more of a fan of the theater of the absurd than the Tyler Perry-like productions (Nothing against Tyler Perry because I respect him tremendously, but I’m no Tyler Perry, nor do I want to be called the next Tyler Perry).
I have a serious demeanor, but I have a sense of humor. With that in mind, I can be silly, with a dry style of humor that you’ll have no choice but to love and respect. When I’m passionate about something, I go hard for it. If I’m not passionate about it, I simply detach myself from it and let it go rather than have it drain me.
I’ve done a lot of things in my short life, so much that either I can’t fit in this bio that you will find below. I also have things about me that I’m taking to my grave. Regardless of what I’ve done, both personally or professionally, the writing business is something that I can’t step away from. It’s part of my DNA. It has changed a lot since I first made it as my serious business, but that’s expected with anything; with any business. But the fundamental concepts and goals of writing still exist and that’s what I use, no matter what the new generation say how things should be done.
And now my bio…
JB Burrage is somewhat of a renaissance man, seeking to contribute his own unique, and sometimes experimental style of work into the literary and entertainment world. Though a very private man with his personal and professional life, JB Burrage has been writing in some form for years; longer than some of the more established writers of today.
Known for writing stories with three-dimensional characters that are easily relatable, JB Burrage doesn’t limit himself to a single genre. Instead, he writes as he is impressed; whenever motivated. No holds barred regarding genre; rather, he prefers to express himself through several types of written art, including stage plays and short stories. For this reason, he prefers to be looked upon as a creative writer rather than simply an author or playwright.
Born Jacob Burrage in Jackson, Mississippi, he grew up in Meridian, Mississippi. At age 10, JB Burrage began writing as a way of expressing his thoughts, as he was more reserved. During that time, he wrote short scripts that were performed in his elementary and middle school classes. In 1999, after his high school graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served from 1999 until 2010 and was assigned to various parts of the United States and overseas.
After he left the military, he relocated to Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he remained until the second half of 2014. During this time, he began his pursuit of business studies and began working towards a degree at New Mexico State University—Dona Ana Community College in early 2012. Later in 2012, he began a brief stint as a real estate agent. In May of 2014, he received an Associate’s Degree in Business Management.
JB Burrage began taking classes with People TV, Atlanta’s cable access channel, in 2015 in an effort to expand his skills and explore an alternate avenue to experiment with his work and became a certified producer. By becoming a certified producer, he’s now in a position to produce content for the network, which he intends to use to further expand his outreach and make his work more marketable.
In April 2017, he decided to take things a step further by announcing to the world his diagnosis of bipolar disorder and creating The Black Box Room blog. Originally conceived to showcase Atlanta entertainment professionals, especially in the theater world (hence the use of the term “black box“; an experimental style of theater), he decided to use it to expose things and situations about him that many people never knew; in an attempt to battle the stigma of mental illness and encourage people to address the issue head-on. In addition to this, he’s using the blog to showcase his short stories that he will continue to write, as well as general topics that he sometimes wants to discuss.
Presently, JB Burrage continues to work behind the scenes to develop trailblazing projects. Now busier than ever, he is working to expand his footprints in the literary and entertainment world and thus launching his career to new heights. He seeks to acquire strategic and long-lasting relationships within the industry, as he feels it’s important for the development and advancement of all industry professionals’ talents and businesses. Never satisfied with his present accomplishments, he continues to develop new concepts and ideas for print and production, as well as looking into creative and experimental means to convey these various ideas to the world.
When he’s not working or studying, he spends time with family and friends between Atlanta and Meridian. Some of his hobbies include sitting outdoors at night to watch the stars, listening to music, and playing chess and checkers.