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From a Drug-Infested Texas Radio Station to the Hollywood Red Carpet

Fox Latino has a good profile today of Jovanny Venegas (pictured), a 28-year-old actor and freelance TV journalist who came to LA from central Texas.

His career began very colorfully at age 15 as a DJ in the Lone Star State, working at a station where the owner was dealing drugs and once got stabbed. The bilingual go-getter’s acting career is now starting to pick up steam here in Hollywood with roles in K-11, a prison drama directed by Kristen Stewart’s mother Jules, the Fuse TV pilot The Hustle and indie drama Fifth Street.

Venegas says that as a reporter covering the red carpet, he sometimes brought relatives to the events he was covering to let them soak in the Hollywood atmosphere. At one such event, this led to a classic “mom” moment:

“After I finished my interview with Sandra Bullock, I was like ‘Where’s my mom?’ I couldn’t find her,” he recalled. Finally, he spotted her. “I was like ‘Mom, where were you?’

She said, ‘Oh I was just crying.’ She was so emotional, she was so proud, because she’s been there from day one, seeing all my struggles and everything I’ve been through. And here I was, her son, interviewing Sandra Bullock, and here’s my mom right here, watching.”

Venegas graduated from Cal State LA in 2009 with a B.A. in broadcast journalism. Read the full article here.

[Photo courtesy facebook.com/jovannyvenegas]

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