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Interview With “WIT’S Academy” Star Jailen Bates! (@JailenBates)

We recently had the chance to chat with “WIT’s Academy” star Jailen Bates about being apart of the Nickelodeon family, playing his character, upcoming projects, and more!

  1. What was your experience like on “WIT’s Academy”?

My experience on WIT’s Academy was awesome and inspiring. I was surrounded by incredible actors and actresses which challenged me everyday to work harder onset to pursue and live out my dream to be an actor.

2. Who did you play?

I played Ben a young wizard in training. Ben is a very nerdy and insecure character that really pulls through for his team when they need him. I really had an amazing time playing this character.

3. What do you think made the show stand out from other Nickelodeon shows?

The show was a spinoff “dramedy” that focused on competition. There are not a lot of shows that  combine the drama and comedy aspect along with the competition. It’s a unique combination.

4. What was your favorite part about working on the show?

My favorite part was working with all of my castmates. We were able to develop friendships and connect on a daily basis. I have friendships with those guys that will last forever.

5. What is a fun fact you can share with us?

One fun fact is that on the last episode of the show the crew actually brought in a real Ferris wheel that we were able to ride. That was by far my favorite episode to film.

6. Did you hang out with the cast when you’re were not filming?

The show actually filmed In Miami, so we hung out pretty much every day  at the hotel pool and arcade. We were always hanging out doing something.

7. How was the project different from others you’ve worked on?

We filmed a lot of the show on location in the hot Miami heat. I’ve never been on a show that was filmed outside in that kind of extreme heat. It was amazingly fun!

8. Are you currently working on anything else you’d like to share with us?

I’m currently working on my YouTube channel DJ MIXTIPS along with Andrew Ortega. We dive into the latest things and topics trending around the world. I am also working on a new pilot for a show called Real Kids of Hollywood.

9. What was the most fun thing you did this summer?

The most fun thing I did this summer was probably going to Indianapolis to visit my family. We had so much fun getting together and hanging out!

10. What are your social media accounts?

My social media accounts are:

Facebook: @jailenjabates

Instagram: @jailenbates

Twitter: @jailenbates

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