"Janis...is outstanding, being whimsical and mimetic, fantastic and realistic."
– Louis Black
"I don't give praise often but your performance in 'Vicky and Sam' was truly wonderful and you should get an award for it. I really enjoyed it, which I think I've told the whole world now."
-- Steve Weiss
Jolyn Janis grew up on the beaches of Maryland, ventured far and wide and landed most recently in Austin, TX, which she affectionately calls her “homebase”. Her travels have led her into desert adventures in the Middle East, scuba diving in South America and leading adventure travel groups for teenagers in backcountry California. An artist interested in all trades, she studied Design at NCSU, deeply exploring photography, graphic design and furniture design and build. This is also where she had her first on-stage performance and the acting seed was planted.
Jolyn currently explores all aspects of filmmaking including producing, and acting (her first love). She has been in numerous feature films, shorts and television shows including the Lead in the feature film "Far Marfa" (Lone Star Film Festival), the Lead in “Vicky & Sam” (awarded at over 60 film festivals internationally), a Guest Star appearance in ABC’s “My Generation” and a Supporting role in “Happy Voodoo” (Tribeca Film Festival).
See IMDB for a project listing.
"Jolyn Janis impressed me after the first minute. Through the superb capability of character development and the empathy she can get on camera, she is a must for any director"
-- Nuno Rocha