Jacob Balken is an up-and-coming filmmaker, photographer, and scare actor from Simi Valley, California. For as long as he could remember, he loved using a camera, and Halloween was his favorite holiday. In middle school, he took his first Video Production class and worked in a local haunted house. It was at this point that he found his passions and knew what he wanted to do later in life. He graduated from Santa Susana High School with a focus in TV and the Art of Film and the California Biliteracy Seal in Spanish in June of 2020.
Now, Jacob spends most of his time in school; currently acquiring his transfer degree to go to CSUN to study Business and Marketing with a Minor in Film Production. He hopes to get into Entertainment business/marketing after college. Besides being a full-time college student, he also takes up clients and businesses who want their photos and videos looking their best! Come the fall season, he also works at Reign of Terror in Thousand Oaks, California. Jacob was also granted the opportunity to perform as his own characters in the scare zones for the first year of Valley Fright Nights in Woodland Hills.
Brxndoo Clothing - August 2020 to Present
Approached by musician Brxndoo to photograph his clothing line Brxndoo Clothing and create short form video content for Spotify Loops.
Reign of Terror Haunted House - August 2021 to Present
Cast as a seasonal Scare Actor for Reign of Terror Haunted House.
Fall 2021 and 2022 Role: "Shane", in the section "InbRed".
Did cinematography for the haunted house's marketing videos for the 2022 season and beyond.
Tennis System Concert - December 2021
Filmed a live show for shoegaze punk band Tennis System with a two camera set up.
Claire's Place Social Media Editor - May 2023 to Present
Working with non-profit foundation Claire's Place to create content aimed at their social media channels and their audiences.