by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Creative Calling

student_bradford2With a passion for music and theater since childhood, Jake Bradford would say he was born into it. “My parents actually met singing, so music has always been a huge part of my life,” Jake shared. His upbringing in Vista has only further supported it. “I believe Vista is a place that is filled with the arts, which is the biggest part of my life,” he acknowledged.

A senior at Rancho Buena Vista High School, Jake appreciates the opportunities he has been afforded through his family life and location. “I’m lucky to have been brought up in a household that was so empowered and moved by music and the arts as a whole,” he said. With family support and a strong desire, Jake has worked as a professional actor across Southern California.

This summer, Jake will be making his Moonlight Stage Productions debut in The Little Mermaid. He will be joined on the stage with his brothers, Drew and Josh. Jake also volunteers for the Moonlight Cultural Foundation, helping with the events that raise money for the Moonlight Stage Productions. Jake is the first to admit, “My life is pretty consumed by theater, as anyone who knows me would tell you.”

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Name: Jake Bradford
School: Rancho Buena Vista High School
Parents: Michael and Jennifer Bradford
Hobbies: Theater arts, music, dance
Favorite Places in Vista: Moonlight Amphitheatre, Pepper Tree Frosty, Filiberto’s


student_bradford5At school, Jake serves as the president of the International Thespian Society Club. In addition to drama class, he enjoys the explorative process of English class. “English is so subjective and gives students room to explore their thoughts without being told that they’re wrong,” he explained. In the fall, Jake is headed to the University of California San Diego. He plans to major in theater and minor in education studies. “I hope to work as an actor and then eventually become a drama teacher,” Jake said.

With family support, creative inspiration, and passion, Jake has found Vista to be the perfect place to pursue his singing and acting. “Whether you’re enjoying a show at the Moonlight Amphitheatre, looking at the sculptures while walking down Main Street, or listening to live music at Lush, the creative arts are all around Vista.”