Jackson Harrington is a young actor and comedian with a larger-than-life personality.
“At a very young age, I always knew acting and performing was the thing that I was put on this earth to do,” he said.
He faithfully chased that dream all the way into higher education where he earned a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. It was meant to be the start of his career; a foundation that would serve as a springboard to a future in professional theater.
But, like many, he found his path derailed by the pandemic in 2020. As the world came to a halt, so did the acting opportunities. Yet instead of giving up, Harrington switched gears. Moving from New York back to Boston where his family lived, he focused on building a Twitch channel where he could harness his talents in a new way.
Skootish Takes the Digital Stage on Twitch
Harrington invested serious research into how he could grow his Twitch channel. He created a steady schedule and crafted a unique persona that he believed would capture an audience – and he wasn’t wrong. With his efforts came steady growth as he saw his consecutive viewers rise from an average of nine per stream to as high as 50 to 60 consecutive viewers per stream.
Beyond consistency and character, Harrington attributes his success to his viewers’ experience.
“It’s all about… creating an environment where everyone around you feels as though they were in the same room as you and you could pass the control over them and they can take control of whatever game you’re playing right now,” he said.
When forced to boil down that environment to one word, Harrington describes it as “loud.”
“I have always been loud,” he explained. “I’ve always been high energy. I’ve always been willing to jump in the air and dance and let my freak flag fly.”
As a boisterous entertainer with a knack for improvised comedy, Harrington naturally draws in a crowd. His community totes their “skootie” flag with pride as they actively engage with him – and often play games with him – throughout the stream.
“Everyone in my community and in the neighboring communities know me as someone who is loud, rambunctious and loves a good joke, even if it’s at my expense,” he said. “We like to laugh together. We like to smile.”
Giggle and Give During Skootish’s Charity Stream on July 10
Recently, Harrington received an invitation to do a charity stream in support of Dreamscape Foundation. As he learned about our non-profit’s efforts to make the world more accessible to the disabled community, he felt compelled to support it.
“I was a camp counselor for a very long time,” he said. “I had kids that would have benefited a lot from Dreamscape’s mission and I wish I could have provided that help to them then. [To be able to] provide that help to them now is, I think, very powerful and a very wonderful thing that I can do.”
Starting at 12pm EST on Saturday, July 10, Harrington will hold a marathon playthrough of Kingdom Hearts RE: Chain of Memories from start to finish via his Twitch channel. During that time, he will offer various incentives to give, giggle, and earn cool prizes. You can donate to our fundraiser on Tiltify here. All proceeds will go to Dreamscape Foundation to support its mission.« PreviousNext »