James “Jamie” Nevins is the successful. Jamie is twenty years old, and is a very talented freshman in college. He looks a lot like
Dean Geyer and he is an open role.
“ The stage is ready for you, can’t wait another day, there is no limit, you can take it all the way.”
+ talented, charismatic, light-hearted
- arrogant, obnoxious, manipulative
Growing up in a family of five, it can be difficult to stand out. Jamie Nevins never had that problem. He’s the golden child, the performer the majority of his family aspire to be. With the dance moves, the voice and the acting skill, Jamie had everything it takes to be a star. And that’s exactly what he is. He’s got more charisma in his left elbow than most people have in their entire lives, with a knack for making an audience fall in love with his playful charm and easy going smile. He’s always been good at making people love and adore him, some might say it’s his strongest talent over all. He’s used to getting what he wants, and having any girl he pleases with a nod of his pretty head. He doesn’t spend much time with them though, he’s a man of goals, and once he reaches that goal of sleeping with her, he sees no reason in having the girl stick around.
He’s an actor after all, and he’s particularly good at appearing humble when in reality, he really isn’t. Everything comes so easily to him, girls, talent, fame, money, he’s good at it all, of course he’s noticed. The only thing he’s lacking is intelligence. It’s not that he’s dumb, he’s far from it, he just doesn’t pick it up as easily as his perfect little brother. He covers up his insecurity with doing what he does best though, taking the spot light. He can be selfish at times, not because he means to but because he genuinely forgets to think of other people’s feelings. He’s a nice guy though, at the end of the day. He doesn’t harass anyone, only taking part in some minor teasing, typically between his friends and the worst thing he’s ever done is break a few girls’ hearts. He has many people he’d consider friends, his charming comments and humor bringing in the crowds, but very few real close friends. He’s used to being on a stage, keeping people at distance, and that’s what he does in his relationships. Being emotionally close is very difficult for him, as after the harsh criticism he’s received he’s learned to put up an emotional wall so he never gets hurt.
When Jamie’s mom died, he was only eight years old. Old enough to remember her, but not nearly old enough to fully understand. At the time the only thing he could understand was all of a sudden, his mother was gone. And from what the nice men in the fancy suits said, she wasn’t coming back. From that day forward, Jamie was thrown into every aspect of musical theatre there was, his father living vicariously through him. Every day he had some lesson to go to, acting, singing, dancing, they took up his entire life. And he was damn good at it too. Soon his father was taking his precious little boy to audition after audition, scoring a few small roles in musicals here and there. When he turned seventeen, all his hard work finally paid off. He scored the lead role in a musical that ended up running a full year, forcing him to drop out of school to have time to rehearse and perform without worrying about the mountain of schoolwork he’d have when he got home. Only problem with taking a year off of school, he had to complete it at some point. So he was held back to join his younger and complete nerd of a brother Leo at Barlow.
It’s not that he doesn’t like Leo, it’s that Leo doesn’t seem to grasp that the Nevins are a family that’s born to perform, not sit and read all day. Every day it’s the same, teachers standing at the front of the class and chastising him for not completing his homework, while Leo’s done a sixteen page essay. The amount of times he’s been told to learn from Leo’s example was enough to make him go insane, and more than enough to make him believe he’s a complete idiot compared to the boy. While Leo was off doing his homework, Jamie was using that charming smile of his to pick up any girl he pleased, and he knew Leo resented him for it. No surprise there, his whole family resented him. He had the career Ollie wanted, the attention Leo craved, the level of talent Ducky needed and the opportunity Piper would never get. Jamie may have been the golden child, but more often than not he felt like the brother everyone else hated. So he makes up for it by being adored by everyone else. The only one who doesn’t seem to be getting the picture, is Leo’s best friend, Bryarly. He already knew her from when he was best friends with Tabor Howell, and he expected she would fall for his chamrs immediately. Every time he tries making a move, she gives him the cold shoulder, and he has no idea why. He’s always achieved his goals though, and having already made it to Broadway, getting her is the new top on the list. His father would want it to be scoring another lead role, but after twenty years of musical theater, Jamie is ready to say good bye and start living his own life. He could never tell his father though, it would break the man’s heart.
- Looks up to his older brother, Oliver Nevins, but knows that his older brother dislikes him for getting the opportunities that Ollie would never get. They have a pretty playful relationship despite all things and Oliver often tries to play a more fathering role in Jamie’s life that the younger boy doesn’t accept.
- Has a terribly competitive relationship with his younger brother, Leo Nevins, and is jealous of the other boy’s intelligence as well as his closeness with Bryarly Watts, seeing as how he’s taken an interest in her. They were close when they were younger and often times Jamie misses that, even though he knows he can never get it back.
- Piper Nevins is the lovely baby sister he knows is going down a wrong path that he doesn’t understand. He’s unsure how to help her, so he doesn’t try. Instead, he does what he’s good at, which is rubbing the fact that he’s got her dream in her face. Jamie does try sometimes to bond with her, but she’s gone a completely different way with her life and he can’t help but blame Ollie for making her so foreign to the family.
- Tries to help Ducky Nevins as much as he can, but constantly reminds the boy that he’s just not good enough for the business. He’s only going to be chorus line or an understudy for a long time and it’s sad that he can’t see that.
- Was best friends with Tabor Howell until he left to be on stage for a year. When he returned and learned about what Tabor had done to Bryarly Watts, he had conflicted emotions about it. Either way, Jamie has been dodging the other boy ever since he returned to Barlow.
- Spends some of his time with Talin Neill, Aven Montgomery, and Isaac Kitson
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- Has a picture of his mother in his wallet and often takes it out to look at when he’s feeling lonely or confused.
For the one who sows to his own flesh, will from the flesh reap corruption.
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