WASHINGTON - From the sheriff's office straight to Hollywood! Jim Klock is now a full time actor and filmmaker but he got his start with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office as a narcotics detective.
So how do you go from a law enforcement job in Virginia to big-screen, small-screen and everything in between? Lots of blessings and lots of hard work!
Klock began his Hollywood dream with an acting class at Northern Virginia Community College. He said his first acting teacher took notice of his work and suggested he consider acting professionally. Klock, who was working the midnight shift at the sheriff’s office at the time, laughed. "Ma'am, I'm headed to work right now. Roll call starts in 30 minutes," he recalled saying.
From there he said his acting hobby became very intense. When he was 25-years-old, he made his first trip to Los Angeles where he tried to make it as a professional actor. He didn't make it and wound up coming back and returning to work with the sheriff's office.
"That was a big point for me because there was a little bit of, 'I felt like a failure.' You learn that in the entertainment business, you learn that really success is going from failure to failure to failure - just with a great attitude."
Klock said he went back to Los Angeles and worked private security for stars like Kate Beckinsale while working as an actor on the side.
Now he owns his own production company, Code 3 Films, and has worked on productions like Scream Queens, True Detective and Interrogations Gone Wrong. He says his law enforcement background has made its way into some of his on-screen roles.
Klock still finds time for his Stafford County law enforcement roots. He is working with Sheriff David P. Decatur on Operation Lead – a program to bring the arts to underprivileged children in communities where he once worked on patrol.