Jack Corbin The Cove’s Boy Wonder: Young, Restless and Almost Famous By Jean Daniels and Ann Balderston-Glynn
You never want your child to break a leg, that is, unless he’s walking on to the stage.
Cove kid Jack Corbin, at 14, is an actor, singer, musician, model and dancer. Jack practically came out of the womb a natural for the bright lights. As a baby he had the kind of endearing dimples that make even the most industry-hardened directors coo, ooh and aah. He’s grown into his dimples, big brown eyes, lovable-kid swagger and burgeoning talent that continue to impress photographers, casting directors, and more recently, music producers. Jack’s mother Bari relays a funny quip that gives subtext to Jack’s personality. “When he was three weeks old he never napped. The doctor told me nothing was wrong, he’s just going to be ‘type A.’ Today, he’s his own unique person and refuses to fit into anyone else’s mold.”
Jack’s been in the entertainment business since he was three months old. “Every parent thinks their child’s cute, and everyone else tells you your child’s cute,” says Bari. “You instantly wonder if he (or she) is model material.” The Corbins, both Bari and husband Bruce, put Jack in front of agents and he quickly landed a contract with GenerationTV, appearing in ad campaigns for national brands such as Osh Kosh, Gap Kids and Macy’s, to magazine covers like Vogue Bambini. As a toddler, Jack grew up on photo shoot sets, so it seemed intuitive as he got older that he should take the leap into acting. He did, with enthusiasm, determination and dedication landing roles in NBC/Universal’s Mr. Robot, HBO’s How to Make It In America and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He continued to bolster his resume with commercials for networks such as Nickelodeon in addition to being cast for short films and off–Broadway stage productions, eventually earning his SAG-AFTRA card. Jack is now focusing efforts on honing his vocals and musical interests with guitar, drums, keyboard and a little piano. He attends School of Rock in New York City and recently took the stage, with his band, for a two-hour tribute concert performing Beatles covers at Brooklyn’s hip venue, the Knitting Factory. His Julliard alum vocal teacher is nudging him to sing classical, but it’s not going over in any kid-friendly way. “I don’t really like it. It’s not a music genre I would be interested in, but I get that it helps my training,” says Jack. He recently performed cabaret at The West End in NYC, a genre he does enjoy. “Not only did I get to perform with one of my very best friends,” exclaims Jack, “But, I also got to play a new guitar riff with ‘Just Breathe’ by Pearl Jam.” Jack recently won the American Protégé Vocal Competition, and will perform this month at the Summer Gala at Stern, Carnegie Hall singing “Beautiful City” from the musical Godspell. He also has a demo project in the works with Sony Music. Once the song is written, he’ll be in the studio recording for an eventual iTunes, Spotify and radio-ready soft release.
The parent of a child actor is the point person in the professional world, in addition to the already-staggering duties of parenting in general. The Corbin’s youngest son Luke is talented in his own right but has no real interest following in his brother’s footsteps, which helps to dial down the crazy. Daily shuttling into the city is a full-time job. “You constantly check your phone for emails or texts from agents and managers,” says Bari. Then there’s the “stage mother” label that comes with the job. However, agents will be the first to affirm that there must be a strong bond between the parent and child in order to advocate and navigate within the industry. The label should be worn as a badge of honor rather than perceived as a negative stereotype. For Bari and Jack, the bond is tight. They support one another on long days that might include traveling back and forth to lessons and auditions three and four times in a day, and running lines in between.
Jack is home-schooled taking classes from the accredited, private online Laurel Springs School. If Jack is type A?—He’s type “straight A” student, carrying a 96 average in his regular classes and 99 in Honors and AP classes. “It’s hard work. He puts more hours into home schooling than he would if he went to public school, but, it’s what he wants to do to create his own schedule and make time for his pursuits,” explains Bari. In Jack’s downtime he games or skypes with friends, plays his instruments and has just begun writing his own music. And, as an accomplished skier, he enjoys family trips to European ski destinations. In the future Jack sees himself city bound, “I know I want to attend NYU and get my own apartment nearby.” As for his future in entertainment, “I still see myself as a performer in front of live audiences.”
Jack is truly a boy wonder. With his vast experience, it’s easy to forget he’s only 14. Not yet a household name, but almost famous. Keep an eye out for Jack Corbin—his star is on the rise with a great shot at walking the walk…of fame.