About

Who I Am

Jake Lawler is a former football player and a Broadcast Journalism Major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is passionate about storytelling and is an aspiring writer in the entertainment industry to create stories that represent a diverse group of people and situations. Jake has already written a short fiction story, a personal piece about his battle with depression, three short film screenplays, and two television pilots. During his time at UNC-CH, he was a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member and a three-time UNC Scholar-Athlete recipient. He also was a Board Member with UNC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Outside of his role as a student-athlete, Jake is a co-founder of UNCUT, a student-run multimedia organization that helps athletes express their true selves. As co-founder, Jake handled athlete relations and works as Co-creative Director. In this capacity, he wrote scripts, did voiceover work, oversaw narrative direction for all forms of content, and was the head editor for the “Clean Slate” writing pieces for UNCUT. He also likes to read and lift heavy objects from time to time. 

Expertise

Creative Writing

Jake does a combination of fiction and non-fiction writing, with topics ranging from personal essays to short stories. In addition to the pieces on this page, Jake has also written three short film screenplays and two television pilots.

Motivational Speaking

Jake is an avid public speaker and have given multiple talks about his story and his struggles with mental health. You can view these talks here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWZIDyfkmSVAehUD6NrNmuw

Experience

Co-Founder of UNCUT

2018 – 2020

In addition to co-founding UNCUT, a multimedia nonprofit with a focus on helping athletes share their authentic stories, Jake was also the Head Editor of the Clean Slate writing department and the co-content director of all forms of content on the platform: https://www.uncutchapelhill.com/

Linebacker at UNC-CH

2017 – 2020

Jake played linebacker for the Tar Heels for three years: https://goheels.com/sports/football/roster/jake-lawler/16292

Co-Founder of Inside the Film Room

2018 – Present

In addition to co-founding, Inside the Film Room, a website that deals with all things entertainment, Jake co-hosts the weekly podcast with Zach Goins: https://insidefilmroom.com/

Articles about Jake:

https://247sports.com/college/north-carolina/Article/Jake-Lawler-North-Carolina-Tar-Heels-Football-Leave-UNC-Pursue-His-Dreams-138946770/

https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2019/07/unc-football-player-jake-lawler-talks-about-short-stories

Let’s make something together.