Born to French Canadian and Native American parents in Lewiston, Maine, Jake started out as a touring teenage magician at age 14 to earn income. He was scouted by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2001. He moved to France by himself at age 15 to further his education. His younger brother died a year later following a long struggle with leukemia, setting Jake’s life on a course of service to others.
At 21, Jake became the youngest late night TV star in broadcast history when The Edge with Jake Sasseville (2007-2008) launched afterJimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC.
At 23, he starred in and produced his second late night talk show, Late Night Republic starring Jake Sasseville (2009-2011), which ran for two years on Fox and CW television stations.
Delusions of Grandeur (2012-2013), Sasseville’s loosely scripted sitcom based on his life which he produced, co-wrote, co-directed and starred was initially contracted by ABC Family in 2012. After being cancelled abruptly by the Disney-network, Delusions became a web-series, jumping to 250,000 viewers an episode.
By his mid-20s, Jake had studied with the world’s leading influencers, businesspeople, entrepreneurs and scientists and became focused on sharing his insights of science, sales, spirituality, metaphysics, entrepreneurship and marketing with audiences worldwide. He’s spent his personal and professional life on the front lines, breaking down cultural and business barriers and encouraging others to see themselves as global citizens here to serve one another.
In addition to TV, Jake co-founded and executive produces music tours, featuring acts such as J. Cole, One Republic, Kanye West, Fabolousand Guster. His first book, Slightly Famous, was published in 2012. He’s appeared on Chelsea Lately, NPR, Z100, Fox, ABC News, NBC and has written for Huffington Post and Elite Daily. Additionally, he has been spokesperson for or endorsed Overstock.com, Denny’s, State Farm,Southwest Airlines, Ford Motor Company, Invisalign and Coca-Cola.
An electric and inspirational speaker, Jake’s most popular presentations are centered around the nuances of “success” and “failure” (and how to get more out of both), how to cultivate a DIY lifestyle that serves you and the world. He discusses how being the CEO of your own life (even if you’re not an entrepreneur) can make your life more meaningful, how to overcome fears and doubt, how to build wealth and rapport as well as the keys of sales, influence and persuasive communication.
Jake’s inter-generational appeal has been sought out by television and advertising conferences (NATPE, Doner Advertising, yPulse Convention), to United Nations events (World Food Program and FORGE).
University of Denver, University of Florida and he has guest taught at Yale and Columbia. He’s keynoted at non-profit organizations (Bono’s ONE, RED, Public Relations Society of America, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital). His personal network transcends all industries — from the front lines of tech, media, self-help, advertising, finance, Hollywood and philanthropy — and he regularly brings his learnings and information back to the audiences he speaks with.
Jake lives on Maui, out on the edge of the crater, right by Oprah. He imagines his dog will be named Plato.
Watch Jake at the The David Letterman Lecture Series