Jake Downs, Auctioneer – auctionWORKS. NAC Winner 2016.
Jake Downs was an actor and had just started some training with auctionWORKS when it was suggested that he enter NAC.
Downs says he was told there was no better way to break into being an auctioneer than to win the NAC.
Before the competition, he hadn’t called a real auction but after taking out his heat he put in some serious practice.
“After the heat, I began calling. By the time of the NAC Finals, I think I had called six auctions,” he says.
Downs describes the competition as a “lot of fun” and a way of building confidence.
“It was nerve-wracking to put yourself out there and compete, but the accomplishment of finishing was worth it.
“The NAC gave me the confidence to contact clients as their potential auctioneer, the confidence to be able to call myself an auctioneer.”
Downs works as an auctioneer at auctionWORKS but still does acting and voice-over work for radio and TV commercials – recently appearing in an ‘El Maco’ ad for McDonalds!