by Sherif Awad
-I was born in New York to parents from the Dominican Republic and great grandparents from Germany, Spain and Haiti. When I was about seven or eight or a little younger, my dad used to sing with his sister and mother-in-law and few others, while walking with me by Canal Street in 2011.
-When I was five, I would watch STRIKE FORCE, with Robert Stack. My dad would always say Rosemary, look at his serious character. Also, growing up, I was watching films starring Bruce Lee, Steven Seagal, Chuck Norris, Van-Dammeand TV shows like CHARLIE’S ANGELS, BIONIC WOMAN, SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, BATMAN, MIAMI VICE, KOJAK…. Singers like Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Marc Anthony influenced me.
-In 2011, I was walking in downtown’s Canal Street where I saw a casting crew. Among them, a young man asked to appear as an extra in the short film they are shooting. It was a short film called COUNTERFEIT by director Geoff Bailey. During the following years, I kept doing looking for an agent but had to stop because of a family situation. I didn’t study to be an artist. I took some music classes in Junior High School. Myself, I was born with many different talents and skills like salsa dancing and singing. Start of 2017, things changed for the better, and so I approached Central Castings agency. I also started last year writing a book.