By Taroue Brooks
How did you get into the entertainment industry?
I’ve always been an entertainer, but my real introduction to the industry was in 2000. I joined up with a boyband and traveled around for almost 5 years putting on shows. After that ended I was lucky enough to attend a competition called IMTA and got scouted by a few agents and managers. A couple years later I moved to LA and started the grind.
How do you manage the high level of competition as an actor?
Creativity isn’t a competitive sport. Contrary to what you might think, actors are extremely positive and uplifting to each other. We’re all in this together for the love of the craft, so there’s not too much outward competition.
What has been your favorite role and why?
Oh, I haven’t worked long enough to have a favorite yet. I love every single part that I’ve been blessed to have.
What role do you desire to play and why?
A bad guy for sure. I gravitate towards the villain role. They seem to be where the most flexibility and room to play are. I’m usually up for the” funny guy” roles, so it’d be nice to step outside of the typical parts.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being in the entertainment industry?
The most challenging part is keeping up momentum. Things slow down and in this business you’re not in control of the opportunities going around. Hearing about projects that you never get a chance to go in for can be disheartening at times. And it’s a very difficult task to keep the momentum, with only so many projects.
When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy creating new TV show and film ideas. I got into the business so I could create shows and movies. I spend my time writing or pitching new concepts.
What else can people look forward to seeing you doing in the future?
My hope is that in the near future people will notice my name after “Directed by:”. I’ve moved more towards writing and directing over the last couple of years. There’s a big space in black entertainment that’s lacking, and I’d like to fill it with great content.
What are your thoughts on the 2020 Presidential election?
Bernie Sanders 2020
What advice do you have for young people who aspires to be in the entertainment industry?
Learn every aspect of the business. Not just in front of the camera but also behind. Learn the ins and outs of the business and it’ll make you a better all-around performer.
Travis Winfrey was recently selected to attended The Sundance Directors Lab and is currently writing and producing Independent Films and Television projects.
He’s appeared on numerous television shows in recent years, including “Pretty Little Liars”, “Being Mary Jane”, “Single Ladies”, “Dexter,” “MADtv,” “Hannah Montana,” “The Loop,” “Mind of Mencia,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” as well as the daytime soap opera “Passions”.
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