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‘Deadly Women’ Actor Simon Acok

unnamedWe saw Simon Acok’s acting reel the other day and this guy can really act. He has range and communicates genuine emotions with the clarity and ease of an actor who is much older and who has decades of experience. Simon has been at this for just a few years but has been interested in acting since he was in high school. He decided after college to make a career out of acting and he’s been acting and training ever since.

He received comprehensive training at Victoria College of the Arts, which is one of the best acting schools in Australia and after that immersed himself into even more intensive and concentrated study with some of the most recognized names in the acting mentor world. He studied with Ricki Maslar in Los Angeles, Lesly Khan’s Improv classes, in Hollywood, and Paul Weber and Mike Pointer in Los Angeles.

Simon has performed in a great deal of projects from short films and features, to TV series and his favorite role so far has been an army veteran in the TV series Deadly Women. He said that there were many layers to his character who had come home from the army and then had relationship problems with his partner that led to his character’s death. It was very emotional for Simon to inhabit that character for a sustained period of time. However, he found it was a very satisfying role and it made Simon realize that an actor can push himself through powerful emotional thresholds in order to achieve the embodiment of a full characterization.

CHASING HIS DREAMS ALL OVER THE WORLD- OBIE SHO

10527910_584088945051092_6860563767399933436_nJust because you live on a beautiful, lush, paradise island doesn’t mean that you can build an acting career there. Obie Sho, the Japanese actor, understands that concept. He knows that sometimes people have to go where the action is if they want to pursue a career. And that’s just what he did. He moved from legendary Yakushima island in Japan all the way to the movie capital of the world, Los Angeles, California, and has established himself as a professional actor both in L.A. and in Las Vegas, where a great deal of entertainment and acting is also centered.

Yakushima is wonderful, no doubt, but there are less than 15,000 people who live there so it couldn’t possibly compete with heavily populated urban centers in any country including japan itself. Obie moved from japan shortly after graduating high school when he realized that acting was going to be his life’s work. He studied hard in acting classes for three years and he then got a steady flow of acting jobs in countless films, commercials and stage plays.

An interesting bit of luck also entered his life one day. When Obie was living in Las Vegas he went to the library and accidentally met Hara, who is one of the great illusionists of our time and they hit it off. Right after meeting, he actually got a phone call from Hara himself and he asked Obie to be involved in his
first illusion trailer by watching a student film that was directed by Hara’s classmate and to be in charge as a leading actor.

DO NOT MISS ‘REGEN’

s2Be ready to get your box of Kleenex out when you watch the film ‘Regen’. Based on the true story of a 12 year old boy that is dying from a neurological disease which causes painful tumors, this story is nothing less than inspirational. The most incredible part of such a tragic story is the impact he leaves on his community and the world. Regen is the youngest son in his family and an avid tennis and basketball player, but the neurological disease which constricts his facial muscles leaves a permanent smile on Regen’s face. This may have been a very painful and embarrassing side effect for this young boy, but at the same time, is what also brought Regen fame in his own small town and across the world. “Rootin’ 4 Regen” became a slogan that was repeated by politicians, celebrities, church members and people in the corporate world. His story became a compelling reminder of how much we should be grateful and appreciative for what we have and to count our blessings and be thankful every day.

 

s3The acting in this film is amazing and the cinematography is nothing less than fantastic when it comes to bringing the richness of this story to life. This is a movie that is not only uplifting, but also proves that no matter what obstacles get in our way, we should never give up on living our lives to the fullest. Combined with an amazing cast, directed by Jason Campbell and Timothy E. Goodwin and the incredible camera work by super talented Sharath Chandra, this film is not to be missed!

 

Five stars from me!

Somebody Got To Die

Logline: When business and pleasure collide and a decision must be made in the name of love. Somebody Gotta Die

Mark, a drug trafficker in South Florida with a heart of gold, uses his illegal proceeds to not only support his team but takes care of Tiffany, his girlfriend, and her family. After employing Tiffany’s brother, he finds out that he’s been talking to the feds. Unable to risk his empire crumbling because of him, Mark does what anyone else would do. He takes care of the problem. Now he must keep Tiffany and the police looking in the wrong direction to solve the case as he sleeps next to her every night.

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The show will be airing on the Nu TV Network coming December to New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, & Atlanta. Check local TV listings and www.nutvnet.com for more information.

Film can make you a more aware photographer.

In my photography business, my primary focus is shooting weddings, engagements, family photos and executive environmental portraits. On the personal side of things, I love to shoot landscapes, portraits and documentary photos of subjects that appeal to me. Most of my personal work is shot in film. Film? do they still make that stuff? Well I am pleased to tell you while some brands of film are no longer with us, film is still very much alive and in some countries, it’s gaining momentum and bringing with it a whole new crowd of admirers.

I started shooting film when I was a young boy with a small Kodak point and shoot. Parents weren’t as free with their money and, being a young boy with no real job, saving for film was not easy. It was because of this that I learned to make every shot count. Your film only had 12 or 24 shots and you couldn’t waste them. Adding in the cost of processing and printing, (no digital files back in my day) and you can imagine that it added up quickly. I took many odd jobs in the neighborhood to support my habit. Many years later, we are in the digital era, with cameras that produce stunning and wonderful results. With programs that plug into Lightroom and Photoshop, why would anyone want to shoot film?