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Naresh Kumar (Naresh K)

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with Actor/Writer/Producer, Naresh Kumar (Naresh K):
May/June 2017 Spring Edition

We have featured this next actor in several sensational spotlights. Naresh Kumar is always a pleasure to speak to when we are interviewing him. He is a diverse versatile actor who does not shine away from tackling controversy roles. It is his love for the art of acting and the ability to transform characters that drives him to work hard each day perfecting his craft. In this newest spotlight with our online publication, we speak to Actor Naresh Kumar about his passion for acting, past achievements, and future projects. Here is what formulated from our marvelous online encounter.

Isaac: Thank you for coming back to speak to us Naresh. We have enjoyed working with you over the past few years as your career continues to grow.

We are also excited that you are our 2nd interview under our relaunch of this publication in its new format. Welcome Back!

Let’s discuss a little about your background and how did you get involved in acting and what draws you to want to act?

Naresh Kumar (Naresh K): My pleasure and thank you for having me back. Well, I have always had a keen interest in the Arts from an early age, growing up watching Bollywood feature films, Hollywood and foreign films. While in school, I thoroughly enjoyed Drama and during my late teenage years I attended amateur dramatics classes. The performing arts realm truly fascinates me.

Isaac: In the films you have performed in up till now, what is your favorite role and why?

Naresh Kumar (Naresh K): All the roles I have performed to date have been versatile. I’ve gone from playing a very dark, corrupt Detective named ‘Sleazein Pseudo-Blood Of Our Own, a Canadian American Film, to a gentle, idiotic but lovable security guard named ‘Zack’ in the Corner Shop Show for British Television. Those would be my two favorite roles because not only does it show the range of my acting ability, but it was fun to develop characters at opposite ends of the spectrum who are very different from the person I am in real life.

Isaac: Speaking of various roles; what kind of roles have you performed throughout your career? Are you satisfied with most of them?

Naresh Kumar (Naresh K): I have been quite fortunate throughout my career to have a range of varying roles with well-developed, three-dimensional characters. I would say, for the most part, it has been easy to capture the essence of the character and I’ve been very satisfied with the roles I’ve been in.

Isaac: How different is it to act in a movie?

Naresh Kumar (Naresh K): Well, even though I am a theatre-trained actor, the skills I learned on stage can be translated to film. To put it another way, acting is acting, no matter what the medium. However, if you wanted a more specific answer: television and film is different from theatre because the audience has never seen the writing. It is fresh and largely written on the fly. Words are being changed right up until shoot times in many cases. Therefore, at a TV/film audition, an actor can make mistakes or small changes without consequence and in theatre there are no retakes.

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Naresh Kumar

In TV/film, you will almost certainly be the only person to ever play any given character so what the producers are looking for is some version you. They are looking for the person who fits the world they are creating. No one has played it before so there is no reference point. It is up to you to show them what your part of the story looks like, and if they agree with you, you will get the part.

Isaac: Tell me about an area in which you would like to improve as an actor?

Naresh Kumar (Naresh K): I truly believe that the learning curve never ends. You are always growing as an artist, performer and actor both professionally and spiritually and you must continue to develop all aspects of the craft.

Isaac: Do you ever think that you could have done a bit better in any particular role?

Naresh Kumar (Naresh K): As an actor, you are always transforming and building on your craft as time progresses so I actually think I can do better in every project. The day I start thinking that I am the best I will not be able to grow as a person or creative artist. I think this is part of the secret on how every great actor becomes successful.

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Naresh Kumar in Cyberversity

Isaac: What are your strong points as an actor?

Naresh Kumar (Naresh K): Every actor has his or her own strengths that catch the attention of casting directors and audiences alike. I would say that I am like a chameleon on stage and screen when it comes to transitioning through the emotional journey of a character.

Isaac: What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career?

Naresh Kumar (Naresh K): I have learned a lot from directors throughout my career and ways to unlock the potential of creative collaboration. Simply put, people work with people they respect and appreciate. Punctuality and professionalism are qualities the best collaborators – and by extension, the best filmmakers truly appreciate. Oh, and being sure that you check your ego at the door.

Isaac: What have you learned from your senior actors?

Naresh Kumar (Naresh K): Senior actors are some of the best teachers. They preach patience and professionalism. Focus and discipline. Go on sets with a clean heart and soul and just dive in. If you want to be respected, there is no space for tantrums in this industry. Egos should be left at the door, (unless your role requires it lol.) Acting is like an ocean. If we bind ourselves in chains, we are bound to drown. Read your scripts, study them well and work hard on your characters.

Isaac: From where have you learned acting?

Naresh Kumar (Naresh K): I have learned acting mostly in England and New York City.

Isaac: Do you think that you have matured as an actor?

Naresh Kumar (Naresh K): If you aren’t maturing as an actor, there’s no place for you in this business. I believe if you truly want to be a master at your craft, you must continually learn and grow.

Isaac: You got your start as an international model? Are you still modelling and do you miss it (if you are no longer doing it)?

Naresh Kumar (Naresh K): My main focus is on acting, writing, and directing as well as producing projects that I am passionate about through my Production company See In Color Productions. But, if a great modeling opportunity comes my way, I definitely wouldn’t turn it down!

Isaac: What has been your biggest achievement in the field of acting?

Naresh Kumar (Naresh K): I still believe I have not reached the pinnacle of my success and until then I will continue to work hard on my goals and aspirations.

Isaac: What kind of roles do you prefer?

Naresh Kumar (Naresh K): I am a versatile actor, and I prefer roles that are dynamic and challenging. If you want longevity in the industry, you don’t want to be compartmentalized into only one type of role. I’m interested in roles that will allow me to explore different dimensions of creativity.

Isaac: Give me a few tips to being a successful actor?

Naresh Kumar (Naresh K): I truly believe that the bridge between your dreams and reality is hard work, dedication, patience, and perseverance. Believe in yourself and have an indomitable spirit.

Isaac: Who is your favorite actor?

Naresh Kumar (Naresh K): There are so many phenomenal actors that I can’t just choose one. But to name a few, I really admire Marlon Brando, Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Al Pacino, Robert Deniro, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Tahir Rahim, and Viola Davis.

Isaac: Great iconic names you just mentioned there my friend.

Isaac: Are you working on any current projects for 2017?

Naresh Kumar (Naresh K): I am working on several independent projects at the moment: and two feature films via my production house, See In Color Productions, and a feature film about ice hockey in conjunction with Infantry Pictures.

Isaac: Thank you once again and we are looking forward to seeing you in our new projects.

Naresh Kumar (Naresh K): Thank you Isaac! It’s always a pleasure.

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Nicholas Downs & Susan Mac Nicol

Junior’s Cave Online Magazine
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with Actor/Writer/Producer, Nicholas Downs
& UK Author Susan Mac Nicol
March/April 2017 Winter Edition

Actor/Writer/Producer Nicholas Downs is no stranger to the online pages of our publication. He has been a favorite of Junior’s Cave to interview over the years. When we heard Nicholas had a new project he just finished wrapping up, we definitely knew we had to feature him once again. This time around, Nicholas brings with him UK Author Susan Mac Nicol, who has been playfully described as a self-confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, geek and nerd, and in love with her Smartphone. Impressively, with over twenty-two novels under her belt in four years, Susan collaborates with Nicholas on her latest novel Sight Unseen which showcases the romantic story between Nate and Cody.  Learn more about Susan, Nicholas, and their new book, Sight Unseen, in our sensational spotlight.

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Actor/Writer/Producer Nicholas Downs
Photographer Credit: Tandem

Isaac: Happy New Year Nicholas and Susan. I hope the New Year is starting on a great foot.

Nicholas: Happy New Year Isaac! It’s starting out great, thank you. I hope yours is going amazingly well.

Isaac: It is, in fact, made a BIG move from the small city of my hometown in the Southern Georgia area (Brunswick, Georgia) to the BIG city of Atlanta for better opportunities. I am excited.

Susan: Happy 2017 to you too, Isaac. I’m a little overwhelmed so far by everything I have going on, but I’m really excited about it all.

Isaac: Thank you Susan!!!!

Isaac: Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to speak to our indie publication.

Nicholas: Thank you for the conversation about our new novel, Sight Unseen. It’s always great talking with you.

Isaac: Likewise! 🙂

Susan: Any excuse to wax lyrical about writing and books…. 🙂

Isaac: 🙂

Isaac: Nicholas has been a favorite of ours to interview over the years as we enjoyed witnessing his many career successes. Nicholas, for those who are new to our publication, gives us a little about your background and how you came into acting.

Nicholas: I am originally from Iowa and started my career there doing local commercials, industrials and theatre. A Hallmark Hall of Fame film came through town and I got booked in a role as a young Amish boy. From there I segued to North Carolina to work on another film, which in turn brought me to Los Angeles. I have been here ever since working on my career. I have been in numerous indie features including the hit rom-com Is It Just Me?, as well as major motion pictures Pearl Harbor, Constantine, The Holiday to name a few. Along with guest starring spots on TV shows such as Castle and NCIS:Los Angeles and a variety of commercials and stage productions. As of late I have also been applying my experience to producing and writing as a means to help support and expand upon my career. Connecting with Susan has been a great blessing and a whole new avenue has been opened up to me that was not there before. I so appreciate her for that.

Isaac: Of all your acting projects under your belt, which one stands out as your favorite performance to date and why?

Nicholas: Wow, great questions. There are definitely parts of various projects I can pull from and could talk about how they are my favorite. But if I narrowed it down I would probably say, Is It Just Me?. That film was a role I had been wanting to do for a while and the type of film I had been looking for and when it came along, that timing was perfect. I still get messages to date from people who are just now discovering the film for the first time. I love hearing how much they like it and how they connect with it and the character I played. No other project has had quite that lasting effect.

Isaac: You have also produced some of your projects. What drove you to want to enter into the role of Producer?

Nicholas: It really started as a way to expand upon my acting. Simply said, to produce things I could also be in or have some active part in. The business has, in some ways, started to shape itself so that artists who maybe couldn’t create something on their own due to financial restraints, now have a greater access to those ways. Whether it be making their own web series or indie-feature or the like. I think I’ve always been able to tap into that side of my brain and business has always been a little longer than show so I thought, why not try and fully understand both words and do everything I can to immerse myself into them.

Isaac: You have done some writing before for some of the projects you starred in but this is something new with co-writing a novel with Author Susan Mac Nicol. How did this brilliant collaboration come about?

Nicholas: Susan actually interviewed me for Divine Magazine and after that interview we kept in touch. After some back and forth emails and Facebook messages we started to learn a bit more about each other. I found out she is a well-established author and really wanted to read some of her work. I read a couple of her books and really liked them a lot. I had a script I had written a few years back and thought it might be a great fit for her to adapt it into a novel. I thought it a long shot, not knowing if adapting from an original story idea was even in her wheelhouse. After she read it she thought it would make a great novel and after sorting out a few contractual deals we were off.

Susan: What Nicholas said! I read the script, loved the concept and knew it would translate really well to a story. It had every ingredient needed, just needed baking lol. Too cheesy?

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UK Author Susan Mac Nicol

Isaac: Naw, I love it 🙂

Isaac: Susan, I had the pleasure to do a little research about you and the books you have written. You have been playfully described as a self-confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. Elaborate a little about your background and what drove you to want to write the sexy novels of two men falling in love.

Susan: Oh good gracious, where to start. I’ve always written since I was a kid, I got my first old Imperial typewriter when I was ten. I still have all the stuff I wrote on that, in a file in my outside storeroom. I wrote a children’s story back in South Africa, where I lived for 30 years, got myself an agent and never followed through. Life and enjoying myself got in the way. It wasn’t until 2012 when I started writing with a view to getting published again. (Truth- I fell in love with Benedict Cumberbatch and the only way I could get close to him was by writing a character based on him and making him do sexy things…I guess my own fantasies played out there!) And of course it had to be romance story….

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Sight Unseen Cover

My first submission was accepted by my publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group and things snowballed from there. As for the pole dancing- I wrote a book with a character who pole danced and decided to start my own Facebook group. We now have over 2000 members and a ‘clientele’ of some of the world’s best known male artists. One of them even appeared on my cover for Suit Yourself.

Isaac: Obviously, you are a romantic at heart. Describe the underlining theme in all of your novels you have written.

Susan: Ahem. I feel like a fraud. I’m actually not very romantic myself. My husband is forever astonished at what I write, knowing I’m not particularly soft and cuddly when it comes to romance. I guess that’s why they call it imagination. I do appreciate a happy ending though and with all the misery in the world, where’s the harm in writing a story where two people have their Happy Ever After? I love the idea of creating my own worlds where I can make everything right and ensure some happiness.

Isaac: Have you gotten any slack from “haters” who may say “A woman cannot write passionately about two men being in love”. What would you say to this argument?

Susan: Oh-My- God, this is a recurring theme in the M/M genre. Yes, there are a lot of haters out there. Ignorance runs rampant. I guess my stock answer is ‘Hello, Jules Verne didn’t live in a submarine under the sea, he didn’t travel around the world in a balloon and he most certainly didn’t go the moon. I’m pretty sure he didn’t make it to the centre of the earth either.’ He used his creativity and imagination to create his worlds and it’s no different to what we as women do when we write about male-male relationships. We might not have the *ahem* equipment to actually experience sex like two men do together but by golly, that’s what research is all about. I’ll say no more though because I don’t want to appear like a pervert. Suffice it to say I have plenty of gay friends – one of them classes himself as my ‘Cultural Liasion’ and the other test drives my sex scenes with his husband…. I get feedback from them 🙂

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Isaac: Let’s discuss your latest novel, Sight Unseen, in which you collaborated with Actor/Writer/Producer Nicholas Downs.  Elaborate a little about the background of the story between Nate and Cody.

Susan: Nicholas’s script clearly defined Nate and brought into play the friendship between him and Cody. When I got to the end, I just knew this had to be a friends to lovers story. Cody needed more of an active role and I think in the book I did that. The non-romantic in me (heh heh) made me want to give them both an HEA and I saw it being a journey the pair took together along with misunderstandings, secrets and passion.

Isaac: I am curious as to know from both Susan and Nicholas what authors do you guys like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?

Nicholas: I feel like Susan is going to impress you quite a bit more with her answer to this. 🙂 But my experience has been more of an influence from the film perspective and how great cinema has influenced me and my writing. As most of my writing has been for film or web series based projects. But, I am also greatly influenced by great playwrights: Arthur Miller, Clifford Odets, Tony Kushner, Eugene O’Neill to name a few. And on the screenplay side, Jim Sheridan or the writers of the film, The Impossible have been great influences of mine as well.

Susan: Oh Nicholas, you have never been more wrong, lol. You have a far more esteemed reading list than I do! I am not someone that reads great works or muses on anything too deep and meaningful. I like dross and easy reading, happy stories (hate sad endings) that are not too taxing on the brain. My favourite authors are Stephen King, Joe Donnelly, (I love horror), Agatha Christie, Phil Rickman’s Merrily Watkins stories and of course, too many MM authors to note. However my fan girl crush in the genre is Harper Fox who is an exceptional writer and I actually got to have dinner with her recently!

Isaac: Susan and Nicholas. Could you describe the mundane details of writing: How many hours a day do you devote to writing? Do you write a draft on paper or at a keyboard (typewriter or computer)?

Nicholas: I wish I had that discipline, it’s really more about when I can carve the time out between the other things going on in life and my career. I work from my computer when I write, a keyboard is the best way for me to get it to flow from me to the written word.

Susan: Usually, I devote close to three-four hours a day writing, and as much time doing the social media promo that goes with the brand building. I work full time four days a week so for me, the best time is night time. I try to relax on weekends, spend time with family and do the mundane real life tasks. I’ve written 22 books in four years so to keep up the impetus, and make sales, I need to devote the time to it. I write straight to PC screen, no paper for me. I don’t have one single hard copy of anything I’ve written including drafts etc.

Isaac: Do either of you write every single day?

Nicholas: I plead the 5th…oh shoot I already gave myself away with my answer above.

Isaac: 😀 Brilliant!

Susan: I try but I do fall down. There was a time for two years I did it religiously, making myself do it. Now not so much, I’ve slowed down a bit. My doctor calls me a ‘high functioning over achiever’ and tells me to take it easy a bit more 🙂

Isaac: Any writing rituals?

Nicholas: Bear my soul, cry, get mad, smash the computer, give a good ‘stink-eye’ to myself in the mirror…repeat. What? too much?

Susan: Nope, nary a one believe it or not. I just need coffee to get me going.

Isaac: Ballpoint, uniball or fountain pen?

Nicholas: I think my autograph looks best with a uniball, wait, is that your question??

Susan: I like a good uniball myself…

Isaac: Do you meet your readers at book signings, conventions, or similar events?

Nicholas: We are actually attending a convention this March together called, California Dreamin’, where we will get an opportunity to sign Sight Unseen the novel together. And we will have a couple other signings planned for that week as well. One in particular will take place at The Abbey in West Hollywood.

Susan: I do a lot of local UK events and book signings, the biggest one being the UK LGBT Meet in September each year. It’s fun, an opportunity to meet the fans and a great occasion to have a few drinks with everyone that makes up our tight knit M/M community. It’s an incredible collection of people we have. And what Nicholas said.

Isaac: Susan, are you planning to adapt any of your stories to the screen?

Susan: Well, of course, Sight Unseen which you’ve read about previously. Nicholas and I are working on the screen play, something very new for me, not so much for him. We make a tremendous team and we are definitely soul mates when it comes to developing the script, and having the same passion and ideas to make it a great film. From there- who knows? Maybe there’s scope to adapt other books of mine too.

Isaac: I love it!!!! 🙂

Isaac: What’s more important: characters or plot?

Nicholas: I’d say both, without plot you have no story, without characters you have no life and no-one to care for.

Susan: I don’t plan my stories, I’m one of those people who just sit down and let the story tell itself. My characters tend to make themselves known before the storyline unfolds. Character development is critical and with that, they tend to guide the story. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat back and thought ‘Huh. I didn’t see that one coming.’

Isaac: Interesting.

Isaac: How hard is it to establish and maintain a career in fiction writing?

Susan: It’s very tough. When I first started out in my genre, I would flip through my Kindle to buy something new to read and not be able to. I’d read it all already. There were a few releases a day and sometimes not one. Now, we’re looking at close to 20-40 new releases per day. The market has grown, competition has done the same and it’s difficult to get on top and stay there. All a writer can do is keep producing stories that are quality and set to a standard your readers expect and be happy with that. That’s all we can ask.

Isaac: For those of us who are interested in getting a copy of Sight Unseen. Where can we buy this novel online?

Here are the buy links –


Amazon UK


Barnes & Noble



Isaac: Where can we find Susan and Nicholas online?

Nicholas: Well my address is…just kidding. Here are some places for me:


Twitter: @NicholasDowns

Instagram: nicholasdownsactor

Susan: Here you go.

Twitter @SusanMacNicol7

Isaac: Any last thoughts for our readers?

Nicholas: Even if you think this book may not be for you at first glance, look deeper. We believe there is a story here that’s universal. That touches on elements and situations in life that we all go through. Thank you for taking the time to read this interview, we so appreciate it. And thanks for all the continued love Isaac.

Susan: Firstly, thanks so much for the interest in interviewing us. It’s really appreciated. Secondly, I think this book has been challenging for me in a number of ways. I had to write as a blind man and make sure I was believable; and I had to write my characters in a setting I’ve never been too, namely LA. This is the first time I’ve set a book outside the UK. Luckily, I had Nicholas there to sense check me. I’m also very disciplined in researching my topics- I’ve stayed in a circus to get the feel for it as I’m setting a book in one -so I was out of my comfort zone with Sight Unseen. I hope the love and passion I had for this story comes across. And to echo what Nicholas said- thanks for the love.

Actor, Shawn J. Hamilton

Junior’s Cave Online Magazine
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with Actor, Shawn J. Hamilton
January & February 2017 Winter Edition

Actor Shawn J. Hamilton is building up quite an impressive resume with most notable recent works on Suicide Squad (2016), Orphan Black (2013) and Covert Affairs (2010). Hamilton, who served 14 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, including 6 years in Special Operations units, comes to the wonderful field of acting bringing a wealth of expertise, knowledge, and skills.  Hamilton worked in Special Operations units that selected personnel from all branches of the military: Army, Navy and Air Force. Although he enjoyed his career immensely, Hamilton knew he had the acting bug that needed to be fulfilled. In this exclusive interview with our publication, we discuss the transition from Canadian Special Forces Officer to currently one of the hottest new faces in the acting industry. Here is his story.

Isaac: Thank you for allowing us to speak to you today.

Isaac: Let’s discuss a little about your background as a former Canadian Special Forces Officer.

Shawn J. Hamilton: I served 14 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, including 6 years in Special Operations units.  I received extensive training in weapons handling, survival in all environments, emergency medicine and communications.  I also received unofficial training in developing a good sense of humor in the face of adversity.

Isaac: What did you enjoy the most about your role as a Canadian Special Forces Officer?

Shawn: I really enjoyed the challenge of achieving goals, mission or otherwise, that might at first glance seem near impossible either for shear audacity or due to extreme time constraints.

Isaac: What do you miss the most about your role as a Canadian Special Forces Officer?

Shawn:  I miss my teammates the most.  It is truly amazing what you can achieve as a group with like-minded, highly motivated people.  By like-minded I don’t mean clones, these are people with a wide variety of specialties and knowledge that contribute to the overall effectiveness of the team.  Special Operations units select personnel from all branches of the military: Army, Navy and Air Force.  Experience is obviously great, but a junior member can also offer an insight that no one else saw.  The key to really getting to the ‘next level’ is that we must remember that no single person has a monopoly on good ideas.

Isaac: You also a bit of an overachiever. You have both your helicopter and airplane licenses. What were the driving forces for you to obtain these licenses?

Shawn:  I had attended an Aviation College prior to my enrollment in the military and I earned a Private Pilot license on airplanes at that time.  In the military, I was selected for Pilot and subsequently received flight training on High Performance CT-156 Harvard II aircraft which is the Canadian variant of the T-6 Texan II used in the United States.  After completing training on the Harvard II, I was selected to be a helicopter pilot and trained on the Bell Jet Ranger where I received my Canadian Forces Pilot Wings.  A final round of selection led to my first operational assignment as a Tactical Helicopter Pilot on the CH-146 Griffon, a military version of the Bell 412 which is an evolution of the venerable Huey family.  I completed examinations to receive civilian licenses for both Rotary-Wing (Helicopter) and Fixed-Wing (Airplane) categories.

Isaac: You also went to Afghanistan. Describe your experience when you served over there.

Shawn: It was definitely interesting and memorable.  Our missions were part of the greater objective of stabilizing the security of the country to a level that the people of Afghanistan would be able to handle all security matters independently.

Isaac: How did you get involved in acting and what draws you to want to act?

Shawn:  I have always loved a good story and I was drawn to be a part of telling those stories.  To me, there is a real power in being transported into another time or place along with characters that we can relate to and connecting to the story being told.

Isaac: How long have you been an actor? From where did you get started?

Shawn: I would say I have always had a bit of a performer in me, but my professional journey began in 2012 when I decided to start taking courses in Improvisation at Second City Toronto and scene study / on-camera work at Pro Actors Lab Toronto.  I figured that no one shows up at a hospital and realistically thinks they are going to be a doctor without training, so I applied the same logic to being a professional actor.

Isaac: In the films you have performed in up till now, what is your favorite role and why?

Shawn:  I played a mercenary in the BMW Films production called The Escape directed by Neill Blomkamp and starring Clive Owen, Jon Bernthal and Dakota Fanning.  It was my favorite role so far because I was able to explore being on the wrong side of the law with the understanding that villains don’t necessarily think that they are doing immoral things.

Isaac: Speaking of various roles; what kind of roles have you performed throughout your career? Are you satisfied with most of them?

Shawn:  I have been a police officer, a murderous doctor, a spy and a friendly neighbor to name a few.  Each role has been satisfying insofar as I’ve been able to explore different aspects of each character.

Isaac: How different is it to act in a movie?

Shawn:  I would say that acting in a film and other mediums are quite similar as far as preparing for your role and doing your homework, but the main difference I have noticed is that larger film productions can often film scenes out of chronological sequence and it takes an attention to detail to make sure your portrayal of the character in a scene is congruent with the events leading up to and after that scene.

Isaac: Tell me about an area in which you would like to improve as an actor?

Shawn:  I need to keep broadening my toolbox as an actor by continually pushing into different roles and being uncomfortable in order to grow.  There are so many disciplines in the craft of acting to work on, such as: accents, voice acting, dancing and stage combat; each facet that develops will bring something new to your work.

Isaac: Do you ever think that you could have done a bit better in any particular role?

Shawn:  I think that there is always a tendency to do an analysis on each performance and attempt to find ways to improve.  I believe that the process is really never ending; perfection is a journey not a destination.

Isaac: What are your strong points as an actor?

Shawn:  I try to keep in perspective that I am part of a very large team of professionals trying to tell a story and deliver to the best of my ability every day.

Isaac: What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career?

Shawn:  I’ve learned that there are many different styles and to be open-minded to the process and how the director is working to realize their vision.  In many ways, a director is similar to a mission commander:  they won’t always have time to tell you exactly why they are asking you to do something a particular way, but you trust that they have a good reason in asking for it to serve the greater good.

Isaac: What have you learned from your senior actors?

Shawn:  I’ve learned that preparation is very important so that you know your material inside out and can then connect organically to your scene partner without being in your head overthinking things.

Isaac: What are your educational qualifications?

Shawn:  I received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Political Science from the University of Manitoba. I originally started off at the University of Toronto in East Asian Studies, Japanese Language Major with a Minor in French and German, but I left in my second year upon receiving an offer to join the military.

Isaac: Do you think that you have matured as an actor?

Shawn:  I think I have to a certain degree, particularly in being in the moment and embracing the inevitable unrehearsed variations that happen as opportunities.

Isaac: Do you think that you have the potential to carry a film on your shoulders?

Shawn:  I am optimistic to reach that responsibility knowing that it truly takes a collaborative team effort.

Isaac: What has been your biggest achievement in the field of acting?

Shawn:  The level of growth I have experienced, as an actor, has been my biggest achievement.  I believe it has been accelerated by being able to work with so many professional and creative people on both sides of the camera.

Isaac: What kind of roles do you prefer?

Shawn: I don’t have a preference other than that the role serves in telling a good story.  I really enjoy working on a variety of roles: drama, comedy, and action.  A dream role would be playing a Bond villain.

Isaac: Give me a few tips to being a successful actor?

Shawn:  Practice your craft relentlessly and never give up.  Ensure that the preparation of your skills has the sense of urgency that an opportunity may come sooner than later and you need to be ready.

Isaac: Who is your favorite actor?

Shawn:  That’s a hard one as there are so many great actors out there.  Personally, I really like the work of Tom Hanks and Robin Williams.

Isaac: Are you working on any current projects?

Shawn: I am currently working on a feature film called KIN that is directed by Jonathan and Josh Baker.  It is starring Jack Reynor, Dennis Quaid, Zoë Kravitz and James Franco.  I play a Tactical Squad Leader and also serve behind the camera as the Military Tactical Advisor.

Isaac: What are you looking forward to the most for the upcoming Holidays and 2017?

Shawn:  I am looking forward to some downtime with family and friends over the holidays.  As for 2017, I’m sure the universe has something interesting and unexpected in store for me.

Isaac: Thank you once again and we are looking forward to seeing you in our new projects.

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