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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Success Story: AMIN JOSEPH

Amin Joseph is a protégé of the World Famous Apollo Theater in his hometown Harlem NYC. He was featured in “The Expendables” and “Homefront,” both Lionsgate action releases written by Sylvester Stallone. Amin is teamed with director Frank Darabont for their third project together, as recurring guest-star Booker Washington Smith on TNT's “L.A. Noir.” Amin Joseph's partial television credits include “Sons of Anarchy,” “Southland,” “Major Crimes,” “The Protector,” “N.C.I.S.,” and “CSI: Miami.” Currently, Amin’s is filming “The Gambler” starring Mark Wahlberg and Jessica Lange, and executive producing and starring in the international action thriller “Call Me King.” Amin can be seen in theaters in the comedy “Best Night Ever.”




How long have you been on Actors Access and how has the service helped you?

Amin: I’ve been using the Actors Access service for about ten years. I’m from New York so I started out by submitting myself for various jobs in the NY market. Initially, I found the self-submit tools useful as well as the email and downloadable profile features. As my career progressed, I realized the wealth of resources the site truly provides if you are willing to do the work. It’s an invaluable service to inform and empower an actor. It keeps you ahead of the curve. That’s if you know how to search!

How did you get into acting?

Amin: I started out doing commercials in New York City and local theatre in my neighbor Harlem. I also studied theatre at Howard University. I’m extremely proud of being an alumnus of hundreds of acting classes internationally.

What has been your experience on set as the recurring character Booker “Skeety” Washington on Frank Darabont’s “Mob City?”

Amin: I’ve had the pleasure of working with Frank Darabont three times now. Once again, he has surrounded me with brilliant talent that I learn from while creating. I hope the show will be very successful and that I may be able to return if the miniseries goes to series. It’s great playing an ethnic character in a 1940’s period piece. The production is top notch. Thank you TNT.

What was the audition process for booking your role in the movie “Homefront” with James Franco and Jason Statham?

Amin: Much similar to “Mob City,” I didn’t end up playing the role I originally auditioned for in Homefront. This was a taped audition for director Gary Fleder. I have auditioned for several roles that were booked directly off tape so I consider it status quo now. It ‘s a pleasure to meet the director in person after the audition process and discuss the choices you made that stood out.

What has been your favorite experience as an actor?

Amin: You know what? As an actor, I’m so excited each time I get to work and play with other creative people. Each role is a piece of me and I put the best that’s available of me in each project. Now as a producer “Call Me King” directed by R.L. Scott is my greatest and favorite endeavor, I also co-star in that film.

What advice would you give your fellow actors just starting out?

Amin: Wow. Advice is tough because there are so many outcomes to each choice we make. However, I believe in the power of my decisions and actions. I like to write my goals and view them daily. I also suggest professional accountability. Actor’s advocate www.DallasTravers.com is a good start in that direction.

3 comments:

B.U. Jyosef said...

Interesting interview. It's really informative to see that an actor has stay positive for so long. It is a tough business in which you're only as good as your last job. Stay Strong!

B.U. Jyosef said...

It's always nice to know that some people earn their stripes. It's difficult to give props o people who were born into success. If they did not increase the value of what they inherited, it's hard to respect that. We all need a hand. But, being famous because of a ready-made name is bogus. You've got to earn it to get respect. Consider the biblical story of the talents.

B.U. Jyosef said...

God bless the ones who earn it. You learn, you yearn, you earn, still you learn.

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