(Photos by Rob Gilbert via Promotion People& IMDB)
1. I know you, but some people may not.
So could you please introduce yourself to the world?
"I’m Sam Vincent, a performer, with over thirty years experience in the film and television industry. I’m most well known for my roles as a voice performer in internationally recognized animated series such as NinjaGo and Ed Edd n Eddy."
2. What was your first job in the entertainment industry?
Also, what did you do before that?
"My first job in the entertainment industry was a speaking role at the age of fifteen on the Cannell series Wiseguy. I was a skinny pizza kid getting rag dolled by Ken Wahl. Good first experience."
3. Did you study acting before getting into the industry?
"My training started in high school with the theatre program. I was introduced to a talent agent Carole Tarlington who ran a theatre company, training school and agency that specialized in kids and teens. Tarlington talent was my foot in the door to the film and television industry in Vancouver."
4. If you could work with anyone you'd want,
who would that person be and why?
"I’m ultimately interested in working with people who are open to supporting each other and bringing the best out of each other for the good of the project. There are lots of great performers out there, but anyone who is talented as well as down to earth and accessible are the ones I would be most interested in collaborating with together."
5. What does a normal day in your life looks like?
"Normal days look little different nowadays, but as a performer you’re always on the lookout for the next job. I do a lot of voice work for animation and radio, so normally your preparing for MP3 submissions for new shows and ads. Having a regular workout regime is an important part of maintaining my physical and mental health. I’m learning Spanish, so I try to devote a bit of time to that everyday."
6. Where is your favorite place to be and why?
"My favourite place to be is in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Being there with family is always a great way to unwind."
7. If you could, what would be the one advice
you would want to give to your younger self?
"If i could speak to my younger self I would assure him that the word no, standing firm, setting boundaries is powerfully important at times in life. The act of giving of yourself must be tempered with a wisdom of knowing when it’s application could be harmful to your well being and others."
8. What is one of the best advice that you've got?
Who was the person that gave it to you?
"I can’t think of any one piece of advice that changed me, but there have been people and sources of inspiration that always brought me to understanding the power of stillness. Always returning to a place of source that can only be found by letting go of obsessive thinking and overreaction to one’s surroundings."
9. What is your biggest accomplishment so far?
"I’ve had the good fortune to make my living as an actor for the majority of my life, which will always be my first concern. To continue to get the work is always a challenge for a performer, but if I am occasionally given the opportunity to think of what I want to say with this art form, it is always to find a challenge. To confront the uncomfortable corners of the human psyche and bring some humanity to it. If I’ve given more of that in my career I’ll consider it a success. I would say performance wise Torn has been my biggest performance accomplishment thus far. It required more psychological, physical and emotional resources than anything I’ve done previously."
10. If you could book any role in the next years to come,
what would that dream role be?
"Dream roles for me are taking deeply flawed beings and making them accessible and relatable for an audience. Anytime you’re given that opportunity, that’s a dream role."
11. Is there anything you can disclose about Torn: Dark Bullets?
"Torn: Dark Bullets is a film that will slowly draw you in and captivate you. There are wonderful, compelling performances and I think it delivers a visceral dose of storytelling that keeps you engaged and on edge. In Torn I play Det. Jason Pearce, an officer who while on duty shoots a young black teenager, but is ultimately acquitted of charges and put on temporary leave until the furor of the shooting has quieted down in the press and community. Despite the acquittal Pearce still views this leave of absence as a unjustified reprimand, sending him into an abyss of alcohol fuelled resentment and self pity. His fellow officer Saks, who was absent during the shooting informs Pearce that the victim’s parents have decided to file a civil lawsuit action against Pearce setting off a chain of events where he attempts to sets things right with the family and ultimately escalates into a climax that will change the lives of all involved forever."
12. What is the best & worst part about the entertainment industry?
"The best part of the entertainment industry are the times when you hear from a fan and they say < You got me through a tough time in my life with your performance on a certain show. Thanks for what you do.> . That’s priceless. The worst part of the entertainment industry is that it can be a challenge to stay grounded and remind oneself where it fits in context to the bigger picture of everything that’s happening in the world and to remember we’re ultimately here to serve the audience. If there’s no audience, there’s no industry."
13. What is the best part about life on set?
"On set life, especially on independents is always about the family vibe. Experienced and highly talented individuals coming together, not for the money but for the love of storytelling. Busting our asses in a short amount of time and with limited resources, testing ourselves, pushing ourselves to the limits and going beyond them to give audiences a new, fresh experience. Like a family we argue, we laugh, we challenge and push each other to be our best selves and we ultimately use our years of professionalism and devotion to inspire each other on set every day."
14. In the end, is there anything you'd like to say to the people who support you?
"I’m eternally grateful to Dan, Dexter, Sleeps, Josh and the rest of the producing, creative team, for bringing me on board this project. It’s one of the greatest gifts I’ve received in my career. Based on the feedback we’re getting, we all delivered some special and I’m honoured to be a part of the Torn family and team."
Sam Vincent is an actor, best known for his work on projects like: Sausage Party, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, My Little Pony: The Movie, Torn: Dark Bullets, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action!, 21 Jump Street, Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars!, Double Dragon, Dino Babies, Sonic Underground, X-Men: Evolutie, Baby Looney Tunes etc.
Catch Sam as Detective Pearce on Torn: Dark Bullets, now stramming on Amazon Prime Video.
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