Meet SETH WRIGHT, a promising new actor born and raised in South Pasadena, California. He most recently starred in the amazing indie film, “NINETEEN SUMMERS”, directed by ROD S. SCOTT. “I’ve lived in California my whole life. It’s the ‘Sunshine State’ to some people, but there are some really rough areas here too. When I got into my teens I started getting into a lot of trouble. Instead of getting the most out of high school, I was being exposed to probation and correctional facilities. Those experiences made me really lock in and focus on finding a career that I would enjoy. It was also important to me to spread a positive message to the world.”
His bad behavior during high school left his graduation in question. “I didn’t know if I was going to graduate on-time, I was 3 years behind! My mom asked me if I was interested in acting and offered to pay for my classes at a studio she had visited with my Auntie Debbie. It was the Richard Lawson studio at the Waco Theatre in North Hollywood.” SETH registered for an four-month course where they taught him the fundamentals of auditioning and film making. He admits that initially it was nerve-wracking and difficult, but it also made him feel alive and fulfilled and helped him realize that he loved acting.
Now that SETH had found his purpose, it was time to act on it, no pun intended. He was 18 years old, fresh out of high school and feeling like the sky was the limit!. He began submitting for various auditions and casting calls. “I was so focused and ready to work. I would take the train and the bus to my auditions, even walk if it came to that. I had to make it by any means necessary. Thankfully, I’ve been a working actor ever since.” No matter what role he’s chooses, he stays true to himself by finding a way to bleed Seth Wright into the character. “I play my character to the fullest but I also bring different parts of me. Whether it be negative, positive or my comedic side. That is how I bring truth into the script.”
“NINETEEN SUMMERS” is a very important film that addresses a few of the many issues our young black men are facing in today’s society. SETH plays the role of Cartoon, one of the best friends of the main character, DeAndre. “It’s kind of funny, I actually went to audition for the role of Willie (the other friend of DeAndre’s in the movie), but the moment he saw which script I was reading, he took it back, gave me Cartoon’s script and said, “Read this one instead.” I think the director liked the fact that I didn’t have to try too hard to get into character. It was natural.”
After shooting wrapped and SETH watched the completed film, he was impressed with how real one scene in particular played out. “I don’t want to give up too much of the movie, but watching the scene where we all got pulled over by the cops, man it felt like it was stripped right out of my memory! Hearing the cop say, “Loud jungle music, now get out the car!”, sounds spot on! It’s exactly how they communicate with us young black men.” Cartoon’s character was great because he revealed his emotional side at times during the film. He showed that he was vulnerable and not tough all of the time. A lot of movies depict individuals who are in gangs as totally violent and macho, when in reality, a lot of them are regular men and women who fell into the wrong lifestyle or are going through rough times and lost hope. It’s not easy for everyone from the ‘hood to pull themselves up and find something constructive to do or something positive they can monetize.”
“NINETEEN SUMMERS” brings a story that most people in America who live in a neighborhood polluted with drugs and weapons can relate to on a personal level and can understand from a third-person perspective. “To me the main premise of “NINETEEN SUMMERS” is how being imbedded in that gang/street lifestyle will leave you and your closest friends dead or in a jail cell. I know it sounds cliche, but I definitely think it’s pivotal for the black community to have an understanding of this lifestyle without glorifying it. It’s all up to the viewer how they perceive it. I am very proud to be a part of this film because it can help inspire people going through the similar situations and may help them to figure out what they want to do with their lives. It is very important for our culture to stop glorifying gangs and gang violence in our media and in our music. It’s literally taking away people’s lives, leaving them dead or in prison!”
For SETH acting isn’t just a means of employment, he genuinely desires to touch people’s lives. “Acting allows me to impact people’s lives through films and entertainment. When I’m acting I feel powerful and connected!” He cites his parents and his sister as his early influences, then celebrity podcaster Gary Vaynerchuk, rapper T.I.P. and film maker Jordan Peele as his later ones. As he works on his craft, he aspires to have the range of a Will Smith and become an actor who is instrumental in the movement to portray black people in a more realistic and positive manner. “Films and media need to show what we do and how we contribute to society positively. They also need to bring light to the negative patterns that a lot of black people face in their lives.”
SETH has many interests besides his budding acting career. “I am constantly growing and learning who I am by actively educating myself on everything I want to be in life. I’m gradually gaining experience in different fields and honing my skills in each one. I recently found out that I have a love for fixing automobiles and also started growing my own YouTube channel with the mother of our soon to be born child. It’s really an exciting time in my life!” We’re looking forward to seeing how the career of this bright young actor with such vast potential unfolds!
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