Over 50 pounds and a financial setback could have derailed the career of New York-based Actor Che Holloway. But a break from the Oprah Winfrey Network and networking helped the aspiring actor find his way to a leading role in an award-winning web series.
I’ve been passionate about acting ever since I was a kid. When I was little, I was constantly criticized about my weight. My friends and family teased me and I often let their harsh words affect me. Acting became a huge relief for me because it helped me build my confidence. I gained much thicker skin after going through the casting process and truly started to believe in myself by time I headed to college.
Although the teasing had stopped and people’s words stopped affecting me as much, there was a day when I had to change. I asked myself, “What was more important? A few honeybuns or a healthy life?” After about six months of cardio and healthy eating, I lost several pounds and my confidence skyrocketed. I shed more than just pounds; I shed my fears. I decided to give New York City a chance as an aspiring actor.
I spent my first year in New York City training and rehearsing at the American Music and Dramatic Academy. After a year of schooling, I received sad news that my financial aid would not be extended for my final year. It was hard for me accept that I would not be able to walk the stage with all of my friends, but I knew going back home would keep me further from my dreams. I decided to stay in New York City as a freelance artist and worked various jobs here and there. I was broke often, but the thing that kept me going was knowing that I was fulfilling my vision. That little bit of encouragement was enough to keep me going through the struggle. A few months after being gone from school and working, I received a “big break.” I booked my first national TV gig on the Oprah Winfrey Network show Unfaithful. I was cast as Kacey in the Kacey and Tawaila story. This was special for me because I had recently lost a lot of weight and now I was playing this sexually driven character. The segment was part of the season two finale and really gave me the chance to introduce myself to the world and showcase my acting chops.
Since then, my career has been picking up. I have been working on various short films and web projects like:
In the near future, I’d like to see (or hear) myself doing commercial and animation voiceovers. I’d like to continue acting for film, but I’ve been curious about trying my hand out at sitcoms as well. As cheesy as it sounds, I just want to see myself happy, secure and inspiring others.
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