Category Archives: Acting Career

Cedric the Actor? Comedic Entertainer Trying his Chops at Drama

It is not uncommon for actors well-versed in comedy to branch out and try their chops at the more serious roles in an attempt to gain recognition for something outside of their comfort zone.


What isn’t as common is for a comedian to take this road twice, after failing the first time.


Cedric the Entertainer is back at it a second time after his first shot at Cedric the Actor failed miserably in 2008. Cedric’s first attempt to recast himself in the eyes of Hollywood was through a Broadway play co-starring Haley Joel Osment and John Leguizamo. Despite the high-profile cast and being head up by writer David Mamet, the production of “American Buffalo” was a bomb and Cedric’s attempt to reinvent himself was dead on arrival.


Not one to give up, Cedric is back with a serious role in the film “First Reformed”, playing the role of a head pastor guiding a junior colleague played by the venerable Ethan Hawke. Opening in limited release on May 18, “First Reformed” is a big departure from Cedric’s roles in recent years which have focused solely on comedic performances.


Early reviews bode well for the success of “First Reformed” as well as Cedric’s performance. An early leading candidate for one of the year’s best pictures will certainly boost Cedric’s stock and catapult him from the pigeon-holed comedic roles of his past to being considered for more thoughtful and serious roles.


In addition to the new opportunity in film, Cedric is reinventing himself through a variety of mediums including his new sitcom, “Welcome to the Neighborhood”. The new show on CBS will enable Cedric to push the boundary of his creative license and subsequently open even more doors.

Lawrence Bender – Biography and Achievements

Over the past few decades, Hollywood has seen many great film producers like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Michael Bay. However, the one movie producer that stands out from the rest would have to be New York native, Lawrence Bender.

Lawrence Bender was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York in the 1960s to a Jewish family. While in high school, Lawrence Bender wanted to go into the field of civil engineering. Civil engineering interested him because there were great jobs in the field and it’s what his grandfather did for a living. Because of this, Bender attended the University of Maine after graduating from high school to pursue a degree in civil engineering. In 1979, Bender obtained his degree.

After graduating from college, Lawrence Bender took interest in dancing. It was his dream to become a professional dancer. Unfortunately, an injury permanently sidelined him from the thing he loved most. Fortunately, he found love again when he began making films.

Bender has been nominated for many film awards and has even won multiple of them. Some of the most notable works by Bender would have to be Pulp Fiction, An Inconvenient Truth, and Good Will Hunting. Good Will hunting would have to be my favorite movie out of all of his films. In the movie, Will Hunting is working as a janitor at MIT. Unfortunately, Will has had a troubled past. He grew up as an orphan and was abused for years. While on the job one night, Will solved a very difficult problem in the hallway that he was cleaning.

The professor and the university took notice of this accomplishment. As the movie progresses, the professor becomes a mentor to Will. They discuss philosophy and life a lot of the time. Will is also presented with a challenge when Skylar, his girlfriend, can’t seem to understand Will’s past. This is mainly due to the fact that Will won’t tell it to her. In the end, they end up breaking up and reuniting when Skylar moves to Stanford. In the end, it is a very great film by Lawrence Bender

How Can Men Get Started with an Acting Career

The theater is continually in need of strong male actors who can take on specific roles. Unfortunately, more and more people have given up on the idea of ever becoming famous through acting, and there is a severe shortage of qualified experts in the field. Because of this, it might be time for you to consider starting a career in acting yourself. There are a few things you need to be aware of before getting started. For one, you may still need or want to take an acting class to begin your career. It can be daunting and problematic without the proper acting training, so you’ll need to find a nearby school that you can go to for this need.


Acting schools can be pretty pricey, so it pays to do a bit of research to find one that fits your budget. Once you begin, you’ll learn all the basics necessary in order to land an acting role. In the beginning, you shouldn’t expect to start out big unless you get lucky and land something that enables you to grow in fame. What you should expect is to do a lot of local acting gigs, which will help tremendously when it comes to getting your name known and allowing other people to know what you’re all about.


Acting is definitely not for everyone, and a lot of people find that even despite getting the training that they need, they still don’t land any viable roles. The key is to be patient but consistent. You need to push yourself out of your comfort zone a lot when you’re an actor looking for roles. Try things that you might not think will make a big impact because you could very well come away surprised at what it’s done for you. Many actors have become famous from doing simple commercials in the beginning, so this might be a good place to start if you’re brand new to the field.