How did you start acting?
I started acting when I was 7 years old. I was in the fine arts program in elementary and I did my first show called Wake up Snoozy. I played Snoozy who was a character that had to keep the big bad wolf from stealing the awards, the only problem was I kept falling asleep. It was sort of one of those things that I just did for a grade but ending up loving. Ever since then I just fell in love with the art form and wanted to do it for the rest of my life.
What roles are you most interested in playing?
I’m most interested in portraying roles that call attention to social issues and are universal. I enjoy going through the process of bringing reality to fruition. What could be more real than social issues or stuff we all experience on a daily basis no matter what the race or background.
What roles have you played already?
I’ve played a wide variety of roles from a soldier to an athlete. I’ve played a vampire before that was fun. It’s crazy though because I always want to go for the older roles for some reason even though I’ve looked 14 my whole life. I’m in the process of growing my beard so who knows I might be able to play someone’s dad soon…NOT
Who is your favorite actor?
That’s easy Denzel Washington. When I see Denzel I see someone who I feel like I know. Seems like a very humble guy who has a tremendous respect for the craft. I don’t know, just as a young actor; I’ve always looked up to him as somewhere I would like to be. He gives me hope that I can be successful in this business and still at the same time always be myself and not let anyone or anything change me.
Did you grow up with a large family?
Yes! I have a very large family. My family is so huge and very close knit. If I do something at 8am my whole family will know by noon. I love them though, and how supportive they are of me and my career. I always hear fellow artists talking about how their family disowned them or cut them off because they chose this profession, but that was never the case with me. Ever since I even mentioned this to my dad or family members they were right behind me one hundred percent and I’m blessed to have that.
What’s your most favorite city to visit?
Now that I live in LA I would say Houston. I was born and raised there and no matter how many times I’ve been; I always get this proud feeling when I go. I feel right at home again, and it’s so nostalgic to be back in the south with family and friends eating good!
How do you stay positive when you’re working on getting new gigs.
When I’m not working on new gigs I really use that time to just immerse myself in the craft. I write, work on new scenes, watch and study films, or anything to keep myself fresh and working on my craft. That helps keep me positive a lot. That way when a new gig does come, I know I’m ready.
What city do you have on your list to go to before you die?
Venice Italy!… mostly for the food. Italian is my favorite food. I wish I could think of something grand to say like “to see the museum” or “to learn the language” but really I want to go just to eat!
What kind of Directors are you looking to work with?
I’m interested in working with anyone who is willing to work hard and wants to be the best like I want to be. I will say though, my ultimate favorite directors I hope to work with one day are Spike Lee of course and Tyler Perry!
How can we follow you online?
You can follow me online at my website christopherakens.com I’m on Instagram as well @YourFavActor_. My twitter is the same as my Instagram name too.
This article is published in March 2017 Issue
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