Featured Artist Series: Michael Webb

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 12.58.17 PMMichael Webb was born and raised in New York City; he was born acting. Since as far back as he can remember, Michael has always been drawn to acting; from Elementary School to High School, Michael always got involved in one school play or another. Acting is the only thing he has ever truly wanted to do.  It is in his blood.

Michael ensures that he always puts himself out there, in the constant pursuit of his art. He submitted for the short indie film, “Texting In New York City,” written and produced by Mansu Edwards. “Texting In New York City” is a silent film about a college student who loses a cell phone on a train while approaching a beautiful woman on a NYC train platform, and this unravels a chain of events involving every single character in the movie. The movie shows that every risk doesn’t necessarily present a reward, sometimes people need to put their priorities before their emotions and there is no action without repercussions.

Michael had a telephone call with Mr. Edwards for the role of the Subway Artist. During the call, writer/producer Mansu Edwards felt that he saw something fundamental in Michael and hired him immediately. Mansu liked his uniqueness, personality, and how naturally playing the role came to him. In a podcast interview later on, Michael further expressed his feelings about the film, “Mansu is an amazing director and a down to earth guy. I can’t wait to work with him again.”

Michael stated that they didn’t rehearse before they shot the scenes, and that the cast only met each other an hour or so before they started shooting. For budget reasons, Mansu decided to shoot the film, though based in modern day New York City, as a silent film with subtitles. “‘Texting In New York City’ is significant because it empowers black people to produce and release films from their perspective,” Mansu says.

Mansu had referred to Michael as “the epitome of persistence, doggedness, sacrifice and dedication.” Curious, I questioned Michael about this and he revealed just how much a career in acting means to him. A few years ago, Michael dropped out of Borough of Manhattan Community College to become a full time actor. Luckily for him, his family, though concerned, were supportive of his decision. They reminded him to always be responsible, and not to expect life to be handed to him on a platter, that he needs to get out there and work hard to achieve his dreams.

So far, Michael has tried to do all that to the best of his abilities. He has starred in several other short films, commercials, and music videos; the most famous being “Let It Go” by T. McCrae.

When asked for his future goals in the industry, Michael stated, “I will strive until I am the next Denzel Washington.” Michael hopes to excel in all the outlets of his art, be it Theatre, Film, or TV. He plans to work his butt off for the next couple of years, however long it might take him, working wherever he can find work, until it pans out in the end through awards and recognition. Michael plans to continue striving until he achieves his dreams, and this is truly inspiring.

To find out more about Michael, visit his website at https://www.castittalent.com/MICHAELWEBB and watch Texting In New York City below!

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Sisan McNeil Sisan McNeil is a writer of both screenplays and prose fiction. She is originally from Nigeria but currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She has a Masters in Screenwriting and is currently pursuing a PhD in Literature. She is a published author and has both written and directed four short films. For more information about her, visit her website: http://beautifulgalaxies.wixsite.com/mysite

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