Sometimes art and life aren’t so different from one another. This just might be the case for acting newcomer Eric Anthony who makes his feature film debut in the upcoming Christian-drama, “Keep The Faith.”
The California native wasn’t planning to become an actor, but was looking to push past some personal struggles when he stumbled into it by chance thanks to producer/director Choice Skinner.
Eric Anthony reveals more about his journey and “Keep The Faith” in this recent interview.
Give us an Overview of you the Film “Keep The Faith.”
ERIC ANTHONY: I play the role of Shawn, a young, good looking Latino man who is loyal and tough but at times also goofy. He plays a vital role in supporting Timothy (Mychal Thompson) through his journey of what it takes to be a Christian to enter through the gates of heaven after the Rapture takes place.
What made you want to be part of this project?
EA: Well I wanted to be part of “Keep The Faith” because I as invited to do so by actor, writer, and director of the film, Choice Skinner. He has been such a significant person and inspiration in my life that I was honored to answer his call to read for the role. Also, I wanted the experience; and to share it with my friends that I consider my family from our acting class was a privilege of its own.
Did you do anything specific to help you get into Character or this world?
EA: When I read the script, I found that Shawn and I actually have a lot of similar character and personality traits. I figured I didn’t have to do much other than be myself. But, when it came for several climatic moments in the film, I had to dig up some past experiences in my life; to take me to a vulnerable place so I could do justice to how Shawn would actually feel going through these tests.
What do you hope that audiences take away from this film?
EA: I hope that audiences begin thinking about how they currently live their lives. That whatever vices or bad habits they currently have, that they take the steps to recover to limit them — I’m still working on it. It is definitely a process. I also hope that they perceive that our time on this earth is near at its course and for whatever their religion or spiritual practices are, that they do whatever they can to help someone in need or less fortunate than themselves.
How did you get into acting?
EA: My friend who is more like an over protective older brother, Joshua Lewis (owner of Popular Demand Barber Shop in my hometown of Alhambra, CA) referred me to Choice Skinner’s class. I was going through a rough mental time in my life, and Josh recommended that I speak with Choice, just for advice and to get a different perspective about what was going on in my life at that time. After having a heart to heart with Choice, I appeared one day to his class just to watch his students, but Choice told me, “Hey, you’re here, so you may as well get up on stage, but before you do that’ll be $30.” I thought that was a funny moment. But I did it, and once I went on stage, the feeling I had was ineffable, I never felt so comfortable before in front of different people I didn’t know.
Considering how this was your feature debut, can we expect more from you in the near future?
EA: You bet your socks you will be seeing more of me. I love being an actor. I love the person I am now becoming because of this experience. I have another feature that I play a supporting role called “Being Black Enough,” written and directed by Devin Rice. Expect to see it making an appearance for submission for Sundance.
I also did a short film, which was my very first, as a lead role called “Transitions.” Written and directed by Kelz Morgan, it’s a story of a woman who is now a man and about to confess his truth to his female lover. However, he is unaware that his female partner has a secret to confess to him as well.
Anything else you would like to share with your readers?
EA: NO….. lol — just kidding. For those reading this article, I thank you. And I want to share with you and the world a piece of common advice. Believe in yourself, believe in something higher than yourself, be selfless, exercise, have great expectations and execute day by day. And, know that as God loves you as do I and no matter what physical characteristics that differ from each and every one of us, we are but one family under the heavens. Hopefully you read this and I hope it makes you think to just be a good person.
Thanks, Eric – for the interview and the advice!