Today we’d like to introduce you to Paul Bikibili.
Hi Paul, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I was born in Cameroon, Africa and moved to the states in 2004 when I was 11 years old. My family and I settled in Philadelphia, PA where I discovered I wanted to become an Actor. At the age of 13, I was already a hungry young ambitious actor running around Philly and New York for casting calls, working as a background actor, studying at Mike Lemon Casting and John Robert Powers, and figuring out my calling.
My parents were and still is very supportive of my career from day one. I wouldn’t have travel this far in my journey without their support. In high school, I always knew I’ll end up in La La Land. I studied acting at a performing arts College in New York and transferred to Los Angeles in the summer of 2013 to finish my bachelor’s degree. I’m currently signed with Avant Artists and Me2Management. I am so fortunate and grateful to have a team who are consistently sending me out for auditions (even in a pandemic). I’m taking classes at Lesly Kahn & Co and Amy Lyndon. My big goal is to book a Series Regular or Recurring Role on a TV show this year.
I’ve also decided to take it upon myself to not wait for opportunities in Hollywood to be handed to me and instead, create them. I started my own production company called Bana Productions, named after my late maternal grandmother (Bana Lucy). I’ve added Filmmaking under my resume and proud to announce I just completed my second Short Film “Roots” helmed under Bana Productions slated to be submitted to top tier festivals this year and used as pitch to studios and networks. Roots is an abstract visual vignettes highlighting Black culture and Black excellency. We shot the film last November (before the lockdown) and had a COVID Compliance officer on set to follow the CDC guidelines. I hired some amazing artists and talents and I had a total cast and crew of 50 people. After witnessing what we saw as the biggest protests in American history last summer, I was proud to march on those streets and being vocal about the Black Lives Matter movement. My protest will now be seeing in the work I produce in my company by putting POC, women, and all types of minorities at the forefront in my production to be the leading change and leaders of tomorrow.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Oh noo. I’d be lying if I said it’s been a smooth road. The road has been tough, lonely and very satisfying and successful all in one. I think when you have a vision of how you want your life and career to be, you become different from the pact. I’m six years out of college and have gone through hundreds of auditions in LA and the no’s have been disappointing but have made me even hungrier. I have a vision wall in my room and one of my favorite quotes on there is “raise the bar everyday no matter how stressful it gets” and I use that as an inspiration in my everyday life. I’m a workaholic and want to be the hardest worker in the room. It’s been a challenge finding that balance between working hard and letting God and the universe do the work. I fear being lazy. I fear not succeeding. I fear watching the years pass me by and still doing the same thing. Life is short so every move I make is to lead me to my end goal and destiny which is building an empire and leaving a legacy.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My indie film “Roots” is debuting this month to coincide with Black History Month. Roots is an abstract visual vignettes highlighting Black culture and Black excellency. It’s a homage to our ancestors. In the film, my character goes through a journey and transformation of finding his way back to himself and his roots after being lost. The film will not be available to watch online this year as I will spend time submitting to festivals and pitching to studios and networks before it lands on Amazon Prime next year. It was very important to do a lot of research before embarking on this project. I hope the audience will take something away from it and start those conversations and changes within their own communities.
I’ve started early development of my next project, “Friends of Summer” which will be a web series in which I will play the role of Summer. My other three writers and I are in the early drafts of it and production will begin early this summer. I’m proud to be the CEO of my production company Bana Productions and creating projects that highlight me as an Actor and Filmmaker and gives me the opportunity to work with other brilliant artists. I believe my strong work ethic and professionalism definitely sets me apart from others. I’m pretty sure I got it from my dad because he instilled that mentality on me and my siblings at a young age.
How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I’m always grateful when working with other people whose vision and worth ethic is aligned with mine. People can support me by listening to my message in my work and implementing actions behind it. If you’d like to work with me and collaborate, email me at email@example.com or send me a message on my social media profiles.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paulbikibili/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paul.bikibili/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/paulbikibili
Images by John Sutton and David-Gabe Photography