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Meet Bechir Sylvain

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bechir Sylvain.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born in Boston Mass, raised in Haiti left when I was 13. Grew up in Miami, went to college in Dallas. Moved back to Miami for 2 years. Left for Los Angeles California with 200$ in my pocket to follow my dream.

I didn’t know English when I came to the states, learned by watching TV. Wanted to be a lawyer, didn’t know what theater was until my junior year in high school.

I’ve been in LA for 11 years, I’ve done over 20 national commercials, some tv, and film but my biggest accomplishment was meeting my wife in 2011 at the NBC short cuts. I won the audience award for a web series I wrote and produce.

We didn’t start dating until 2013, got married 2014 and I recently lost her to colon cancer in October 2018.

Our love story is truly a gift from God, and because of my faith and the love we’ve shared I’ve been able to continue my pursuit in acting and I’m am doing everything that I can for one day to share our story, and hopefully help others going through what we’ve been through.

This is the short version of my story.

Please tell us about your art.
I’m a Haitian trained theater actor. I want to be the first Haitian to win an Oscar and to have a theater company in Haiti where we get to hear a story from a country who changed the entire world in 1804 but is ignored and devalued by so many now. I also want to be an example of what faith can do in your life when dealing with things that are not in your power, and that love truly is the strongest weapon we have to overcome anything.

My work is both drama and comedy. I’ve been very fortunate to have played my biggest hero Malcolm X and I’m in Arizona playing the great Jack johnson the first black heavyweight champion of the world.

What do you think about the conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
It’s easier to be an artist but it’s harder to make a living as an artist. There has to be a way where folks can at least make some money doing theater, the 99 seat rule is making it impossible for folks to live like an artist. I also feel there should be a requirement just like any other job to be able to call yourself and actor or any artist. Acting is the only job for some strange reason everyone thinks they can do and nothing is truly required. You can’t go to a hospital and apply to be a surgical doctor with no schooling or training what’s so ever or became a fireman because you look good in a uniform. Acting for some reason everyone thinks they could do it. Some type of requirement and standard needs to be set.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You could see me on fuller house, Chicago PD, blackish, Claws season 3, and BET plus streaming show called Bigger. I’m currently working on a play called The Royale by Marco Ramirez. In Arizona Tuscon/Phoenix.

Contact Info:

  • Email: upstage23@yahoo.com
  • Instagram: @bechirsylvain
  • Facebook: Bechir sylvain
  • Twitter: @bechirsylvain

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