Author Archives: Samy Osman

Clean Break, a feature film in which I play the leading man is screening in Toronto at the end of the month! Check out the teaser trailer below. I have to warn you though, it’s on the violent and maybe, scary side, so if you’re too young, ask your parents first, okay?

It’s being show as part of the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival and you can get your tickets here (once you’re there, click Register and search “Clean Break” for ticket options). It’s playing at the Carleton Cinema. It also won Best Drama Feature when it premiered in the United States at the Atlanta Horror Film Festival.

So if you’re in Toronto on November 30th, feel free to come by and check out the film! It plays at 9:30pm and there should be a Q&A session at the end, which I will be taking part in along with friends from the movie.

Finally, if you’re curious, you can go back and read about my experiences on set back in April of 2011, written after the first week, following the second week and after the end of the shoot.

Posted on: 04 Nov 2013
Posted by: Samy Osman

Well, almost six months already went by so it’s probably a good time for a blog entry! Where to start? Well how about events from two nights ago! The show Nikita has been wrapped, which means they’re completely done shooting the series; this upcoming season will be its last. So they had a lovely wrap party to which I was invited to!

Samy Osman with Maggie Q, Taylor Bateman and Lyndsy Fonseca, Noah Bean, Taylor again and James Azzopardi at the Nikita Season 4 end of show warp party.

It was really nice to see a lot of the cast and crew I met and worked with while on set and had a blast spending some time with the Nikita family. I also feel like I need to mention that Melinda Clark (who plays Amanda on the show) is a dancing machine! She definitely put everyone to shame on the dance floor.

Now moving on to a bit of a summary on some work I’ve done. I had a really great time shooting this TV commercial/PSA (public service announcement) last month. Once it’s released, I will do my best to share the video here. We did it a few different ways (performance wise) so I’m curious to what they will use and how it will end up! Here’s a shot from set featuring Michelle Argyris and I.

Michelle Argyris and Samy Osman playing hosts on set of a commercial/PSA

More on this once it’s released… What I will say is that we’re playing hosts in this fake gossip show and that it was really fun to shoot!

Moving on to a blast form the past… As a kid born and raised in Canada, I remembered seeing these short clips on TV called Heritage Minutes that were shown in lieu of commercials. They were kind of like short Canadian history lessons with some reenactments of events. Well, one day my good friend Sean Kaufmann gets in touch with me about them needing a couple extra people on set to be in the background. I hadn’t done any sort of background work in years, and never since I moved to Toronto five years ago…but given the fact that I didn’t have anything planned the next day and that it was a chance to be a part something I grew up with, I wholeheartedly agreed to do it!

Samy Osman in costume. 1800s in Canada.

This is what I ended up looking like, and will be found somewhere in the background with and without the hat. One of the best parts is that I ended up hanging out with friends, got to know people who I only briefly met before and of course made new acquaintances. Plus we were all dressed like we were back in the 1800s!

Now let’s not forget those lovely Harlequin book covers! I think I was a part of about 10 new cover shoots since March. Actually, I’ve updated my Pictures page to include a whole bunch of them. If you’re curious, check out the Harlequin to see them. And since we’re in the world of photography, I should mentioned I booked a few print ad jobs as well! That and my good friend Jerald Bezener shot me (with a camera of course) and we got some great pictures! Check out some of them below!

Samy Osman by Jerald BezenerSamy Osman by Jerald BezenerSamy Osman by Jerald Bezener

Finally, had some other type of work here and there along with some great auditions. Let’s see what happens in the next little while and hopefully it won’t take my six months to write again…but as always, I try and stay active with my Twitter account.

Posted on: 04 Oct 2013
Posted by: Samy Osman

Wow, time just flies; It’s already been two months since I last wrote here! I have however, been moderately active on my Twitter account with the feed being displayed on the right of my site. In any case, here’s an attempt at a short summary!

First off, I got new pictures a few weeks back! Taken by long time friends Shalan&Paul, these will serve as my actor headshots and will be used in other ways such as with social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.). Check out a few of my favorites:

Samy Osman by Shalan&PaulSamy Osman by Shalan&PaulSamy Osman by Shalan&Paul

My work on Nikita also continued with a few days on set, and now have a total of five episodes under my belt. It was great to be back and see everyone again! Check out a short scene I’m featured in, part of episode 313 called Reunion that aired earlier this month:

Something new this year, because I’m now part of ACTRA, I was able to check out their Winter Conference and attended a lot of interesting and informative workshops. A few days later, I went to the ACTRA Awards show which I really enjoyed. During both events, I not only ran into a lot of actor friends and reconnected with people I had worked with before, but met some great new people!

Now, let’s not forget, Harlequin book covers! I’ve already been shot on about five new covers this year and a few new ones have been released. Check em out:

Samy Osman on the cover of The Bride Wore Spurs by Janel DeanSamy Osman on the cover of Behind Palace Doors by Jules BennettSamy Osman on the cover of The Cowboy's Surprise Bride by Linda Ford

One thing I hadn’t done in awhile is work on a short student film. Well I recently had my last day on set of one, and had a great time. I played a French Canadian character and didn’t just have the chance to do some accent work, but spoke in French for the most part! That’s usually something I’ve done in commercials and corporate work, but rarely have I had the chance to do it in film/TV. Speaking of corporate work, I’ve had some of that with a couple of past clients so far this year.

Now that Spring is here, things should get even busier! I’m really looking forward to landing some great work, as well as putting some of my own projects together! The adventure continues…

Posted on: 27 Mar 2013
Posted by: Samy Osman

Ahhh, another great year went by! I want to say it’s one of my best years for my acting career, but every year has been filled with such great experiences and they’re all part of the path that got me to where I am today. Anyway, let’s get on with it and start going over a few highlights that made 2012 a great one!

I put out my second short film to date called Friendship Upgrade and although it was a lot of work, I was so happy to have done it. I learned so much and had a great time making this idea come to life. With the experience of having put out another film I feel even more confident about my next projects.

Early in the spring, I booked a Canadian national TV commercial that was shot in both official languages (English and French) and is currently still airing! It’s probably the commercial in which I’ve had the biggest exposure to date in my career. As again, not only is it all over Canadian TV stations, it seems to air quite a bit (according to friends) and I also play the leader of a growing crowd of people. Was a blast to shoot!

Plus, I met Kina Grannis in person after my 2nd day on set (completely unrelated to the shoot). You might remember her as the lovely signer/songwriter that was featured on the tablet in Friendship Upgrade but more likely, you’ve seen her videos/heard her music before!

Midway through the year, I auditioned for a role on the TV show Nikita. It was awesome because it’s a show both my mom back home and I watch! We followed it through the first two seasons while the role was for the premiere episode of season three.

Not only was I excited to find out I was offered the part and had an amazing time on set, shooting the episode, meeting the cast and crew, but the role grew into a bigger part and I was brought back for more episodes and given the name “Sammy”. So awesome! My agent and I decided that due to this, it was the right time to join ACTRA, the union for Canadian actors, and did so in October.

I should also mention the love I got from the Nikita online fan base, especially on Twitter! Even before my first episode aired, I had a lot of encouraging and positive messages from them; an unexpected surprise! This role has been the gift that keeps on giving…something that I just said to Tina Gerussi (responsible for the Canadian casting of Nikita) today!

I’ve also had so many great times and memories during auditions, on independent projects, shooting corporate work, working on more advertisement projects and let’s not forget more fun Harlequin book covers (may take a few moments for pictures to appear)! So thankful for the amazing experiences I’ve shared with a lot of great people (both ones that I’ve met and ones that I’ve known from before)!

All in all, a great year and an amazing one ahead of me! Speaking of, catch my third Nikita appearance on Friday, January 18th at 8:00pm EST on the CW (USA) and (if I’m not mistaken) 9:00pm EST on CTV Two (Canada).

Posted on: 10 Jan 2013
Posted by: Samy Osman

At the beginning of this month, I went into the Toronto ACTRA office and joined ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the Canadian union for actors. So from now on, I’ll only be doing unionized work. Which means being well compensated and protected, health and retirement benefits along with more opportunities. I really look forward to the work I’ll be getting in the future!

Still of Noah Bean, Samy Osman and Lyndie Greenwood in Nikita 3.0 (Episode 301) - Released October 19th, 2012

In other news, season three of Nikita is now ongoing! I announced this on my Twitter page, but in case you missed it, the season premiere of Nikita titled 3.0 just aired on Friday October 19th, 2012! This is my first appearance on the show, and you can watch Episode 301 online: (Canada) or (USA).

Still of Samy Osman in Nikita 3.0 (Episode 301) - Released October 19th, 2012

Speaking of Nikita, the main reason I had for joining the union was the fact that I landed three episodes on this awesome show. With those, I’m able to become a full member and actually just completed a day and half full member workshop.

I had a really great time shooting my third episode also earlier in the month/end of last month and felt so blessed to have had this opportunity. Actually, they just had me go in for ADR this past week. It’s kind of like doing voice overs, replacing the original recording due to factors ranging from background production noise to performance tweaks. That went great as well, and I ran into Noah Bean and Lyndsy Fonseca before heading into the studio; it was nice to see and chat with them again and I hope to see the whole gang if they bring me back for future episodes!

Samy Osman on the cover of Secrets, Lies & Lullabies by Heidi BettsAlso since the last update, more Harlequin covers bookings! Actually, one of the ones I did back in May is now released: Secrets, Lies & Lullabies by Heidi Betts (picture on the left). Moreover, I finished off my non-union commitments and had some fun commercial auditions this week!

Posted on: 28 Oct 2012
Posted by: Samy Osman

Ah, the life of an actor. You just never know what will come up. Towards the end of July, I had a chance to play a “Divison Tech” in the third season premiere of the TV show Nikita. It was a small role, but a role nonetheless; on a great show that both my parents and I watch and enjoy. Not was I excited to be on Nikita, but was so grateful for the chance to have a part in it. Well, about a month and a half later, I found out they wanted me back for a bigger part in another episode!

The trailer for the character Sammy, played by Samy Osman

That’s right, and they even named the character “Sammy”! Quite possibly one of the best names you could give (a statement that my parents would wholeheartedly agree with). I kinda like that I, “Samy”, get to play “Sammy”. Also, I was really happy to see the familiar faces from filming the first episode and they so warmly welcomed me back. Plus, I had a blast on set again!

Samy Osman and Isaiah Mustafa on set of Nikita Samy Osman, Lyndie Greenwood and Noah Bean reunited on set of Nikita

Not only was I happily reunited with the awesome regular cast members Lyndie Greenwood and Noah Bean, but I also met Isaiah Mustafa before I left set. You may know him best from his great character in the “Old Spice” commercials. Well, turns out he’s a great guy in real life too. He’s so grateful and happy for what’s happened in the past three years of his career; loved hearing his story!

Finally, another Nikita related announcement…which is why I mention the show’s name three times in post’s title. I will be back for yet another episode, making it my third one so far! With that, I’ve decided to set a date to join ACTRA, the union for actors in Canada. Just need to finish off some non-union projects beforehand…then it’ll be time to make the switch. This is like a new chapter in my acting career and I’m glad it’s started with this show! Exciting times!

Posted on: 24 Sep 2012
Posted by: Samy Osman

Wow, I realized it’s been just about a month and a half since I last wrote an update here! So I figured, I’d point out a few ways to keep in the loop in between my blog posts for those curious about what’s happening with my career!

Despite not always updating the site in a timely fashion, I try and keep active on my Twitter account. Also, I often try to include pictures with those tweets; from on or off set. So if you’re on it, feel free to follow me! Also, all my tweets go to my Facebook actor page which is accessible to everyone, regardless of whether or not you have Facebook (and if you do have a account, feel free to give it a like).

Also, for those who’d rather be notified of a new updated instead of checking in once in awhile, I have a subscription option! It’s pretty simple, if you look on the “sidebar” to the right of the page and scroll down you’ll see the “Subscribe to SAMYOSMAN.COM” section where you can enter your email and be notified when I post a new blog entry. Don’t worry, you won’t be getting any junk mail and you can unsubscribe at any time. Don’t forget to check your inbox once you submit your email address as you’ll need to confirm your subscription prior to getting the updates.

With that out of the way, I can now share some news with you! Let me start by showing you these Brushpoint web videos that I’m a part of. The first is more of a commercial while the other leans on the side of instructional video; both featuring myself as the main guy! I actually got this job through a recommendation from someone I worked with in the past and in the end, the production company and client were very happy with me. Here are the videos embedded below:

What else has happened since the last update? Well, another Harlequin cover for one! Been working on some of my own projects as well, but no shoot date is set for anything at this point. Also, I play the lead guy in another web/commercial video that should be ready soon. Oh, and this was also booked through a past recommendation but I still went in and auditioned for it.

I’ve also had some good auditions/callbacks and yep, another job through previous work. What could this one be? Well, how about another appearance on Nikita? That’s right! I just tweeted about it this morning, before heading to my wardrobe call. My part shoots Monday and I’m pretty excited to be back on set! This time around, I have a nice scene with a larger role, an actual character name (rather than “Division Tech”) which is actually my own name spelled slightly differently, and now, officially a recurring character on the show! Will I appear in even more episodes? We’ll have to wait and see…but let’s just say I wouldn’t say “no” if they asked me!

Posted on: 14 Sep 2012
Posted by: Samy Osman

One of the career highlights I’ve had recently, as the title suggests, is a role on Nikita! They had me play a “Division” tech. If you’re not familiar with the show, I basically played a part of the team at the headquarters of the secret organization that the show follows.

The fun thing about landing this role was the fact that I’ve seen all the episodes up to this point, so not only do I understand what’s going on but I got to meet and hang out with the actors behind most of the leads on the show. It was very interesting to play with characters I’ve been watching this whole time. On top of that, the crew was awesome to work with as well. Everyone was so welcoming on set, they made me feel a bit like an honored guest! I was introduced to so many people including the show creator…even had stand-ins who were great!

Another awesome thing was the fact that the studio was only about 5km from where I live! So I biked there everyday… One of the nights I was wrapped pretty late (between 1:00 and 2:00am) and my ride home was so peaceful and quiet, with lightning lighting up the sky at a distance. Dreamlike!

In the end, I had a great time playing on a show I actually watch, got treated really well and received great feedback and encouraging words, especially from Noah Bean (Ryan Fletcher), Lyndie Greenwood (Sonya), Aaron Stanford (Seymour Birkhoff) and some of the crew as well. On top of that, some were talking to me about the possibility of returning to the show and expressing that they’d like to see me again!

Aaron Stanford, Samy Osman, Noah Bean and Lyndie Greenwood on set of Nikita

Most importantly, my mom follows the show as well, so she’s really happy that I got a role on it…now even more excited to watch the new season! Knowing this, and knowing that the character Michael is one of her favorites (from both the older series and the current remake), I asked the man behind the role, Shane West, for a favor. He graciously agreed (keep in mind my mom is French Canadian and her name is Annie) as you’ll see in the video below!

I will most definitely remind you when the third season begins so you can catch my appearance on the show! Also since the last update, I had another Harlequin book cover shoot, corporate video and independent film work and finally a online toothbrush video/commercial that should be released soon!

Posted on: 29 Jul 2012
Posted by: Samy Osman

I’d finally like to introduce you to my new website design; it’s been a long time coming and it’s finally here! If you’re familiar with the old site, you’ll notice the featured items section on the front page has been changed and now requires you to use the arrows to switch between videos. There’s also an option to subscribe to the site (updating you with new posts) and you can do so via the form located on the right sidebar.

The about section has been revisited and partially rewritten, the resume page now includes an embedded YouTube playlist of some acting work, the pictures section has a whole lot more pictures, the production page contains the projects’ videos embedded onto it, the contact page is much more visual and finally the footer got a complete overhaul. Overall I feel the changes provides a better browsing experience without sacrificing too much simplicity. Hope you like it!

Now for the Chapman’s ice cream commercial in which I play the guy leading the group! Below I’ve included the videos of the French version followed by the English one:

This was shot about a month ago and I had some good times on set! Spent two full, sunny days outdoors over a weekend while meeting and working with a whole lot of great people. Speaking of great people, I also met Kina Grannis in person, the lovely singer/songwriter who’s video I used in Friendship Upgrade, as she was performing in Toronto that evening! Nothing but good things to say about her! Also, you might also notice how red I was from being out in the sun all weekend.

Samy Osman and Kina Grannis during her stop in Toronto

Now, you may be aware that I’m on a mostly vegan diet…but don’t worry, I didn’t have to eat any ice cream. I was upfront about it from the day I went into the audition so they were aware. Even if it would have cost me the job, honesty is the best policy. Besides, not a lot of actors in Toronto are fully bilingual so I knew I had a good chance!

You might argue that I should avoid this type of work altogether, and that’s something I might consider in the future, but I’m at least pretty sure at this point I won’t be doing anything advertising the consumption of meat!

Additionally, since the last update, other than putting in a lot of time into this site, I’ve gotten some corporate and catalogue work here and there, and even a new Harlequin book cover shoot! Speaking of, I now display all the released covers at the bottom of the pictures section! Also added are some stills and on set shots of the commercial!

Posted on: 29 May 2012
Posted by: Samy Osman

Hopefully, if you’ve been on the site this month, you realized that my last post was an April Fools’ joke. That video is years old!

Now that I’ve cleared up any confusion, I’d like to continue by announcing the air date of “Shot in the Dark“, the Cold Blood episode in which I play the suspected killer! Is he really the one who did it? Well, you’ll have to watch it to find out! Unfortunately, I believe it’s only airing in the United States right now (Thursday April 26th, at 9:00pm EST on Investigation Discovery). Will do my best to find out when a Canadian air date is set!

Now, for some new Harlequin book covers! These are number twelve and thirteen of the books in which I’m featured as the likeness of the leading man.

Samy on the cover of Not Just Friends by Kate Hoffman Samy on the cover of Relentless Pursuit by Sara Orwig

They are Not Just Friends by Kate Hoffmann and Relentless Pursuit by Sara Orwig. Check them out if you’re into those kinds of books!

Posted on: 24 Apr 2012
Posted by: Samy Osman