Category Archives: Film

So the pandemic hit. I felt really good about where things were; I was in multiple acting classes, sometimes three at a time, auditions were coming in (I probably had the most number of auditions I ever had in a week). Then suddenly, nothing…for months. However, now, things are slowly starting up again. I’ve been auditioning regularly (remotely) and may have landed some work (that I can’t discuss until…I can)!

Otherwise, I’ve created new reels with clips that weren’t present in previous ones. I may still be updating these but here they are for now! First is my new acting demo reel.

Second, something I never really had, an action, stunt based demo reel. Check it out!

If you’re not yet tired of seeing my face, here’s a film I created during the pandemic, during the Spring of this year. It was shot simply, on my own, at home and it’s called E-Ulogy. You can read more about it here and watch it below. It’s only 3 minutes, focused on performance and is essentially a monologue.

If you just watched the film, you’ll see how relevant it is to the current situation we’re all in. Hopefully we can all grow from it and be better for having gone through this experience. All the best!

Posted on: 03 Oct 2020
Posted by: Samy Osman

I made a new short film and just released it last month! Overcover is a buddy-cop, action-comedy film, following two undercover officers during an operation that doesn’t quite go as planned…because SOMEONE over-acted their role. Clocks in at 7 minutes with credits (including a scene after said credits). Check it out here!

Shot over the span of a day last summer and screened at the Reelworld Film Festival at the end of October (with a really enthusiastic response from the audience), Overcover was my most ambitious short film yet. I’ve never made a film with this amount of people involved in front and behind the camera, never put this much time in making a film and couldn’t have done it without the amazing team we put together. It’s got choreographed fights, visual effects, original music, was shot on an Arri Alexa and we got an amazing location! Check out the film’s page for a full list of credits if you’re curious!

My updates are infrequent, so as per usual, I’ll stick to some highlights! I’m really happy with my growth as an actor (and human being) lately and excited to keep that going; taking more classes than ever and recently completed Second City‘s Improv for Actors program. I’ve also had opportunities to audition for some exciting projects and booked a part on Handmaid’s Tale!

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Speaking of acting parts, I’ve landed roles in a few independent projects as well. One of which I’ve received a few stills from, with permission to share. See below!

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Commercial work has been coming in as well, so you may have caught me on TV or online in one of those. That, and maybe a few more book covers? I had the chance to work on several more. Always a good time!

Finally, if you’re in the industry, you may be familiar with the prestigious Canadian Film Center (CFC). I ended up working with them as an actor to create a teaser/pitch for one of their writer’s concept. Watch it here!

Until next time, feel free to keep an eye on my social media accounts for announcements and such!

Posted on: 22 Feb 2020
Posted by: Samy Osman

First and foremost, I’d like to share my newest film! It’s a short, three minute comedic sketch called Pogonophilia (don’t worry I didn’t know what that meant until recently). Check it out below!

I had an idea and a limited amount of time to execute. With no budget, I grabbed my camera, got another actor friend involved and the two of us made the short. We were both cast and crew, recorded each others performances and made the most out of a very small team and limited equipment. Response has been pretty great so far on Facebook!

Otherwise, between now and the last update, lots has happened! Newborn has done very well in the festival circuit, aired on CBC Toronto and will air again on CBC, in all of Canada, on September 8th at 7pm Eastern as part of the 2018 Short Film Face Off! Check it out on TV if you live in Canada, or online for free at watch.cbc.ca/live/.

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Speaking of shorts, I’ve been cast on a few more since the last update, and recently was involved in a film called Picking Things Up by actor friend Phi Huynh. I actually had fight scene with my friend who started in and produced the film. Was really fun to work together and choreograph the sequence! As for other films, I happened to play cop type roles in a few different ones. Here’s a shot from one of them, called Residue.

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I’ve also booked a few commercials and print jobs that you may have seen me in (especially if you’re in Canada), or will soon, a few more Harlequin book covers and was even a guest on a podcast! Had some pretty cool auditions, some I can’t talk about but may lead to something exciting (!) and was even sent to network by the director/producer for a series regular character on a new comedy! I was one of two people selected, but at the end they went with the other actor. Even if I didn’t get it, it was so fun working on the role, had a blast in the audition room and got really close, so I’m happy! Also, my friend Simu Liu, known as Jung from Kim’s Convenience, asked me to play a role in his video pitch for a new series called “Silver” which you can watch below!

Lastly, some changes. I’ve recently acquired a new talent agent: Amanda Rosenthal at Amanda Rosenthal Talent! Her and her hard working team have already begun getting me some auditions that might lead to some pretty cool opportunities! Also, new headshots! Actor, photographer and cinematographer friend John Bregar has captured some pretty new pictures of me. Take a look!

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That’s it for now! Hope you enjoyed the short if you had a chance to watch it and that you can catch Newborn on September 8th!

Posted on: 04 Sep 2018
Posted by: Samy Osman

If you’ve been visiting my site you’ve probably noticed I haven’t been updating it much. I’m mostly sharing things here and there through social media. Well, at least for today, that’s gonna change! A lot’s been going on since so I’ll try and stick to covering a few highlights.

Since the last update, I’ve had great times working with friends on independent projects and have plans to work on more soon, and possibly on a webseries as well! Intentionally keeping this vague as I’m not the biggest fan of talking about things before I get in front of the camera.

Speaking of indies, I’ve also made new friends working on films I’ve booked. I played the lead in one called “Newborn“. Although I can’t say much about it as it’s not yet released, I can say its message is very relevant for our times. Also, I can share this still from it!

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Halfway through last year’s summer I got my full motorcycle license along with my own bike! I’ve really been loving riding, and I’m so glad I decided to go for it and get one. Not only is it more efficient in terms of space you take up on the road, gas economy, free street parking here in Toronto, but it’s just so much fun.

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Also it’s a great way to practice being present and in the moment. No distractions like a radio, GPS navigation, your phone (hands free calls only of course)… I mean, you can set those things up, but I haven’t and sort of like it that way. It’s more of a focused experience, which can really tie into acting actually.

Back in April of this year, I posted this video which got such a strong response from my friends. I don’t really want to give anything away in case you haven’t seen it yet…and because it would ruin the point of it. So here it is if you’re interested in checking it out!

Another film I worked on was a Canadian-European feature film shot in Montreal called “The Perfect Kiss” in which I play a supporting role, specifically the love interest of the lead and it should be in theaters around this Christmas/holiday season.

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Did I say it was a romantic comedy? I was laughing at some funny and sometimes quite clever moments when reading the script…and really look forward to seeing how it all turns out!

Although working on set is a great blessing, I’ve come to a have a certain mindset regarding my career; above getting parts, above getting auditions, I want to just do my thing and get better. Whether working on scenes in or out of class, helping people with their scenes and self tapes, or any other acting related work, I’m content, without having to be on set. Of course when that happens, great! However, it’s the work itself, whether or not I’m getting paid, and the growth, that I’m interested in the most.

Speaking of, somewhat recently, LB Acting Studio, where I’ve been studying non-stop for the last few years, shared some work I did in class. Check out the scenes below if you’re curious!

We also recently celebrated my acting coach Lewis Baumander’s 45 years in the business! I’m so grateful to have him as a mentor in my life. He’s turned out to be so much more than an acting teacher to me.

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Well, there’s definitely a lot that I left out but I wanted to at least take the time to share and reflect on a few things. I’ll keep up with the occasional updates on social media for now and thanks for the interest in my career!

Posted on: 01 Jul 2017
Posted by: Samy Osman

Although I’ve somewhat been sharing what I’ve been up to, mostly through my Twitter account, I haven’t written a proper blog entry in over a year! I figure it’s time to write about some recent news.

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I had mentioned a few months back that I landed a role on the show Saving Hope. Had a great time being on set! The cast and crew were very hospitable (no pun intended, the show being set in a hospital). Some of the regular cast even recorded a video to say hi to my mom (thanks Benjamin Ayres and Julia Taylor Ross)! Actually, the episode, titled Sympathy for the Devil, will be airing soon; specifically September 24th, 2015. So tune in if you can and catch me playing “Sam”! That’s right, just like I was called “Sammy” in the recurring role on Nikita, I once again played a character whose name resembled my own.

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Once again, some Clean Break news! The feature film in which I play the leading man, Cam Dawson, is now available on physical DVDs! Looks like it’s only in the US for now…and you should be able to find it in some stores as well as online. Of course, it’s still available digitally in Canada and the US (on platforms such as iTunes, etc.).

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Now for something you haven’t heard of yet, as I don’t think I mentioned this before… Shavasana is a short film I was involved with a little while back. That picture above is actually a still from the film. I was quite impressed with it and can understand why it’s been selected to premiere in the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia! It will be shown on both September 19th and the 22nd along with other short films…so I encourage you to check it out if you’re in the area during that time! The fact that my character name is “John” and that I will be the one with the most prominent beard (as you can see from the still) is probably the most I can say about it. That and it was fun to shoot. Hoping for more screenings in the future!

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Almost forgot, the episode of Mayday (aka “Air Emergency”) I was in had aired a little while ago in Canada, the UK and other places (I was reminded that it’s an internationally watched show). In season 14, episode 9, called “Third Time Unlucky” or “No Clear Options” in Canada, I played “Captain Jordi Lopez”, from Spain, with accent and all. If you’re curious about checking out the episode, you’ll have to keep an eye out for re-runs!

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I’ve had other great jobs over the last year or so, from book covers, print jobs to independent film work, a music video (called “Shake it Off” and not by Taylor Swift but Rezonate), doubling and stunt work. Really thankful for the work, the experiences, people I’ve met and reconnected with. I’ve also been keeping busy with ongoing acting classes, martial arts and stunt training, along with some edged weapon, firearm, tactical training as well. I feel as if things are just getting better and better!

I leave you with this video explaining my process of getting into character…a particular one. Not to be taken too seriously which you will know if you’ve seen my other 0:15 videos!

Posted on: 25 Aug 2015
Posted by: Samy Osman

Clean Break starring Tianna Nori, Samy Osman and Sean Kaufmann is now available to own or rent on iTunes.

As the title indicates, the psychological thriller, Clean Break can now be digitally rented or purchased via iTunes starting today! It’s also available through video on demand through Rogers, Telus and Shaw across Canada! Also, I thought I’d share that it won Best Drama Feature Film at the 2013 Atlanta Horror Film Festival (American Premiere) and had its Canadian Premiere at the 2013 Blood in the Snow Film Festival, opening to a sold out crowd…but enough talk, check out the trailer below!

This feature length film stars Tianna Nori, myself and Sean Kaufmann with the supporting cast including Leora Morris, Serge Plourde and even Brad Smith, the first Canadian Bachelor from “The Bachelor Canada” and is directed by Tricia Lee, written by Corey Brown and produced by Jordan Gross and Geordie Sabbagh.

Here’s a little write up, mostly from Clean Break’s Facebook page:

You can choose your roommates, but you can’t choose their girlfriends.

For Cam Dawson (Samy Osman) and his two housemates, Scott (Sean Kaufmann) and Dan (Serge Plourde), life is a constant party. There are no rules, no boundaries and, most importantly, no commitments the morning after. It’s a perfect living arrangement…until Scott meets Tracy (Tianna Nori).

While Cam tries to convince Scott he’s making a huge mistake, Tracy will stop at nothing for the perfect relationship and will get rid of anyone who stands in her way. In this psychological thriller, one-night-stands are fleeting…but you can take love to the grave.

If this sounds like something you’d like to watch, then this film may be for you! Search “Clean Break” (or even my name if you’d like) on iTunes and rent or purchase it today! It’s also worth mentioning that, as it stands, when I check out the “Movies” section of iTunes, I see it on the first row (second from the right) of the front page under “New & Noteworthy”!

Clean Break is now available on to own or rent iTunes, and currently on the home page of Movies.

Finally, I’d like to wish a happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!

Posted on: 01 Jul 2014
Posted by: 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

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:

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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

It’s been awhile since I last updated my site, but not to worry; I’ve been keeping busy! I’m actually days away from moving, which is quite the process (just finding a place to my liking has been pretty time consuming). The reason for this? They’re shooting an episode of “Holmes on Homes” in the house I currently live in, which means Mike Holmes and his team are going to renovate it. They already came by to shoot the per-renovations segments with the homeowners, and I made a little cameo…which will be my first time on a reality TV show if I’m not mistaken.

Why am I moving because of this? Well, since the house needs to be empty in order for them to work on it, I decided to move out and try something new. The alternative is to put my stuff in storage, find short term accommodations (could be up to two months) and move back in. Instead, I figured I should try and experience life in an apartment building. Except for a few weeks/months here and there overseas, I’ve always lived in a house…and in this case, a self contained apartment on a level of a home. It’s bittersweet as I’m really happy for the family, being on the show and getting their house fixed up…but having been here for almost three and a half years, we’ve become friends and it’s not going to be the same without them. To be honest, I never saw them as my landlords but always as my neighbors and friends.

Now was is this “BMW spec ad” I mentioned in the title? Well, a while ago…actually back in October of 2010, William Barber shot a video with a very interesting concept. One, that he had told me about years ago when we were both living in the Ottawa area; I had been looking forward to being a part of it ever since. I actually briefly talked about it here but only yesterday when I worked with Will again on yet another spec ad, did I ask him about the BMW video. He told me it’s been up on YouTube for almost a year now…and has over half a million views as I write this! Check it out here or just above this paragraph.

So other than video I acted in yesterday (all I’ll say for now is that it involves feathers and slow motion), since the last update I’ve worked on mostly corporate and advertising work. I’ve also been offered a lead role in a short film which I unfortunately had to turn down due to scheduling conflicts. However, I do have another upcoming lead role in yet another short which I look forward to shooting. That and we’re planning to finish up Kevin McMillan‘s TV pilot “Lost and Found in Beijing” my with co-star Daniel Lavigne. Finally, I’m almost ready to start putting together my new website and working on some of my own projects and collaborations…but that will all have to wait until after I get settled into my new place!

Posted on: 04 Mar 2012
Posted by: Samy Osman

After coming back to Toronto from the holidays spent back home, I got straight to working on getting this short comedic film done. I had already written the script and built my team of cast and crew members towards the end of last year; it was just a matter of setting a date to shoot it and going through final preparations.

Well we did! Just over a week ago…we spent two days to shoot the film and everyday between the end of the shoot and the release of the video, I’ve been working on it (mostly editing and other post production tasks). Working on it all day, day after day…but it’s finally ready! Check out the Friendship Upgrade video page for more information about it including who was involved in making this possible. Hope you enjoy it and a huge thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to help me make this happen!

Also, feel free to share it and like/favorite/leave a comment on the YouTube page if you think it’s worthy of any of those! If that’s the case, then why not subscribe to my channel so you’ll know when I upload new videos!

Posted on: 16 Jan 2012
Posted by: Samy Osman