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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

I recently booked another national TV commercial and I can now share it with you! This Listerine ad titled “Half Job” was originally planned only for the web during 2014 and 2015, but they eventually chose to air in across Canada as well. Well, on top of that, they are running it in the United States too!

It’s the first TV advertisement that I’m a part of, since joining ACTRA, that gets aired in the USA. You’ll find me playing the half-bearded man (well, the only man, one who is eventually clean shaven by the end, known as “beard guy” on set). The whole idea is you find people doing half the job of their morning routine. Shaved half their face, washed half their hair, moisturized half their face. Why? Because brushing your teeth shouldn’t be the only part of your oral health care. Check out the commercial below!

Strangely enough, about a month prior to shooting this, I had released a comedic sketch (one of my 15s videos originally created for Instagram) which…without giving too much away, had something in common with the Listerine commercial. After you watch it, it will all makes sense.

On set, they were a little worried when I went to shave half my face. I had to get it just right. I reassured them that I had done it before and that I could do it on my own. In the end, it all worked out with the clients and team being really happy with the work (both the shaving job and performance). Lots of fun on this one…and I have to say, they had this vegetarian meatloaf for lunch that blew my mind!

Henry Judge, Dave Dawson and Samy Osman on set of Mayday - The pretend pilots Henry and Samy reviving instructions from real life pilot Dave.

I also got back on the show Mayday (also referred to as Air Emergency, Air Crash Investigation and many other names)! They usually don’t like to repeat actors, but since it’s been a few years, I was invited back to audition for a part and landed it! Previously, I had played Safety Pilot O. Ozgur in the episode titled Who’s in Control? and this time, I play a Spanish Captain. It was the first time I had to learn and perform with a Spanish accent. I loved the work, the challenge, and in the end, the director was pleased with accent and the shoot went great! Saw a lot of familiar faces on set (from the previous episode of Mayday and other sets) and had fun working with a lot of good people! I believe this will be the 9th episode of the 14th season. Will provide more information closer to the air date so stay tuned!

Posted on: 18 Jul 2014
Posted by: Samy Osman

Earlier this month, Woodgreen begun their #ChangeTheConversation campaign bringing attention to the WoodGreen Homeward Bound program, asking the question “What if we cared about those living in poverty as much as we care about celebrities?”

Homeward Bound is an award-winning, 4-year program that helps homeless or struggling single mothers earn a tuition-paid college diploma, start a career, and become self-sufficient. Piloted by WoodGreen in 2004, it provides women with childcare, affordable housing, and other support- all under one roof. To date, we’ve helped 176 women with 216 children graduate and earn competitive wages in positions like law clerk, data management officer, technical service analyst, and many more.Woodgreen.org.

This campaign highlights struggling single mothers and their children through both print ads with mock celebrity magazine covers and a video which parodies celebrity gossip entertainment shows. Well, I’m actually in that video! I play the male host, alongside Michelle Argyris who starts off the show, titled Gossip Today, as the female host. Check it out below:

“Our creative is a parody of popular celebrity media culture, but instead of celebrity-focused stories, it features hard-hitting headlines about struggling single mothers and the real hardships they face each day. Learning about celebrities is fun, but we want people to recognize that there are many others who are in greater need of our attention and support. – Denise Rossetto, executive creative director at DDB Canada

Not only is it great to be a part of such a creative campaign, but the fact that it’s about making a difference, shifting our focus to important issues, makes it that much better. On top of that, I had an amazing time on set as we shot the video, working with awesome people! Plus, check out what the good folks at Woodgreen shared with me through their Twitter account:

World-wide is right! Not only has it been widely covered by many news sources in Canada, but outside of the country as well. It’s really nice to know that the message is not only getting across, but being spread as well, striving to make positive changes. Again, I’m really glad to have had a chance to play a small part of this campaign. A job well done to all involved!

Posted on: 21 Jan 2014
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

First off, check out this video before you read on. You’ll see why…

What could we possibly be talking about? Can it really be what most people are thinking as they watch the video? Well hopefully you’ve seen it by now so I don’t “spoil” it. It’s actually Contiki Canada’s newest online video campaign. What we’re talking about is going on a trip with Contiki! That’s what we’ve done, and have done with “a whole bunch of people” as they specialize in creating travel experiences for groups of people.

This was directed by my friend Trevor Francis who I’ve gotten to know after working with him on the Corel video as well as a Much Music commercial. What’s great about the rapport we share is that he also sees me as a creative person, which makes him open to ideas that I have. It’s such a blessing to work with a director like that… And, as a result of this, the line I deliver in the video was a suggestion I had, which ended up working pretty well!

As for Harlequin news, I was shot in two new book covers…which now brings my total to 8! Once again, I worked with Robert Goshgarian and I really hope to continue to work with him and his team at the rate I’ve been so far this year. It’s always a great time and good seeing those guys again!

Posted on: 22 Feb 2011
Posted by: Samy Osman

Already? Another year over…and what a great one! Highlights include appearing in episodes of Flashpoint and Mayday, a role in the opening of a movie of the week called The Last Jinn, cool commercial projects such as the one we did for Carnival Cruise (getting paid to go on a Cruise, nice!) and a funny Dentyne Internet video skit, lead roles in multiple TV pilots, directing my first short film which I titled Forsaken, a supporting lead role in an Ottawa feature, few Harlequin cover appearances (those are always fun) and much more, in and outside of the film/TV/modeling world! I have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to, but at the same time, enjoying the day to day journey.

Now to talk about a few things I haven’t even mentioned yet! Check out this picture, it’s a still from William Barber’s latest reel.

Still shot of Samy from Will's Demo Reel
One of the projects showcased is his BMW Soul Spec ad. Once post production on the commercial is completed, I’ll be happy to put it up here. It’s a pretty cool concept and I look forward to sharing it!

Since coming back from the cruise, I was involved in a web ad for Contiki where I worked with Trevor Francis again, for the third time. He actually brought up the fact that every time I auditioned for one of his project, I was offered a job! Speaking of commercials, I volunteered in a 3D PSA (public service announcement) for WildAid which was a blast to shoot and the first 3D project I’ve been involved in. I also made an appearance in a few corporate videos, did some voiceover work and had modeling jobs here and there. Got some new shots as well (I’ve put three new photos in the Pictures section)!

Unfortunately, without going into details, something happened in the end of November which prevented me from doing on camera work and auditions. Thankfully, all is well now and I will make up for lost work in the new year! Speaking of, in January or February, we plan to shoot the first episode of a web show in which I would play the main character. I don’t want to give away too much right now, but I’ve been working on the creative end (co-creating the show, writing the first episode, etc.) which has been very exciting. On that note, I wish you all the best in the new year! Happy 2011!

Posted on: 31 Dec 2010
Posted by: Samy Osman

I’ve been back for almost 2 weeks now and I’ve finally decided to take time to write about my trip! I had work pretty much waiting for me (spec car commercial, voice over, corporate video) and quite a few auditions, so I didn’t find (or make) the time to do this all right away. Now, without further delay, here’s a somewhat short summary of my Caribbean cruise commercial shoot!

First of all, getting to the ship. We were flown from Toronto to Orlando, Florida and stayed in a hotel for the day/night. The room was nice and big while the outdoor common area had a pool, hot tub, even a fish pond!Samy at the Radisson Hotel in Cape Canaveral, Florida Everything was taken care of by people from the production company (Arnold Worldwide) and Carnival Cruise Lines. To be honest, I knew we’d be treated well but they went above and beyond. Not only did they cover all expenses (taxi, hotel, food off the ship and the cruise itself), they were really good to us…and all of them easy to work with!

Now for the cruise! We boarded the Carnival Dream, one of Carnival’s biggest ships (if not the biggest). It was so huge…Carnival Dream Cruise Shipwe spotted it from the bus drive way before we got to it. Inside; even bigger! There was so much there, great open areas, lots places to eat, live entertainment venues, night clubs, a gym, a 18 hole mini-put course, etc. Believe me, the way I’m describing it probably isn’t doing it justice. You had everything you needed to keep you busy for well over a week, plus all the food you could eat! Not to mention tons of planned events and activities.

Our team was formed by the production crew, the client (Carnival) and the talent, or actors if you will, consisting of three real families and two married couples. No, I’m not actually married,Samy and Andrea, on the ship docked in the Caribbean but my role was the husband in one of the couples. I actually wore a wedding band for most of the trip as not to forget it when the time came to shoot some footage! You can see my lovely “wife” Andrea in the picture on the left. No exaggeration, the whole team seemed to get along with each other, and friendships were formed between a lot of us over the week. We couldn’t of asked for a much better group of people to work with.

It didn’t feel like Andrea and I had to work really hard. We had to get up early on most days, but had a couple full days off as well. We were in a scene watching a movie on the huge outdoor screen, hanging out on the ship, checking out the comedy club, etc.Samy and Andrea on a Caribbean Beach Actually, on one of the days we ported, they shot us Para-sailing! So basically we had a good time while we worked AND while we didn’t! Every time we ported, we ended up getting off the ship and every time we ended up on a beach at some point. The water there was so beautiful and clean. We walked around a lot, and visited the islands as much as we could. On the boat, we never had a dull moment. Can you believe that, other than all the things I’ve already mentioned, the boat had an outdoor water park with a giant water slide!?

Needless to say, this was one of the most exciting jobs I’ve had since I started my career. Oh did I forget to mention that, on top of getting all this for free, we got paid? Yep, it’s a hard life guys! But seriously, a lot of work goes into this career, and this is one of the great rewards I’ve had. The footage will be used for a TV commercial along with some online videos, etc. So keep an eye open for it and I will link you to whatever I find!

Posted on: 14 Oct 2010
Posted by: Samy Osman

In mid March, I mentioned an Internet video I did for Dentyne. Well, their website has been redone, released and features the video! But of course, for your convenience, I have it right here:

Enjoyed it? Check out the other four videos featuring different couples at Dentyne.ca! Got a pack of their gum and a webcam? You can try an interactive feature where you can…uhh let’s just say “interact”…with any of the 5 guys or 5 girls! I haven’t tried this one myself yet, but as soon as I get a pack I will!

Posted on: 13 Apr 2010
Posted by: Samy Osman

Samy as "Mike" on set of FlashpointThings have been going good for me recently…the highlight would have to be being cast in an episode of Flashpoint! That’s right, I played a “bad guy” named Mike, and got to be a part of some fun action sequences! Did I get to shoot a gun? Yep, a real one, but with blank bullets. The one featured in the picture on the left isn’t the one used, that one is fake. You’re gonna have to watch the episode to see the real one!

It was one of the biggest sets I’ve been on so far, in terms of sheer amount of people and organization involved. So much happens behind the scenes of a day (out of usually seven) of shooting an episode for this show. It was great being a part of it (I had three days on set: March 5th, 8th and 9th).

Directing the episode (named “The Other Lane”) was a funny and passionate Erik Canuel. As a part of the arms dealers, I played alongside Ian Tracey, Colin Cunningham, Stefano DiMatteo and Jeff Parazzo. As for interacting with the good guys (the “SRU” team as they’re known in the show), I ended up having a confrontation with Amy Jo Johnson and David Paetkau (not in real life, but in the episode of course)!

Everyone was a pleasure to hang out and work with. We had some long days and nights, but in the end I was doing something that I really enjoyed. Since I had a small part, I mostly had free time on set, so I caught up on some reading, etc. It was kind of like waiting for a awesome roller-coaster ride… In the end, when you get your time in front of the camera, it was all worth it. Actually…okay I had more on set time than it may seem, but the analogy still stands. I had a blast! Speaking of, check out these videos of Colin performing some cool magic tricks with forks!

Although exciting, those awesome three days weren’t all that I’ve done since the last time I wrote an update. I had an amazing time shooting an internet video (coming soon) for Dentyne, had a role in a film like training video, played a part in other corporate videos and events, had a few voice-over jobs, and landed some print work! As I had mentioned before, the last few weeks have been good!

Posted on: 15 Mar 2010
Posted by: Samy Osman

The Snack Guru is back, in a new 60 seconds edit for the new Doritos Viralocity contest! Check it out below:

First prize gets $100,000! BUT, if we collect enough points, Doritos will give $250,000! Want to help us get those points? I’d love that! Go to http://bit.ly/9xYXle and play it over there. Then, give it 5 stars, favorite it, and share it! Use the that link (http://bit.ly/9xYXle) to spread it around. Make this video viral… I mean that’s why it’s called Viralocity!

Have Facebook? Use the Facebook connect option and make sure you use the blue share button, right below the video on the left and have it post a link on your profile! Got Twitter? Use the green retweet button right next to it and it will write the tweet for you, complete with link to the video! Know people that live in a country other than Canada? Extra points when they watch this video!

Also notice how I’ve embedded the video on my page? This gets us extra points too! So if you got a website, feel free to do the same. You know what they say, the more, the merrier!

I appreciate the help and support to get us those points and bring our video to the top! So don’t hesitate to share share share! Email your family, friends, co-workers, rate it, favorite it, use Facebook and Twitter if you have accounts, embed the video on your website if you have one… and any other ways to help us win. Here’s a handy image to help. Thank you all!

Posted on: 21 Feb 2010
Posted by: Samy Osman
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