Category Archives: Television

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

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

I’ve been given a copy of the video and have permission to share it with you! Here is Tim Hortons’ 2013 Holiday Canadian national TV commercial called “Gift of Coffee” (also refereed to as the “Hi” commercial) featuring the Limited Edition Coffee Mug:

Starring Parveen Kaur and Samy Osman.

Directed by Patrice Sauvé
Client: Tim Hortons
Agency: JWT
Agency Producer: Christie Grant
Copywriter: Tyler Schell
Production: JET Films
Editor: Brian Williams
Song: Landon Pigg – Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop

A JWT Toronto, JWT Montreal and Jet Films collaboration, edited by Poster Boy.

Shot in Montreal, Quebec, Canada during the month of November 2013.

Posted on: 09 Dec 2013
Posted by: Samy Osman

On December 2nd, this season’s holiday Tim Hortons “Gift of Coffee” / “Hi” commercial (featuring the Limited Edition Coffee Mug) came on the air here in Canada to such a positive response! In it, I play the leading man, running into the leading girl at various times throughout the 30 seconds.

Samy Osman as the male lead in the 2013 Holiday Tim Hortons Commercial

How to gauge how people feel about a TV commercial, especially when it’s not online (on YouTube for example), other than hearing from your friends and family (who’s opinion are just as important of course)? Well I turned to a Twitter search* and here’s a sample of what I found:

Twitter response of the 2013 Tim Hortons holiday commercial captured on December 4th

This is just after less than two days of being on the air! You can see for yourself and try this search, it may still be relevant for the next couple of weeks: https://twitter.com/search?q=timhortons%20commercial&f=realtime*

Needless to say I’m glad to hear such positive responses for it, “melting my heart”, “pulls at my heart strings”, “warms my heart” and how it’s “so cute” makes me even happier to have been part of it! Not to mention the amazing time I had in Montreal shooting this. The cast and crew were a pleasure to work with and I really got to speak a lot French. I don’t think I’ll be saying no to future opportunities to in Montreal; I hadn’t been there in a long while and hope that not as much time go by before I visit again.

Feel free to check out my Facebook page for more stills of the commercial that I recently uploaded. You can also check them out on my Trovebox photo gallery.

*NOTE: Updated search on Dec 15th, 2013 to include different ways of referring to Tim Hortons.

Posted on: 04 Dec 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!

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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:

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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

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: ctv.ca (Canada) or cwtv.com (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
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