Young star on the rise David Bloom already has a resume that reads like a list of shows you should be associated with if you want to make it big in this industry. Bloom has appeared on shows like CSI:NY, Modern Family, Raising Hope, The Grinder, Amazon’s Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, just to name a few.
All these roles show only a fraction of the potential Bloom has to excel to the likes of comedic genius Seth MacFarlane; whom he considers amazing and would love to work with one day. This Spring, Bloom stars alongside Malcolm Jamal-Warner (American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson) and Donis Leonard Jr. (House of Lies) in the Matthew Manson written and directed short film “Wannabe” premiering at Tribeca Film Festival this week. This summer, the short will be shot as a feature film and will be packaged by the Creative Artists Agency, CAA.
“I basically got started when I did school plays over the summer and I just fell in love with it. It was such a great experience,” David Bloom said about getting his spark for the entertainment industry. I chatted with David all about his big break in the industry, balancing regular school with an excelling career, and of course his film “Wannabe.” Check out the excerpts from our chat below.
On his big break: “It could be many things. ‘Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street.’ It could be ‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,’ but I think mainly it was ‘Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street’ because it gave me like my first serious job and it was such a fun experience to shoot that and I think it just uped my career tremendously.”
On shooting ‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp’:“It was amazing on set and working with such funny people. Shooting with Michael Showalter and David Wain [series creators] it was such a fun experience.”
On Tribeca Film Festival short film ‘Wannabe’:”In the short film ‘Wannabe’ I play a kid named Daniel. He’s a neurotic Jewish kid living in 1990’s New York. He falls for Emefa, played by Chaize Macklin, who is a chill Jamaican girl who comes from a completely different world than Daniel, but they find common ground in being sort of outcasts. It’s a coming of age story and a film that was produced, written and directed wonderfully and it tells a really true story. The director’s story.”
On balancing school and work: “Oh that’s tough. It was the harder the first semester of school when I was working on my Amazon show, now it’s still pretty tough, but my set teachers definitely help me a lot. I love the school I go to and the teachers there are very accommodating of me. It’s still a large challenge because I miss so many days of school, I come back and didn’t know what I was doing in the class so, meeting with teachers after class, after school, whenever I have free periods, I found that to be really helpful. Mostly my school has been helping me get through this.”
On pursuing dreams: “Don’t give up. It may seem hard sometimes, not getting any roles, not getting anything for months, maybe even a year, but as long as you just keep trying and don’t give up something will happen. Good things will happen to you. Don’t give up.”
To keep up with David, follow him on Twitter and Instagram @DavidHBloom. If you’re in the New York City area catch him in the premiere of “Wannabe” at the Tribeca Film Festival Friday, April 15 at 9:45 PM at Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-11. Click HERE for more details.
Watch David Bloom in the trailer for the short film “Wannabe” premiering at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival below. Share your thoughts in the comments.
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