Thursday, July 2, 2015
! ActorsE Chat – Writer Director Samuel Gonzalez Jr with Host Julie-Kathleen Langan
ActorsE Chat – Writer Director Samuel Gonzalez Jr with Host Julie-Kathleen Langan
Samuel Gonzalez Jr. is a writer and director, originally hailing from Bronx, New York. Samuel was raised in sunny Central Florida and became interested in film at a young age. Samuel spent a lot of time with his friends making home movies and through making films, he shared many stories.
Samuel enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school. Since there was no money for him to pay for film school, this seemed a likely alternative to help him pay for school. Samuel was quickly deployed to Iraq following his basic training, and entered combat almost immediately. During his deployment in Iraq, Gonzalez and his battalion endured an ambush in which he lost his best friend. As a result of his quick thinking, sacrifice and bravery during the attack, Samuel received the Army Commendation Medal with Valor. Samuel grew from his experiences and used his daily life experiences using video cameras from back home.
Upon his return from battle, Samuel enrolled in school at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. During his attendance, Samuel developed his skills and caught the eye of a renowned Hollywood photographer, Matthew Rolston, who would become Samuel’s mentor. This soon led to Samuel’s work expanding and garnering him many new opportunities in music, television and film. While completing a rigorous professional shooting schedule, Samuel was able to shoot 23 short films and several commercials. His career has just taken off and he has been noted by many in the industry as someone who is up and coming and a sought after director.
Samuel completed his education and graduated from Art Center College of Design in August 2013.