“To feed this hunger for culture, knowledge, and experience– of course I see myself on TV.” said Sean Justin Xavier Scott as he looks at front cover of People Magazine. “In five years, at 29, I see myself traveling. It’s really important to me.”
“I would love to be in a theatre or film production company, whether my own or someone else. Working, creating and exploring other cultures through the medium of performance. I say performance because it is an overall umbrella; there are many lanes in performance. I cannot choose a lane because I am admittedly good at all. My brain and heart is always busy, travel is very important to me.”
The Scarsdale resident is a Personal Assistant at The Bob McAndrew Studio for international coach of film and television, Bob McAndrew.
In his early years, Scott would make homemade movies before high school. He adopted a Manga, Japanese comics, and turned them into movies.
Scott remembers a middle school relationship with Nishell Falcone, who introduced Scott to film and acting. It was through Falcone, Scott met Claudia White, his first voice and acting coach.
“Starting from high school, my first leading role was Sean Scott, The Cheerleader” as Scott makes comparison to the movie “Bring It On.” My high school had no theatre, nothing!”
“At twenty-four, I’ve realized cheerleading was practicing a performance.”
Scott wanted to attend University of Delaware for cheerleading but sprained his ankle in high school. “My mother intimated me about money and finances with college so I applied to six CUNY schools, some theatre programs, and SUNY Purchase.
He attended Westchester Community College for media communications. It was there he saw the play Romeo & Juliet and everything changed. “You can’t ignore classics!” said Scott.
Beginning in SUNY Westchester then transferring to New York Conservatory for Domestic Arts, Scott overcame his obstacles.
During the second semester, he changed to Performing Arts and took Acting I. At this point Scott focused on obtaining all the acting information he could. He joined drama clubs and dedicated all his time to it. “I would’ve done better at a four-year conservatory,” said Scott.
Scott states he faced obstacles in a college. He remembers and quotes Department Chairman, Steve Riedel, “You can learn about the stars instead of being one.”
Despite how he felt, SUNY Westchester had provided the experience he required. He worked with directors from Sarah Lawrence College and Manhattan and performed in many plays.
“Yes a hot tottie would be nice,” is Scott’s favorite line from Ken Gorman’s, “Neil’s Simmons Rumors Farce.” This was one of Scott’s first plays at SUNY Westchester. Scott remained consistent in his work and did various other plays. “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” where he played Schroder, a blonde-haired boy, ironically since Scott is black.
Scott’s first lead was “Ragtime,” with the music department at SUNY Westchester.
Apart from plays, Scott also did showcases. “We’re talking 6-8 shows in a year,” Scott stated.
“Recently in the last two years I did, “Urinetown The Musical,” The White Plains Performing Arts musical of Aida, my first off-Broadway show “All My Struggles” and “Little House on the Ferry,” just to name a few.”
Over the summer of 2011, Scott worked for a workshop at the Music Conservatory in White Plains. This was a six-week musical theatre intensive program for children. While working with two Broadway vets and a music director Scott states, “They helped me realize I’m not musical theatre, it wasn’t my passion.”
Scott has recently worked on two films, “Wedding Day,” with Peter Sterling and a forty-eight hour Pittsburgh film. In addition, he has casted two short films and is working on a feature film this summer.
Scott believes, life experiences, pain, love; hurt and joy master his connectivity to people.
Stay tuned for the follow-up!