We had the good fortune of connecting with Béchir Sylvain and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Béchir, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I choose to pursue this career because of my fascination with television as a child and the unexplainable high that I get when I bring life to a story when I play a character. Although acting was not my first choice due to my upbringing as a haitian kid and my love for law and wanting to be my fathers twin. It took me until college to really pursue it. I fell in love with the way we use language and our entire instrument meaning our entire body to tell a story and relay a message. I fell In love with the power of influence through movies, music, painting, and more importantly the power of expressing how you feel about things creatively and showing people a different perspective then what they are use to. I also love that I still get to use what I’ve learned in law classes In high school to do my work. I love investigating and breaking down a scene and really understand every dynamic of it, from knowing the environment, the time if it’s a period piece, the characters entire history, their education, upbringing, everything that can bring forth evidence to speak your case and bring your truth to what you are presenting. Anyway I can go on forever but that’s just some of the many reasons I pursued and still pursue art.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As I get older being Haitian American tells you all you need to know about how far I’ve come and how far I still have to go. I was born in Boston MA but was raised in haiti to until I was 13. My childhood was nothing but joy and the best times of my life. Unfortunately, in a time of political chaos we had to flee our home and come to america. From the rich history and my personal journey to this career their are so many things I can tell you on what sets me apart from everyone, but then again every artist has a unique background that will set them apart. . What I think set me apart is the specific whispers I hear from God on what he wants me to do. I know I’m here to represent my country the best way that I can but at the same time I know I’m hear to be a testimony form someone along the way. I’m very proud of everything that God has allowed me to do, but what brings me the most joy is the ones that God has allowed me to start and finish from scratch. What crazy about it is the challenges that come along the way when you are ask yo do the impossible while trying to just survive and live life and pay bills, there is no financial, mental, physical struggle I have not endured and these times use to be hunting to me now they are just reminder and a blueprint on how to do the impossible. How you ask? It starts by actually doing… yes just do it. Just do until you can’t do no more. Knowing how to start is usually the toughest part for people. Overcoming that fear of not starting correctly or not knowing what to do is probably one of the best qualities that I’m extremely proud of. I was always a huge risk taker and always ready to do… anything that my mind told me to do, and I would do it. But with that kind of attitude comes the lack of patience and also the pressure that you put on yourself when things don’t quite go your way. It can truly crush you and make you lose everything.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It took me a minute to call LA home but it grew on me. I’m love food so I would definitely take them to the downtown district and just go crazy, I love hicking so Runyon would be a must then paradise trail to convince them there’s actually water here. If the world is back on again and it’s summer a concert at the Hollywood Bolw is a must and a laker game even though I’m a heat fan is also a great time. I’m also a kid at heart so santa-Monica peer Would be fun and go to the arcade and any escape room is always a great time
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Dad Joseph Hugues Sylvain and my late gorgeous wife Shannon Helene Sylvain
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