Actor tries his luck on other side of the camera
One Toronto actor and young entrepreneur knows how competitive the acting world can be, but that won’t stop him from trying to succeed in it.
At 21, Ali Mukaddam is on the fast track to fame on both sides of the camera. After acting for nine years, he’s decided to start his own film company Young Son Productions this year and create his own untitled short film.
His film is a modern tragedy with all of the main ingredients: a dash of life, a dollop of love, and death for dessert. Through ACTRA’s (Canada’s Actor’s Union) co-op program he was able to get a number of established actors for his first untitled film, including Kyle Schmid (History of Violence); Aubrey Graham (Degrassi: The Next Generation); Jonathan Malen (Take the Lead), and Tara Hall (former Miss Canada 2003).
“I’m floating right now, I’m so excited about my film,” beams Mukaddam. “The actors involved are really why this project is doing so well.”
Although the cooperative program helps Mukaddam get access to trained and experienced actors for his project, he’s still had to take money out of his own pocket to fund the film. So far, he’s spent over 3,000 on equipment, catering, and other necessities.
But for Mukaddam, the venture is worth the risk — a risk he’s faced in the industry before.
He began acting when he was 12 and joined the Newton Landry Management Inc. agency.
“A friend got me interested in acting and it just went from there,” Mukaddam says.
His first job was for a McDonald’s commercial when he was 13, where Wayne Gretzky made an appearance.
Mukaddam was impressed by the industry, but his commercial shots were left on the cutting room floor.
Although Mukaddam was discouraged, he pushed forward and didn’t give up on his talent.
To date, Mukaddam has made a name for himself in several Canadian television shows. He played jokester Ray in the 2003 TV series Radio Free Roscoe, and made appearances in popular teen show Degrassi: The Next Generation. Mukaddam has also made voice appearances in hit kid shows like Angela Anaconda and I Was A Sixth Grade Alien.
Now as Mukaddam ventures down the path of becoming a producers, he knows there will be more obstacles in his way.
“Whatever you do, you have to do your best — it sounds a little corny but it’s true,” Mukaddam says. “There will be obstacles, but it makes you work harder for what you want.”
For more on Ali Mukaddam and Young Son Productions e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.