Willie James Warren Jr.
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Willie James Warren Jr. was born November 2nd 1980 in East Cleveland Ohio, the second oldest of three daughters and two sons of Willie James Warren and Tracey Anne Warren. After traveling and studying abroad as a U.S. Student Ambassador to Australia, New Zealand, and as an exchange student in Haibara Japan, Willie graduated from Beachwood High school in 1999. He immediately declared himself a Marine Biology Major and chose to study on academic scholarship at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg Florida. Read more... at Bertrand Russel University for a term in Padova Italy. After returing to the America towards the end of his sophomore year, on a bet with a roommate that he couldn't walk on to the #1 NCAA football team in the nation, he applied and was accepted with a partial academic scholarship to transfer to the University of Miami Florida where he was one of two players to walk onto the Miami Hurricanes football team that year. Just after graduating with a double Major in International Finance and Marketing, Willie was preparing to go interview with Meryll Lynch and Smith & Barney Inv. when he decided he didn't want to work for anyone but himself, and he and his best friend sold all of their things and bought one way flights to Los Angeles to pursue acting June 1st 2006. He completed training at several acting studios his first four years in Hollywood including each level at Margie Haber Studio for Audition Technique, two years of Meisner training at the Baron Brown Studio Conservatory, Sitcom Comedy training at the Lesly Kahn studio, stunt, performance martial arts, and basic acro training at XMA Studio, and Stella Adler's Script analysis and Scene study at the Aquila Morong Studio. The Past two years, since finishing the bulk of his vital actor training at the conservatory, Willie has focused more on pushing himself professionally. He has focused most of his time on training and networking with local Feature Film and Television Casting Directors, Directors, and Professional reps. in workshops and showcases around Los Angeles, which is where he was discovered by his current reps at Swenson Williams Agency and Credence Talent management. Since teaming up with his current representation team he has added several credits to his acting resume including two episodes of 90210, an episode of Criminal Minds, several short films and web-series, and his latest booking is one of the leads in a Musical Theater piece with the Los Angeles based Blank Theater Company that begins shows this spring. Willie understands that success in this industry does not come easy, and being able to compete at the top means sacrifice, treating his art like it's a real job, and being willing to live now and do what most won't for however many years it takes, so that he can become an actor who lives and works like most can't for the rest of his career. When it comes to his training and growth as an artist there is nothing he won't do, and no end to his passion. That is why for the first four years he was in Hollywood he lived in a $400.00 a month motel right off the blvd, sold his car, and worked nights at three different jobs, just to keep his days free for training, auditioning, and working out. And living so modestly has financially allowed him to not have to budget anything when it comes to classes, seminars, workshops, and showcases that have added to his education. The last thing he wanted to have to do is choose between paying rent/car note, or taking a new class with someone who can help him grow artistically and possibly advance his career. Willie is one of the most professionally self-aware actors you will ever meet. He is all in when it comes to his career and he will do whatever it takes to make anything he is a part of (be it large or small) into something great. When it comes to Willie James Warren Jr, acting comes first.