Christopher Abram Raheb

Actor

Find me online:

“I am a freelancer in the entertainment industry, pursuing my primary passion of acting.”

MY ROUTE:

The Roundabout Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Actor

foundation interest 1 interest 2

My work allows me to combine the foundation of COMMUNICATING / SHARING STORIES and the interests of ACTING & THEATRE and ENTREPRENEURSHIP.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

A typical day at work involves a lot of waiting and a lot of prep time. My day actually starts the night before; that's when I'm going back over my lines, making sure I understand the script and the story, making sure I know where my audition will be held, etc. I want to be ready for any situation so I don't have any unnecessary stress when I'm reading my lines. Once on set, I'll visit hair, makeup, wardrobe, and props to get totally ready for the role, and then the day of acting truly begins.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

In the entertainment world, getting a job is less about your qualifications, and more about who you are as a person and a worker: punctuality is key, having a positive attitude is key, discipline is key. My military service laid a great foundation: I make sure that I carry out all of my work as a hybrid between a Marine and an employee of the Ritz-Carlton. You want to be a really hard-worker, but you also need to be warm and welcoming so that people will want to continue to work with you.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Actor

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Undergraduate -

What I studied NOT AT ALL RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School - Aliso Niguel High School
  • Undergraduate - University of California-Irvine, Political Science and Government, General
  • Undergraduate - University of California-Irvine, Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Undergraduate - University of California-Irvine, Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Graduate - New York Film Academy, Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Certification/License - Emergency Medical Technician

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN COLLEGE

Study the discipline that's most relevant to your pursuit, and most relevant to what you want to be, whether it's acting for film or stage, or going into producing or directing.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM MY PARENTS

“You? A Marine? An actor? You're crazy.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

I often felt like I had to stifle my artistic side in front of my family and peers. In the military, there was a certain persona you were expected to embody, so I always chose not to bring up my interest in the arts. Part of that stemmed from the fact that my parents had trouble accepting my passions: they didn't think I could be a Marine, and they thought I was flat-out crazy to pursue acting. I think my military service made me incredibly resilient, so that "noise" doesn't affect me as much.

Service Background and Insight

What branch of the military did you serve in?

Marine Corps

When did you complete active military service (ETS)? Please specify the year (YYYY).

2011

What is the highest rank you reached while in the service?

E4

What are some tips you would recommend for someone transitioning into civilian life?

When you leave, you no longer have the support of your chain of command, and it's easy to feel lost. Get yourself plugged into a new support network or community, whether it's going to college, joining a church, surrounding yourself with family, etc.

As many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war. Have you experienced PTSD, combat stress, or TBI as a result of your service?

Combat Stress

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