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May 10, 2014

Oakwood native finds success in New York City film industry


Oakwood native Dorell Anthony is living the dream.

Living in New York City since 2010, Anthony, 25, has already written and starred in two horror films, had a guest role on the “All My Children” online reboot and is now releasing a soap opera web series that he created with the film production company he operates with his two business partners.

And if that isn't cool enough, the full service in-house film, video and theatrical production company based in New York City, 3 of a Kind Productions, LLC, recently had the opportunity to make a indie short film starring “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston titled “Writer's Block.”

Now let's rewind:


Anthony's Beginnings

Anthony graduated from Oakwood High School in 2006, from Tyler Junior College in 2008 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in acting in 2010 from Texas State University in San Marcos.

While at Texas State University, he wrote “Homecoming I,” a horror film. Shortly after moving to NYC in 2010, he had the inspiration to continue the story, and wrote “Homecoming II” in a matter of days. The independent films are currently making their rounds in the film festivals.

Living in New York City, Anthony has kept busy the last few years attending auditions and acting classes. He starred in his first off-Broadway production “Nobody Heard Me Cry” back in 2010.

Doing background work for the “All My Children” soap opera web series reboot last year, Anthony starred in four episodes recently.

“I was doing background work and got upgraded. I got to play one of three bullies. I learned during that time that those working on a soap are some of the hardest working in the industry. You work 12 to 14 hour days learning lines you were given the night before and waking up early for 6 a.m. shoots,” Anthony said.

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