Up photo by Karissa Norfleet

Up photo by Karissa Norfleet

Lights. Camera. Action. Three words Brian O’Bonna knows all too well from acting in Canadian films and commercials. Brian took an interest in acting at the age of eight in Toronto. His sister did commercials, films and music videos in Toronto before Brian made his debut in “Plan Canada,” a non-profit poverty organization. “I signed up with an agency and started doing background extra work and from there, more principle work,” he says. Brian says his most memorable acting experience is a campaign for United Way in 2014. “The film premiered at their kickoff event on the big screen,” he says. “Watching myself on a big screen along with a theatre filled with people was pretty cool.” Brian has appeared in more than 20 films, commercials and plays, including “Ben 10 Blast N Launch,” “True Voodoo” and HBO’s “The Yard.” Brian is a long jumper on the Lamar University track team, and competed in the Canadian National Championship where he placed third. The event doubles as the Olympic trials but Brian was just short of qualification. After he graduates with a business management degree, Brian says his ultimate goal is to work on Paramount or Disney productions. “

Story and photo by Karissa Norfleet

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