Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2022. 10:40 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Belizean actor living in Los Angeles, Kareem Ferguson, was recently featured in episode 3 of HBO’s new drama series “Winning Time”, chronicling the rise of the 1980s ‘Showtime’ Laker dynasty, as dapper fashionista, Clarence.
In his scene-stealing appearance, Ferguson plays the manager of the clothing store owned by then-Lakers point guard “Storming” Norman Nixon, who takes a young Earvin “Magic” Johnson, played by Quincy Isiah, to Clarence for a wardrobe upgrade.
“Lord, giving my eyes a stroke,” says Ferguson’s character as Magic enters the store, not yet accustomed to the ways of Hollywood glamor. “You are not going to find Mr. Goodbar looking like that,” Clarence says as Magic protests, “I look good”. A scene later, Magic and Norm are seen riding in a limo looking glitzy as per Clarence’s assistance.
“My manager submitted my headshot and resume for consideration to the casting director for this particular HBO show. They offered me an audition by sending some ‘sides’ basically a portion of the script for me to record on video and send back to casting via my manager. Apparently, they liked how I interpreted the role and offered me the job,” Ferguson exclusively told Breaking Belize News about landing the role.
“It was a dope experience. To get dressed up in period costumes, wear a hairpiece, create a character for an era of time when I was a baby in my real life was cool. Plus to be working for HBO one of the most influential television and movie networks was a win. I am so grateful. The main actors of the show welcomed me. It was a fun time playing with them. The Director is a fellow Caribbean brother from Jamaica, Damian Marcano, mad talented and supportive. I hope to work with him again,” Ferguson elaborated on the experience.
Besides acting, Ferguson is a writer, producer, and director himself. Speaking of other projects of his, Ferguson told us, “I actually did an audiobook version of a recently published novel ‘The Actual Star’ by Monica Byrne. The story is set in our beautiful Belize. I get to speak Kriol as well as English.”
“Just this month I have a movie TETHERED that was in the theaters and now also on available by video on demand, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and other streaming platforms. You can see me as a completely different character and I am one of the main characters in this film. The movie has just been released in North America and the United Kingdom. Stay tuned for distribution announcements in Asia-Pacific, Africa, and other territories including the Caribbean. So your audience can check out those projects,” he continued.
As for international doors opening for Belizean talent, Ferguson said the proliferation of social media has helped to expose many talented folks in the Jewel. “Quite often on the internet, I come across some really talented Belizean performers, actors, actresses, musicians, visual artists, writers, etc. I am inspired to continue leveling up my artistry. The entertainment industry is vibrant. It is a business and it is rigorous. There is so much detailed work, long workdays that happen behind the scenes and outside of glittering lights that must be done before the public get’s to see great acting, cinematography, set design, hair, make-up, and costumes on small or big screens. You have to love it to do it. It is a machine, a business of art. I do not only believe, I know Belize will only continue to gain notice in Hollywood as more projects are being shot in the Jewel and some really famous people are visiting the country and highlighting its geographical and cultural wonders.”
To keep up on all Kareem’s activities follow him on social media at @KareemFerguson on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Breaking Belize News congratulates Kareem on all his success and wishes him the best in all his upcoming endeavors!
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