Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 19th 2015 Contents A30
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Some of Arthur s other career highlights have been
working with the German Werner Herzog, an iconic
director who has done groundbreaking documentaries
and films going back to the 70s, in My Son, My Son
What Have Ye Done? and Bad Lieutenant Port Of
Call: New Orleans, where he worked alongside one
of his idols, Nicolas Cage.
Arthur left T&T for the US in 1990 at the age of
14. He left with his mother, a retired district nurse,
to join his elder siblings there. His father, now a
retired police inspector, remained in T&T.
The transition for Arthur was not easy.
"We had gone to Harlem because one of my sisters
had a job there working as a social worker. So at one
point there were five of us living in her small one-
bedroom apartment. My bed was a sleeping bag in
the living room next to my mom and two other sis-
ters," he recalled.
"I remember hating the cold, the attitudes of
people in the hood, the noise, the smell of mice, the
feel of mice which would occasionally run over me
at night. It was miserable.
"My introduction to Harlem was seeing a kid my
age get beat up by about 30 kids on the basketball
court on my second day in the neighbourhood. I was
teased a lot and it made me stick to myself. I read
comic books and watched a lot of TV, which is why
I started doing early imitations of actors I liked."
Arthur initially wanted to be an inventor or a sci-
entist. By the time he got accepted to college at Ford-
ham University, however, he had no idea what he
wanted to do.
But he said that changed after meeting one of his
freshman year roommates, Michael, known as "Mr
Theatre," acting in a play called Three Penny Opera.
His mind was made up then, but it took Arthur
two more years of knocking about school and taking
non major acting classes before he decided to become
a professional actor.
"By the time I graduated, I was Mr Theatre too,
writing and directing plays, acting on the mainstage
and in the black box. I even tried to direct Playboy
of The West Indies by Trini-born Matura Mustapha,
but we didn t have enough Black and Indian descent
actors in the department," Arthur said.
When Arthur graduated from Fordham he got cast
in a small touring theater company that did educa-
tional plays in schools across America.
Moving to LA, Arthur had to hustle up day job
work, find an agent to get him auditions, and find
a way to get into the acting union. At one point he
had about six jobs at once.
During his career, Arthur has worked with the likes
of Kevin Mckidd, when he did an episode of Grey s
Anatomy, Katy Bates, Patricia Arquette, Zach Braff
and Charisma Carpenter.
He has also won a 2013 NAACP best theatre ensem-
ble award for Lower Depth Theatre s production of
Kwame Kwei Armah s Elmina s Kitchen - a play
about West Indians living in a tough neighborhood
"My dreams have always been very clear about
making a living as an actor. Every job I get I cherish
because I m getting paid to do what I love.
"I did it for free for so many years that getting
paid is icing on the cake. Though, like in any career,
it is a hustle, and you have to accept that to survive,
and thrive," Arthur said.
Arthur s next dream is to stand on the stage at the
Academy Awards with an Oscar in his hand and to
thank his homeland for its support.
He hopes too to work with some of his acting idols
- Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Johnny Depp,
Robert Downey Jr, Idris Elba and Arnold Schwarzeneg-
ger to name a few - and directing idols Steven Spiel-
berg, Danny Boyle and Louis Leterrierk.
Arthur said he would also love to collaborate/create
some original programming in T&T with local tal-
"I know there s some great web content already
on the internet, but with all the violence and strife
going on we need many more positive images and
role models in entertainment on Caribbean televi-
Arthur is currently a career coach and is getting
Trini-born US actor Noel Arthur shares a moment
with fellow actress Katy Bates, one of his idols.
ready to launch a Web site soon to be
able to coach internationally.
His advice: "Believe 100 per cent in
yourself to realise your dreams while
staying humble and positive as you do
it. Focus on the passion for your work
and developing your unique voice. And
also think about accomplishing at least
one goal outside of just serving yourself.
Something that helps others."
He also urged artists and actors to
continue to create their own content
and use the internet to spread their work.
"We have so much technology at our
hands now that we don t need to wait
for someone else to make our own star-
ring vehicles or speak out on something
we feel passionate about."
He, along with one of his business
partners, have an environment friendly
web series which was recently launched
on YouTube called "Zero Impact
The series is about an Eco nerd who
has zero impact on the environment,
and on women.
"No one s talking about Eco issues
in a funny, inviting way, so we are."
To see more of Noel Arthur, his acting reel is up on my
YouTube page under "Noel Arthur Acting Reel 2015"
and everyone can follow him on Twitter, his FB fan
page, and Instagram under NoelActor.
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