In this episode of A Conversation With, we sat down with Carl Gilliard. As an actor, producer, director, writer, and educator, Carl has worn many hats in the entertainment industry. Carl shared his insights on the industry, from the importance of networking to the challenges of being an artist. He also offers advice to aspiring actors and provides an inside look at his work in film and commercials.
Carl Gilliard Bio
Carl Rousseau Gilliard is the President/CEO of the Gilliard Media Group, LLC (GMG), based in Los Angeles, CA. GMG provides media consultation, casting, media content creation, publishing, coaching and entertainment production services. His wife, Latonya Gilliard, serves as Vice President of Operations.
Carl is also the Co-Creator of the Bill Duke Media Foundation’s Youth Media Camp, a non-profit organization with a distinct emphasis on offering new media arts and financial literacy to inner-city youth, ages 15 thru 18, in South Los Angeles, California.
Carl is a graduate of Michigan State University, and a native of Detroit, Michigan, by way of Chicago, Illinois. Upon moving to California, he dove into acting and landed many television and film roles, which facilitated his masterful skills in networking and forming relationships that has catapulted him into becoming extremely well-respected in the industry.
Carl has numerous film credits, including: Inception (Warner Bros), Red Eye (DreamWorks), Coach Carter (Paramount), and many television credits, including: Shameless, Greys Anatomy, Amazon’s The Last Tycoon & House, MD, just to name a few. Mr Gilliard is presently recurring on the hit action/drama, The Family Business, now streaming on BET+. He has appeared in dozens of independent short and feature films. He is also the Creator, Writer, Executive Producer and Star of the HIT digital series, Two Degrees. Season One is currently available on Facebook and YouTube as Two Degrees The Series. www.youtube.com/twodegreestheseries
Along with starring on the large and small screens, Carl has appeared in dozens of stage plays, including Ninth Wave, South Of Where We Live, The River Niger, Waiting For The Rain, The Living Quarters, and Sweet Lucy’s Love Lounge.
Carl is an accomplished NAACP Theater Award nominated Producer and Director. He produced and directed, Section 8, Power Couple Struggle, and Peace Be Still in Los Angeles. Carl also produced Steel Magnolias with the FCBC Repertory Company, the drama ministry at Faithful Central Bible Church that he founded in 2006 and led for 10 years. Steel was also nominated for multiple NAACP Theater Awards.
Carl resides in Los Angeles, with his wife and business partner, Latonya Gilliard. His children include Corinne Gilliard, a Producer and Executive at Spotify, Colin Gilliard, Musician/Director, and three Bonus children, Raven, Joshua & Jordan.
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