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‘Big Words’ actor Darien Sills-Evans supports arts in schools


​For nearly 20 years, Darien Sills-Evans has been honing his acting chops. Having made guest appearances on “New York Undercover,” “The Cosby Show” (playing Darien) and “Law & Order,” Sills-Evans, who plays Malik in the new drama Big Words, is using his gift. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-reared actor, filmmaker and stand-up comedian has been recognized for his talent, winning the Method Fest’s LA Weekly Award for Best Screenplay, the CCI Digital Award for Best Ensemble Cast, and The Film Finders Maverick Award for Quality Low-Budget Film.

Here, he talks about his inspiration, why art should remain a subject in school and his favorite things.

Do you most often actively seek inspiration or does it find you? Or is it a combination of the two?
Inspiration finds you often when you are least looking for it … like love … or the IRS. I’m constantly working on my own projects, while keeping an eye open for the next thing that will light a fire in my imagination.

What led you to art in general and to your art form in particular?
I grew up in New York, arguably the art capital of the world. Art, in all its disciplines, has always been a part of my life. My mother was extremely supportive of me.

Name three books, works, performances or exhibits that changed how you view life. 

A Choice of Weapons, Another Country and Star Trek

What role does art have in the community? What role would you like to see art play in the community?
As a child, art was a major part of the school curriculum and that is no longer true for today’s student. The place of art in the community and schools should be clear in that it allows our children to view the world through a different perspective. Art forces us to asks questions and think about who we are, not just on a personal, but universal level. Children should still be allowed to have this discussion in school. Instead, art programs are seen as a waste of time or worse yet, a direct line to secularism.

Please define your personal brand.

Black, bald, bespectacled.

What is your favorite vacation destination and why?
Sadly, I haven’t had a vacation in almost 15 years. So, I’m due. That said, generally my favorite getaway destination is the Arclight in Hollywood.

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