Payday actor makes clowning around serious business
If you have watched the movie Payday, then I’m sure you can remember laughing at Pack’s many jokes.
Chances are if you meet Damien Snappah Gibson, you would probably be laughing just as much.
That’s because Damien is much like the character he plays in the award-winning film – the comical side, that is.
He told Bajan Vibes that he has always been the “clown” in his family.
“I’m kind of a clown naturally. I’m always kind of on stage. Even at home, family members or my friends lime and I’m always the one making jokes; I’m naturally an idiot,” he said with a laugh.
But he is still surprised that he won the award for Best Supporting Actor at the Barbados Visual Media Awards.
“I didn’t expect to win. I went up against professionals like Mac Fingall and so on and they’re artistes that I always used to look up to in terms of acting and music and so on. It was a total surprise to me that I won and I am very grateful for the award,” he said.
“I have it right by my front door, so as soon as anyone comes in my house they can see. I’m showing off my award,” the actor said with a hearty laugh.
The father of one said he will never forget the experience and stressed that he was very grateful for the “simply explosive” opportunity he got in film.
“I absolutely loved it. It was great. We shot the first film within a week. We had what you would call a ‘pop slipper’ budget to work with. So because of that we all blended together like a family. We spent the whole week with everyone, especially the neighbours. Everyone in Bayfield was very open to the idea of a film shooting in their district. They gave us permission to use the houses and went along to work and who was home cooked for us. It was very exciting,” the former St Leonard’s Boys’ School student said.
He told Bajan Vibes that he is now living a life he never knew he wanted.
“Selwyne [Browne] asked me if I wanted to be on board, so from the jump I was ready. When it finally came into existence he contacted me again and sent me the script and I loved it from the time I read it. From there I was just on the ball . . . but nothing that I am doing now I didn’t have in mind for me to do.”
In fact, Damien wanted to be a veterinarian at one point.
“I like animals and that’s what I was studying for. Then I wanted to be an accountant, so I studied for that. I just happened to get into entertainment and I can’t get out now. I do like the acting, I like the camera. I love taking on other characters and bringing them to life. It’s very exciting and I’m looking forward to doing many more films,” the witty actor said.
And since being in his first film, it has opened many other doors for the graphic artist.
“They’re a few other scripts that were sent to me . . . and I believe I am interested too. I read the scripts and they are very good scripts; I’m going to get involved. Because of the film doing so well, I have now ventured into stand-up comedy. I have done some shows in St Lawrence Gap and also did some bachelorette parties. I love performing for the girls,” he told Bajan Vibes.
Damien credited his success to the support of his very close-knit family.
“I give thanks to the Almighty and my family and friends. It’s good to have a close family. Having my parents together throughout my entire life was very impactful on me; being able to know I had some kind of support in everything that I did. It couldn’t be done without them,” he said.
As he looks forward to his future forays in film, Damien told Bajan Vibes that he will be putting his best foot forward.
“The mentality that I have, trying to be good and excel at everything I do, works for me. I believe that everyone should try to be the best at everything that they do, once it’s positive.”
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