In the second part of our “Meet the BIG WORK Cast” blog series, we introduce you to the über talented Sumit Sharma, who plays Dana, Sam, Omari, and Adewale in the show.
VISITORS: What drew you to BIG WORK?
SUMIT: The biggest thing that drew me to this project is definitely the questions that Melissa and Kate asked people. I often find myself asking many of these questions, especially the one, "Where do you draw your sense of self in life?” I heard about the audition literally a day before from someone at work, and came home and started reading about it. I felt an instant connection, and emailed them asking if they can meet me at such short notice, and they DID!!
VISITORS: What's your philosophy about the role work should play in your life?
SUMIT: I think work should and does play an important role in my life. It is something that I do for 8 - 9 hours a day so, it has a pretty significant impact on my life. I feel work in my life is like salt in my cooking. Too much or too little and the dish is ruined. It has to be just the perfect amount.
VISITORS: What attracts you about working in theatre?
SUMIT: Oh gosh, where do I even begin? Acting to me is basically an expression of emotion. In TV and movies, this emotion is refined and processed to make it close to perfect. In theatre, it is raw; there are flaws and there is this connection with the audience that is just fascinating. It's a very powerful feeling that makes you forget everything else in your life when you are rehearsing, running lines with your fellow actors, and when you are finally on the stage performing.
VISITORS: You're hosting a dinner party. Which three people – alive or dead – do you invite? And what do you cook?
SUMIT: I would invite, Ed Sheeran (he would probably leave early because of my never ending song requests), Bruce Lee (to solve the mystery surrounding his death), and Angelina Jolie. I would cook eggplant with some garlic naan.
VISITORS: If you were going on the one-way mission to Mars, what three things would you bring with you?
SUMIT: The 3 things I will bring with me are........A guitar (to play some tunes on my way), my pillow (I like a certain kind, and I am not sure if Mars got a similar one), and my home movies (to remind me of my days on Earth).
*ICYMI: Check out last week's Q&A with Christa Brown who plays Rachelle, Kevin, and Megan in BIG WORK. And stay tuned -- we'll be posting a conversation with a different cast member each week.