my art. my work.
Issa Rae's Rapsh!t on HBOMAX &
DOA at the PTA on LIFETIME MOVIES
here are samplings of my work
below is my bio
I'm Sheryl Carbonell, an actress, singer, music educator, first time filmmaker, wife and mother.
When I'm not working, you can find me at the gym, lifting weights and sweating it out.
In a nutshell, I'm an artsy-gym-addict.
Born and raised in WINDSOR ONTARIO by JAMAICAN PARENTS who lived for a time in LONDON ENGLAND where my sisters were born. My parents are a part of England's 'WINDRUSH GENERATION', my sisters are British subjects and I am the one true Canadian in my family!! And I now reside in the United States.
I knew early on I would sing and act.
Me as MAMA NADI, in LYNN NOTTAGE'S 'RUINED'
Landing a principal role in the opera
lit a fire in me to study acting. I wanted to know how to make scenes feel 'real' all of the time.
Me as STEPP SISTER, in 'DREAMGIRLS'
Started piano lessons by age 7 and by age 8 I was singing solos at school
I had guardian angels watching over me, making sure my gifts were seen and utilised.
My kindergarten and music teacher took me to audition for 'ANNIE' the musical in my hometown, Windsor Ontario at THE WINDSOR LIGHT OPERA COMPANY. The director said, "too bad she can't be our Annie... (at that time, no child of colour ever portrayed the role of the iconic red-headed girl), I was cast as the orphan July instead. I promised myself to one day I would be whoever I wanted to be as an actress. After that, new tests awaited me as my parents moved me to the United States, Florida.....welcome a whole new set of challenges!!!
I saw that though I had much more opportunities at my fingertips living in my new home, the United States, I needed to tap deeply into my strengths to overcome racial and culture hurdles I encountered at my new school and in my new environment. Navigating that was not easy. I failed many times.
Can you say CULTURE SHOCK?
I taught music by day and performed with the ORLANDO OPERA COMPANY by night after earning my degrees in Music Education and Music Performance at the UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA.
After singing with Orlando Opera's ensemble and sharing the stage with opera icons including Sherrill Milnes, and Denyce Graves, I landed my first principal operatic role in 'THE MAGIC FLUTE' before the opera company officially closed its doors.
My opera company CLOSED I became a mother, left teaching and got my Masters in Music Education.
I chose to act full time. Since then I've done:
commercials for HONDA FINANCIAL, ZAXBY'S. HSN, KITCHENAIDE and more.
hosting for an 14 episode show on MSN.com,
theatre, including Shakespeare's CLEOPATRA with MICHAEL DORN, AKA WORF FROM Star Trek!
Filmed an indie film opposite ROBERT LaSARDO
filmmaking, directing, writing and producing a 5-part docuseries THE POWER OF CREATIVITY...
Canadian Born, Jamaican Bred actress and singer on stage and screen.
Wife, mother, art-lover, gym-addict, on-and-off-yogi, so-so pianist and proud business owner!
I still say 'eh?' and sorry pronounced, 'sore-ee' and I can speak pretty good Jamaican patois on demand!
Jamaican Curry Goat and Rice, Japanese Eggplant, Homemade Stuffing at Thanksgiving with Turkey, Tempura Shrimp Sushi Rolls, Baked Apples with Cinnamon
Doc Martens hands down
Get Out, Shawshenk Redemption, Pride & Prejudice
The Bible, Light in August
FAVOURITE DAY OF THE WEEK:
FAVOURITE DAY OF THE YEAR:
Issa Rae's 'Insecure' -WHY? because it's freaking hilarious and it is cast perfectly!
'Queen's Gambit' WHY? Fantastic story, beautifully filmed - cinematography was sick-perfection!
'Bridgerton' is delicious fun. Fanciful. A delight for the eyes...wink wink, Regé-Jean Page.
'Normal People'..come on. Talk about a beautiful love story. And Connell Waldren's legs, his muscular Rugby thighs specifically.
'Lovecraft Country' BRILLIANT. Whip-smart and a good slap in the face from what I've read about Lovecraft himself.
'Fleabag'. Nothing like it. Sad situations all bundled up with burst-out-loud-belly-laugh humour.
'The Mare of Easttown' A visceral experience; characters brimming with repressed anger, stifled dreams, and ongoing familial dysfunction. You feel like you're a part of this northern blue-collar town. Each character, well-fleshed out. Watch this show!
LATEST BOOKINGS AND RELEASES:
HBO MAX - Issa Rae's new series: 'RAPSH!T' BOOKING!
About to film a movie for television: 'DOA at the PTA'
INDEPENDENT WEBSERIES: 'Honey + Lemon'
INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM RELEASE: 'A Time for Every Purpose'
INDEPENDENT SHORT FILM RELEASE: 'The Burden'