my art. my work.
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.
I'm a CANADIAN woman, born and raised in WINDSOR ONTARIO by JAMAICAN PARENTS who lived for a time in LONDON ENGLAND. They are a part of the 'WINDRUSH GENERATION', Caribbean immigrants, invited by Britain's government to help rebuild its infrastructure post WWII. Windrush immigrants assimilated to Britain's cultural norms. while maintaining Caribbean culture, heritage, music and cuisine - all of which make me who I am today!
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'
I just wasn't aware how my journey as an artist would unfold. I sang my first solo at age 7 and started weekly group piano lessons during my school lunch hour, not ideal compared to private lessons but I made it work. By age 8 I was singing solos regularly at church and school and loving it.
I had guardian angels watching over me, making sure my gifts were seen and utilised.
My kindergarten and music teacher took me and 2 other students to audition for 'ANNIE' the musical at THE WINDSOR LIGHT OPERA COMPANY. After I auditioned in front of the entire company, the other orphan-hopefuls AND their mothers, the director said, "too bad she can't be our Annie...bwahahaha"! At that time, no child of colour ever portrayed the role of the iconic red-headed girl, so the feedback seemed normal, (sort of), and I was cast as the orphan July instead. The incident stayed with me though, and I promised myself to one day overcome whatever you call 'that' because one day I would be whoever I wanted to be as a performer. 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 welcomed the challenge, but not without making tons of mistakes along the way. I second-guessed my dream of being a performer, at first focusing solely on Music Education at the UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA but soon after, I added a vocal performance degree. My choice paid off; my college professor introduced me to the ORLANDO OPERA COMPANY, giving me the best of both of my worlds: teaching music by day and performing opera by night.
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.
And just like that, my opera company CLOSED (rude!) and because I was a new mother and wanted to spend time with my newborn son,
I left teaching.
Time to study of acting!!! Right? FINALLY!!! I'd never broken down the acting process before, I'd only figured it out while working on a scene with my opera scene partner, not really knowing how and why certain scenes worked better than others.
It was time to figure out where my artistic outlet was now going to come from.
Since then my decision to study acting, all kinds of crazy-good stuff has happened .
Things didn't magically fall into my lap, but I can say that since my 'get-my-butt-into-acting-classes' choice, I've filmed numerous commercials
for HONDA FINANCIAL, ZAXBY'S. HSN, KITCHENAIDE and more.
I was a series regular, hosting a show in its 4th season which streamed on MSN.com, pre-streaming days, pre-NETFLIX-and-chill-days,
I performed Shakespeare's CLEOPATRA with MICHAEL DORN, AKA WORF FROM Star Trek! You can't make this stuff up!
I've had intimate scenes with ROBERT LaSARDO, usually cast as the gangsta. Not so in my instance. He effortlessly played a man
who knows how to love his woman; he went against his usually type, 'the thug' - 'the drug-dealer'. I have so many exciting tales to share, but alas, this is quite a long bio, soooooooo...............
I hope you'll browse around my other pages and stop by for visit again soon.
I'll have more updates about my journey to share with you!
Thanks for reading. Get in touch if you are a serious actor, singer, filmmaker, or fellow artistic creator!
Wanna hear crazy?
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'