Davon Revels may not be a name you’re familiar with, but it’s a name you need to remember because you’re going to start seeing his face, and his amazing talent in a variety of popular television shows as well as in upcoming feature films hitting the big screen this coming year. Davon is an actor from Knoxville, Tennessee and while Tennessee might not be the first state that comes to mind when you’re thinking about great actors, this guy will blow your mind!
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Revels family relocated to Alcoa, Tennessee which is in the Knoxville, Tennessee area when he was a child to have a better quality of life and larger opportunities than he may have had in his old neighborhood. While he has played many roles in his career, his biggest was the role he played in being a mentor and part time parent to his younger siblings while his mother, who was a single parent, was out of the house working hard to support her family. Revels started his first paying job when he was only 14 years old to contribute financially to his family and now that he is older and has a son of his own, his goals are still focused on making sure his mom and sisters are taken care.
Revels started his acting career a few years ago and has played numerous roles in popular crime shows including Fatal Attraction, Atlanta Homicide and Snapped, produced by the television company Jupiter Entertainment who also produces other hit shows including Homicide Hunter and the new show, Dying to Belong, both of which Revels has been featured in lead roles.
Davon Revels was recently cast in the feature film, Into the Wilderness, a production that is produced and directed by Richard DeWitt along with Michael Candela and Ev Stanton from New Film Group LLC and Wilderness Movie LLC, that is currently in production and set to be released in 2019.
The film stars Tony Award winning actor Shuler Hensley, known for films including The Greatest Showman, Van Helsing and Odd Thomas as well as Cylk Cozart (Conspiracy Theory, White Men Can’t Jump), Christopher-Lawson Palmer and several other well-known actors.
I sat down with Davon Revels and was fortunate enough to be able to ask him a few questions about his work, his life and his dreams. This is what he had to say.
What attracted you to begin a career as an actor?
I’m going to be honest here. I was a 90’s kid and I grew up watching shows like That’s so Raven and Lizzie McGuire. When I was maybe 12 or 13 years old, I decided that I wanted to be an actor because of course, like all kids, I just thought it was going to be a great way to make a lo of money and because those shows made it look like acting would be fun. As an adult now, I still believe acting is fun, but now I know it’s a lot of hard work as well.
Does your family support what you are doing?
Absolutely! My mom and my sisters are very supportive of my work. As a matter of fact, one of my younger sisters has found that she’s interested in acting and she will be attending a performing arts school in Los Angeles soon.
What do you consider your biggest accomplishment thus far in your life?
Honestly, I’ve struggled with weight throughout my adult life just as many people have, and while I’ve worked hard to get in shape and be healthy, I have to say that my biggest accomplishment so far in life was the day that I was able to do a back flip when I was 250 pounds. It’s a big accomplishment to work hard, especially at that size and realize you can be just as flexible and tough as those who are smaller. It was a great feeling!
Of all the roles you’ve played so far, can you tell me which role was your favorite and why?
I spent a lot of time playing extra parts and doing background work or working in very small roles as a crime victim or as a murderer. I was on set for the show Home Is Where the Murder Is and I was supposed to be there just as a background extra for a couple hours, but instead, casting offered me the role of the detective. When I landed the detective role, I felt that people were finally taking me seriously. I was on set for several days and felt good about the work I was doing on the show. Since then, it’s been uphill all the way!
Who would you say your role model is, and why are they important in your life?
I am a huge fan of Michael Jai White, and he is absolutely my role model for acting as well as martial arts. He came from very humble beginnings just as I did, and he had to fight his way through school because of the neighborhood he grew up in. He was able to move forward in his life and worked hard to become healthy, not only learn martial arts but he mastered them, and he also became an outstanding actor and now a director. I have to say that I am very inspired by him.
If you could work with any actor, living or dead, who would it be?
Ha! Michael Jai White of course! To be honest, I have a goal and that is to be able to spar with Michael Jai White at least one time before he decides to retire. That would be my dream come true!
What would you say has been the most challenging thing you have faced as an actor?
When I first started acting, I used to get very discouraged if someone turned me down for a role when I worked hard to audition. Or, even worse was when I worked hard and felt I did a perfect job at the audition and then no one bothered to call me back to even tell me no. Now that I’ve worked in the industry a while, those things never bother me at all anymore but for about a year in the beginning, it was a challenge to be able to audition and move forward without worrying about what I did wrong, why they rejected me or why they didn’t choose me for the role I auditioned for. Now, I still work just as hard, and when the audition is over, I move right on to the next one and I never worry, and I never get upset or take anything personally if I’m not chosen for a role.
Revels not only loves his work in the acting industry, but he is also a very accomplished martial arts student who takes part in Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art form that incorporates dance and acrobatics along with music to create an incredible style of self-defense fighting techniques.
With his martial arts skills, combined with his incredible talent, there is no end to the type of characters Revels can play. Keep your eyes open because Davon Revels is a rising star who is well on his way to being known in households across the world.
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