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This week’s guest is Chaske Spencer. An emerging actor and activist, he was born of the Lakota Sioux tribe, and raised on Indian Reservations in Montana and Idaho. When he was young, he dreamt of becoming a photographer, and before long he found himself in front of the camera instead, in pursuit of an acting career. Chaske moved to New York City and in between bartending and waiting tables to make a living, he was cast in his very first off off-Broadway play, Dracula, playing the title role. From there he did a number of New York Theatre pieces, performed at The Public Theater in NYC and The Roundabout and was fortunate enough to be discovered by television/film casting director Rene Haynes.
Rene cast him in his first feature Skins as well as the lead in Dream Keeper and Steven Spielberg’s Into the West. Rene also cast him in his recent and most buzzworthy role to date, playing Sam Uley (the leader of the werewolves); in the popular Summit Entertainment Twilight film series sequels: New Moon and Eclipse. New Moon premiered on November 20, 2009 with record-breaking numbers, and the DVD was released 3/20. Eclipse is set to premiere June 30th 2010.
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His work as a spokesperson for United Global Shift gives him the opportunity to impact many areas he is committed to shifting (poverty, sustainable communities, global empowerment) Through his personal project Shift the Power to the People, he is shining a spotlight on initiatives designed to create sustainability and prosperity. www.shiftthepowertothepeople.org The goal is to have 1 million letters go to congress by the release of Eclipse.
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