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Chasing a dream: Glasgow actor Stear finds his way in Hollywood

August 7, 2014

By Gina Kinslow, Glasgow Daily Times, Ky.



Aug. 07--GLASGOW -- For most of his life, Demetrius Stear wanted to be an actor.

Instead of going to the Glasgow City Pool with friends in the summer, Stear would stay at home and watch movies on cable -- often the same ones over and over.

He knew he wanted to go to Hollywood and become a film star, but at 8 years old, he had no idea how to get there.

"I didn't have an avenue. I didn't have a plan," he said in a recent telephone interview. "Growing up in Glasgow, there aren't too many opportunities to break into the film industry."

But Stear, 35, a 1997 graduate of Glasgow High School, is finding those opportunities. He has lived in Los Angeles for 10 years and recently finished two movies -- the comedy "School's Out" and the thriller "Buddy Hutchins" -- both due in 2015.

His mother, Ann Bailey, said she didn't know until Stear was older that he had acting aspirations.

"We've always encouraged him to go for his dreams. He has come a long way. He works hard at his craft," she said. "I've always tried to teach Demetrius and my other children to reach for the stars."

After high school, Stear attended Western Kentucky University for a couple of years -- "it really wasn't my thing," he said.

So, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was still in the service when he began modeling.

"I started doing print modeling in Jacksonville, Fla.," he said. "I was doing that part-time while I was in the military."

He met a manager who agreed to sign him to an agency in Los Angeles, but when Stear arrived in California the manager decided he wasn't the right fit. From there, Stear decided to pursue dramatic arts. He studied character interpretation and the Meisner technique of acting at the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio and at Playhouse West.

He graduated from Baron/Brown Studio in 2005, and actor/comedian Jamie Kennedy spoke at the ceremony, Stear said.

Nearly a decade later, Stear appears with Kennedy in "Buddy Hutchins."

"It's funny how life works like that," he said.

Stear described Kennedy as "a class act" and "a nice guy."

"He gave me a lot of acting tips," Stear said. "He's a veteran of the industry. Whenever you have an opportunity to work with someone like that, it is very rewarding. He makes everybody feel comfortable."

During his time in L.A., Stear has appeared in several commercials, including spots for Cadillac, Honda and Starbucks. He also recently appeared in a music video for the rock band Linkin Park.

Aside from the two movies he just finished, Stear is also filming a Web project, "One Ten," a Los Angeles crime series.

"I'm actually getting ready to start prepping for a new feature film in San Francisco," he said. "It's a thriller. It should be fun."

Stear says he tries to stay as busy as possible. He continues to take acting classes when he's not working.

"I'm happy doing what I'm doing," he said. "I love making movies. I love entertaining people."

Meanwhile, there are two things he would still like to do in his acting career: One is to bring a project to Glasgow that would make everyone proud; the other is to work with Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, who is his idol.

"That would be a dream come true," he said.

Stear is a member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He is the son of Rondal and Ann Bailey and is the youngest of four children.

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