Instead of going to the
He knew he wanted to go to
"I didn't have an avenue. I didn't have a plan," he said in a recent telephone interview. "Growing up in
But Stear, 35, a 1997 graduate of
"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
So, he enlisted in the
"I started doing print modeling in
He met a manager who agreed to sign him to an agency in
He graduated from
Nearly a decade later, Stear appears with Kennedy in "
"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,
Aside from the two movies he just finished, Stear is also filming a Web project, "One Ten," a
"I'm actually getting ready to start prepping for a new feature film in
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
"That would be a dream come true," he said.
Stear is a member of the
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