PRIDE JEWEL CAST
Sarkis Bakalyan is an Armenian American actor, screenwriter, and comedian born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Sarkis enjoyed entertaining people since he was 13 and has been acting in plays, TV shows, short films, and feature-length movies ever since.
He plays Andre, who is an Armenian immigrant looking to live the American dream.
Born in Turkmenistan and raised in San Francisco, Aya Hoja is a Turkmen American actor, model, and dancer. She attended musical school with the focus on acting, singing, dancing, and playing piano, until she moved to the Bay Area and earned her marketing degree at San Francisco State University.
She plays Sophia, Andre's guardian angel.
Jake Vincent is a Bay Area method actor with over 20 years of experience. He has toured with San Jose Repertory and has performed in many local theaters in the Bay Area. He's in several short films as well as two feature films, winning accolades for his performances.
Jake plays Cyrus, a vicious sociopath, who is the Boss of a group of jewelry thieves. Cyrus still carries anger towards Joseph, who married the woman he loved, and sees befriending Andre is a way to avenge the betrayal.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Art is a first generation Armenian. Acting has become his life's passion and while working towards his dreams as an actor he is currently completing his Juris Doctorate.
He plays Alex, his alter ego, who likes the nicer things in life but isn't determined to work hard for it.
Evan O'Hare is a Bay Area actor who started his journey in London, England singing on the background soundtrack for the classic "Squirm."
Since then, he has enjoyed appearing in Film, Television, radio, commercials, internet and supplied multiple characters for voice over work. He's also a singer, song writer and is currently working on a full length album.
He plays a crooked police commissioner in the film Pride Jewel.
Rachel Sanchez has training at Lesher Center for the Arts and is currently working on a role in an upcoming feature film.
She plays Detective Sanchez in Pride Jewel. Follow her on Instagram to learn more.
Kristina Ayanian is a first generation Armenian, American actress with training in dance, piano, acting, and voice acting, in which she has received numerous awards and recognition in each area.
Kristina is currently a listings analyst at NASDAQ, writes for the Armenian Weekly, and holds the title of Miss Boston 2020.
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Born and raised on the Peninsula in Northern California, Erin Shields has been an entertainer at heart since early childhood. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Special Events Management at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She has a flourishing career in the design and events industry and enjoys being the creative lead for themed events.
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Megan Louise Thill is an actor, singer with theater, film, and dance experience. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Megan fell in love with film, music, and theater at a very young age. Megan has a long history of performing in musical and drama productions as well as mixed female choirs throughout all 4 years of high school. She obtained her degree in Communication Studies from Winona State University, in MN, where she also performed in several theater and choral productions.
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Derek Crowe was born and raised in Florida. In 2015, he moved to the Bay Area for a new career in the tech industry while pursuing songwriting. Derek began acting when he was cast as part of the ensemble for a local play, since then, he began taking acting classes and appeared in many different commercials and films.
Represented in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Derek continues to pursue his passion in the performing arts.
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John Cicornio has dreamed of being an actor on the big screen since he was a child. He has a long history of acting, which all began when one of his family members invited him to act in their short film. Since then, it's been a long on and off 10 years of acting gigs with lots of training with Beverly Hills Playhouse.
Heather Young is an actress, producer, editor, and writer based in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She’s currently working on a web series, Miss Represent and is the co-founder of the female empowerment site So She Slays. She also spends early morning hours as a floor director for national live streaming in studio. Follow her on social to learn more.
Rafat Hweih, is a Bay Area actor who is currently studying under ZAS studio. He's constantly looking for ways to hone his craft.
He plays Davit, Joseph's brother, who is desperately in need of money and will do anything, including betray his own brother.
Brian Cohen has always had a tenacious appetite for entertainment, modeling/acting as a child and making music in his late 20’s. He has recently rededicated himself to the craft of serious acting, focusing all that tenacious energy into the character of ‘George;’ not only mastering a Russian accent, but also diving into the behavior that makes George Cyrus’ favorite henchman! George is a simple man, a simple man that can make you simply disappear!
Sebastian Godina fell in love with film since he was a kid. Getting intrigued by the magic in film-making, he dedicated himself to theater and acting classes, performing in theater productions and short films.
He plays Eddy, a reserved young adult who is hungry to learn more about the jewelry business and wont let anything get in his way when it comes to his money.
Michael Lederman is an Award Winning Actor, Director, and Theater Arts Educator. He has appeared on TV in soaps, episodic programs, and commercials. He performed on stage in New York, Los Angeles, and Bay Area.
In 2009, he was named San Mateo County Arts Educator of the Year!
Meylis Ovezov is a professional musician and singer, born and raised in Turkmenistan. He has worked in Turkmen opera and ballet theatre while working as a diplomat of Turkmen National Conservatory.
He plays Ivan, a poor sap that got involved with the wrong people at the wrong time.
David Ojakian is an Armenian American actor, born in Los Angeles, and raised in San Francisco Bay Area. He earned his bachelor's degree in Marketing Management from CSU East Bay, and has 10 years of acting & voice acting experience. He has appeared in national and regional commercials, short and feature films.
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San Francisco resident Jenifer MacLean began her acting career early on, regularly performing in the theater. After taking a break to become a scientist and raise a family, Jenifer has returned to acting, appearing in independent short films.
She plays a News Reporter in Pride Jewel. Follow her on Twitter to learn more.
Adriana Palhares is a Bossa Nova Singer and Actress. She has been studying music and acting for most of her life. She is currently in her 3rd year studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School in San Francisco. She is a passionate artist who loves bringing stories alive through her music and acting. She was inspired by her mother, Carmen Palhares who was a well known actress in Brazil.
Adisorn Wannaviroj is a Bay Area actor, and began acting since he was 15 years old. He studied theater at San Francisco State University and has appeared in commercials, short and feature films, and theater productions.
When he's not acting, he shifts his focus on music, creating his own artistic covers for original songs. Follow him on social to learn more.
Kenley Gaffke's love for acting began in 1992 when he auditioned for the role of Linus in "You're a Goodman Charlie Brown” and landed the part. Since then, he's always been fascinated with acting and the art of storytelling. He has been consistently acting since 2007, attending the Beverly Hills Playhouse school with the goal of becoming a working full-time actor. Follow him on Instagram to learn more.
Kumi Yoshida is a 1st generation Japanese actress. Her love and passion for acting started in high school when she was in an all-kids cable tv show called, "Just for You." She has been in several commercials, was in the CBS pilot "The Law and Mr. Lee" and worked with Jude Law in Contagion. She has representation in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Alex started his career in the Security sector & currently works as head of Security & Compliance for an AI Company. His acting career began in 2017, since then he has appeared in short and feature films. He has worked internationally in most world's continents, speaks several languages & enjoys mountain biking, car & motorcycle racing.