Walid Chaya is an Arab-American filmmaker, an actor who is also an entrepreneur. Being a Lebanese immigrant, many thought his romance with Hollywood and American TV would remain an unrequited love story but he proved them wrong. His view of failures is as unique as him.
“My failures are time misspent! I like to have my days planned down to the minute, even if the plan is to just relax. Otherwise, I don’t see failures, I simply see another opportunity to find the road to success.” -Walid Chaya
Walid is a true multipotentialite in the entertainment industry. He has appeared in various TV series and movies like ‘Blacklist Redemption’ and his award-winning short film, ‘Driving Ms. Saudi’ which has been screened all over the world. In ‘NBC’s Blacklist: Redemption’ Walid played opposite TV star Ryan Eggold who’s known for his role as Tom Keen. In the scene, he stops Eggold at a security checkpoint and discovers smuggled weapons. Walid also played a soldier at war and performed some stunt work with special effects, acting with machine guns, and dodging staged gunfire in the popular CBS TV series ‘Madam Secretary’. He also has the privilege to be directed by Oscar-Winner Guy Nattiv in ‘Skin’, in which he played a victim of Neo-Nazis.
Walid’s upcoming films include the feature comedy, ‘Magic Hour’ opposite Miriam Shor, ‘Slingshot’ starring Chris Mulkey and Michael Roddy, and several projects that are currently in development. He aims to create stories that show the Middle East in a positive light and bridges the gap between Hollywood and diversity. When inquired about his goals in the entertainment industry, Walid said:
The goal is to shape the landscape of Hollywood film and television by acting in diverse and riveting stories, from playing a series regular on a hit network show to starring in a major motion picture.
Apart from acting and directing, Walid also owns his production company, Moonlit Wings Production which has won Washington Family Magazine’s 2020 “Best for Families” contest for the categories of “Best Arts Program” and “Best Drama Instruction” twice. He also provides career counseling to aspiring artists and teaches them business strategies to survive and prosper in the modern entertainment industry through his leading acting school, Studio For Performing Arts LA.
Walid’s charming personality, experience as a filmmaker, and successful business strategies have been the reason that he is one of the most sought-after speakers. His ideas are welcomed by a large population of aspiring industry professionals. One of the most unique topics Walid has developed is called “Business of Acting in the Digital Age.” He has taught it at prominent colleges including the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and several others. He talks about a variety of topics revolving around ways for actors to get ahead in Hollywood, the world’s largest film and television market.