Actor Joe Karam Earns 50 IMDb Credits in Two Years, Stars in 75 Films

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In less than two years, and with no agent, no manager, and no pre-existing industry network, Silicon Valley self-starter and Hollywood newcomer Joe Karam earned IMDb credits for principal roles in 50 film productions, starring in 25 more.

Film actor Joe Karam earned his 50th IMDb credit earlier this week, less than two years after receiving his very first one in December of 2012. A self-directed entrepreneur, he booked all 50 roles with no agent, no manager, and no pre-existing industry network. Each of these 50 IMDb credits stands for a credited principal role (that is, no uncredited or background roles), which Joe Karam had to land via an objective process of cold self-submission and competitive auditions - first in San Francisco, then, since early 2014, in Los Angeles.

“Strategic focus is a powerful thing, especially when combined with a strong sense of purpose,” says Joe Karam. “I introspect a lot to remain clear on why I am pursuing this, and I strive to be on set as much as possible, falling back onto the following lines of defense: if I am not working, then I am auditioning; if I am not auditioning, then I am submitting; if I am not submitting, then I am updating.”

While 50 of the films Joe Karam has starred in ended up qualifying for inclusion in IMDb, his complete filmography lists an additional 25 original productions, bringing his total tally to 75 individual works. Most of these films are “shorts,” which IMDb defines as films lasting under 40 minutes, although most shorts have a runtime within the 5-to-15-minute range.

“Short films are fantastic for both your craft and your marketing efforts, especially early on in your career, when you most pressingly need to jumpstart that snowball effect,” says Joe Karam. “First, you are much more likely to work on lead or major supporting roles, and paradoxically often end up getting much more screen time than if you started with the obligatory bit part in a feature film. Second, if you are going to spend 20 days on set, splitting that time across five different projects means you get to explore five different characters, experiment with five different storytelling approaches, and connect with five different teams of artistic professionals. Third, the turn-around time for post-production is considerably shorter, which means the film goes out to the public sooner and you receive your reel footage sooner. Fourth, short films being typically made for exposure rather than profit, they are more likely to be publicly viewable online for free and, being so quick to watch, can potentially go viral.”

About Joe Karam

Bilingual in English and French, Joe Karam is an award-winning actor based in West Hollywood and known for portraying passionate intellectuals straddling the line between charm and menace. Primarily focused on his acting career, he has also been foraying into other aspects of filmmaking, such as music composition, writing, directing, and producing. Born in Lebanon and raised in Paris, Joe Karam holds three degrees and a teaching award from Stanford University, and earned his Green Card by serving as an engineering psychologist, information architect, and serial inventor at Google.

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