Christopher Abram Raheb

Christopher Abram Raheb

Actor

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
In 2003, the U.S. was starting to ramp up military action in Iraq, and I decided to enlist.
I was only a junior in high school, so I had to graduate and turn 18 before I could actually serve.
Two weeks after graduating from high school, I started boot camp.
I served in the Marine Corps Active Reserve while I was simultaneously taking college classes.
I went into active duty in 2006 and was deployed to Somalia.
When I came home, I went back to school at the University of California, Irvine.
After graduating from UCI, I didn't really have anything lined up in terms of jobs or grad school.
I took that opportunity to dive right into the world of acting, which has always been my passion.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
Aliso Niguel High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
University of California-Irvine
undergrad
Bachelor
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
University of California-Irvine
undergrad
Bachelor
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
University of California-Irvine
graduate
Graduate
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
New York Film Academy
certification
Certification/License
Emergency Medical Technician
Career

Career

Actor

I am a freelancer in the entertainment industry, pursuing my primary passion of acting.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Acting & Theatre
Acting & Theatre
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

A typical day at work involves a lot of waiting and a lot of prep time. My day actually starts the night before; that's when I'm going back over my lines, making sure I understand the script and the story, making sure I know where my audition will be held, etc. I want to be ready for any situation so I don't have any unnecessary stress when I'm reading my lines. Once on set, I'll visit hair, makeup, wardrobe, and props to get totally ready for the role, and then the day of acting truly begins.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

In the entertainment world, getting a job is less about your qualifications, and more about who you are as a person and a worker: punctuality is key, having a positive attitude is key, discipline is key. My military service laid a great foundation: I make sure that I carry out all of my work as a hybrid between a Marine and an employee of the Ritz-Carlton. You want to be a really hard-worker, but you also need to be warm and welcoming so that people will want to continue to work with you.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Study the discipline that's most relevant to your pursuit, and most relevant to what you want to be, whether it's acting for film or stage, or going into producing or directing.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You? A Marine? An actor? You're crazy."

I often felt like I had to stifle my artistic side in front of my family and peers. In the military, there was a certain persona you were expected to embody, so I always chose not to bring up my interest in the arts. Part of that stemmed from the fact that my parents had trouble accepting my passions: they didn't think I could be a Marine, and they thought I was flat-out crazy to pursue acting. I think my military service made me incredibly resilient, so that "noise" doesn't affect me as much.

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant
First-Generation Immigrant

I'm the son of first-generation Egyptian and Greek immigrants. My parents brought us up believing the only things that mattered were church, school, and finding a good career, so it was hard for them to accept that I chose to pursue my interests.