A name that seems to be popping up in the film and acting industry lately is Christian Keiber. It is difficult not to admire and embrace his passion for life. When he speaks out on where he began and where he is going, you can hear the fervor in his voice and see the dedication and happiness in his facial expression. As a youngster, he was fascinated with James Dean. He was captivated by the acting skills of the legendary actor, Richard Burton. The film ‘On The Waterfront’ made quite an impression on him and led him to explore the field of acting.
It is easy to see where the determination and drive come from. Having two successful parents, his dad being an actor and his mom being one of the best in the pharmaceutical industry to this day, Christian has had great morals to guide him. At the young age of 9, he got his feet wet in acting in theater in New York City and did a Mattel commercial along with some other small parts in television. Christian was so good at what he did that he received a scholarship to East Carolina University where he pursued his dream. He was the recipient of the University’s “Best Actor Award” and studied at the same university as Sandra Bullock and Jeff Goldblum. So it all began. Continuing to excel in almost everything he set to undertake, Christian is one of these individuals who has been given the gift of creativity and takes it into magical realms. There are no challenges that are too great to conquer. He gained intense knowledge through his study of acting via the ‘Meisner Technique.’
Christian’s life took a spellbinding turn when he was asked to join one of the most prestigious actor’s clubs in the world, ‘The Players.’ This was in 1992. He was the youngest actor to become a member. Some of the other notable members of this 1888 established club include Mark Twain, Humphrey Bogart and Morgan Freeman.
From there, it was only a matter of time before this young actor hit the road running and when he was cast in the 1995 film, “No Way Back”, opposite Russell Crowe, there was no ‘turning back.’ He speaks highly of the relationship he built with Crowe during the filming and how it shaped his acting career today. He has a strong belief that you should take a role and make it your own. That is what makes you unique. Develop your character so the audience can identify with you and become part of the film.
Christian’s career has grown in leaps and bounds. He has starred in Cold Case, General Hospital, ER, NCIS: Los Angeles, JAG and had a recurring role on ‘Charmed’ amongst other exciting roles. In the last few years, you can see him on the hit series ‘Blue Bloods’ and ‘Orange is the New Black.’ His roles have put him next to David Caruso, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci to name a few. He has also impressed many on the theater stage.
The lifelong ambitions of Christian Keiber continue endlessly. In addition to being a gifted actor, he created the band, ‘CBK & The Dead Coyotes’, and wrote 45 original songs with a country flavor. The words immediately play on your emotions in a wonderful and enchanting way. Christian’s two brothers are also accomplished, one being in a rock band and the other being a film director. Christian is a founding member of “The Indies Lab” in New York City as well as the “Robey Theatre Company” where he had a starring role in ‘Souls On Fire’ produced by Danny Glover.
This gifted artist has also created his own production company, Creative Alley Productions and the “New York Actors School – Professional Ensemble.” He takes a very active role in both and is extremely proud that he can assist those who are willing and able to reach their full potential. National Public Radio has labeled Keiber as one of the ‘Young Mavericks of Hollywood’ and he was featured in ‘Origin Magazine’ as one of the ‘Nation’s Top Creatives.’
What makes Christian even more special is his true sincerity. His immediate rise to fame has given him a deep gratification for everyone he encounters on his trip of life. It is intriguing to learn what makes him tick. When asked what he enjoys doing the most, he says that acting, writing and making music are all equally rewarding. The largest challenge for him in acting is taking the words that you are given and making them your own. His favorite actor is Nick Nolte because the actor has that raw energy that is necessary to be successful in film. He aspires to be like him, although he stresses that we are all our own individual person. His ardor is fueled by creating what has never been created before, from his own particular viewpoint. On Monday evenings via his New York-based school, he enjoys discovering the works of other writers eager to enter the industry. He himself began writing as a means of self-expression, especially when it comes to those roles he is just not right for. Being a ‘constant thinker’ has nourished his career.
We recently were lucky enough to see one of Christian’s newest feats at Tribeca Film Festival 2014. ‘Trust Me, I’m A Lifeguard’ made its world premiere debut at the festival and then went on to be viewed at the Arizona International Film Festival. Christian starred/wrote and executive produced the film. It was a short comedy about a topic that we can all relate to, the age-old question of “What is the true meaning of life?” It has been described as The Caddyshack of the Shore.
Christian Keiber seems to have done it all but he is far from finished. He has more dreams, more aspirations to achieve and a mind that never quits. His positive attitude and pleasing personality is infectious to those that surround him. The biggest question is how does he manage to do it all? He only responds, “I have lots to do.” I took away a few pieces of advice from our conversation that will stay with me throughout my career and my entire life. “Life isn’t a competition. Nobody can be who you are.” “Follow your dreams, allow yourself to be your own person, an artist.” “Regret is worse than rejection.” To sum it all up, never forgo your dreams, your aspirations, your goals. You will get there with the determination and the drive.
We are sure to see much more of Christian Keiber in the future because this is a gifted artist that will champion life in many monumental ways.