Check out our interview with talented actor Tarik Ellinger.
Tarik is known for the award winning web series The Division, sharing wits with Blake Shelton in his Christmas Special and facing the fear of clowns in the horror feature Carneville. His latest theatrical project Fish Head is receiving rave reviews from critics.
Tarik can also be seen as the face of the F45 prodigy teen athlete training program in an international print/video campaign. He is studying Film/Cinema Arts to learn every aspect of the industry. Tarik’s first festival entry “The Library” is a horror short that he wrote, directed, edited and starred in. This film won Outstanding Sound Design as well as People’s Choice and was screened at the Theatre on the Walt Disney Studios lot.
Follow Tarik at @tarikellinger
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Kind, dedicated, charismatic.
Who was your role model as a child?
How did you get started into acting?
Both of my sisters are in the industry so we were traveling back and forth from Colorado to LA for my entire life. When we moved to LA in 2010, I saw my sister auditioning and I asked if I could do it too. I signed with my sisters agent and booked the very first audition I went on. I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life.
How has this changed your life?
I have been able to meet so many people and create really strong relationships. Acting has been a very positive experience for me.
Tell us about your work in award winning web series “The Division?”
The Division had an amazing cast and crew. I learned so much from all of them and feel forever grateful to Eric Won for giving me the opportunity to play this role.
How was working with Blake Shelton in the christmas special?
Blake was really funny. He was patient and joking around when we werent filming. I really liked working on that project.
And about your work in theatrical project “Fish Head?”
This is another project that had the best cast and crew. Marcos, the director was great to work with and I learned a lot from him that I will use in my personal film making. This is a touching story and I hope everyone will get the chance to see it.
Now your horror short “The Library” that you wrote, directed and edited won the outstanding sound design as well as people’s choice awards. That’s amazing. Tell us about it.
It was a film that was inspires by the “Quiet Place” type of movie. Given the prompts to create our movie I wanted to see what I could do with this topic.
What other projects you have been part of?
I have had the opportunity to work on several ‘funny or die’ projects, worked with Blake Shelton and ben savage and some interesting horror type films.
You are also the image for F45 athlete training program? Tell us about it.
I was very excited to be asked to be a model for this training program. I am an athlete and I believe in keeping healthy and working out.
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
I would have to say its the friendships and professional relationships I have gained that are most rewarding.
How would you explain your fashion style?
I love designer clothes and am a huge sneakerhead.
What would be a deal breaker on a first date?
A dealbreaker would be if the girl was too quiet and we couldn’t have a good conversation.
How would your best friend describe you?
Funny, loyal and generous.
What is your own definition of happiness?
Having and spreading joy to yourself and others around you.
How is a normal day in your life?
School, having fun with my friends, auditions, sports, watching Stranger Things.
What is your idea of a perfect sunday?
Hanging out with my friends and just resting.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Millie Bobby Brown! She is an amazing actress and I have a huge crush on her. I know we would get along great. She is funny and kind to everyone and we are a lot alike.
What is your favorite healthy food?
Celery with peanut butter.
And your favorite cheat food?
Best advice ever given?
After an audition don’t dwell on it but move on to the next one and keep trying your best.
Do you support any charity?
I am an avid volunteer and hold many charities close to my heart. I have an annual trick or treat for Unicef fundraiser. I would love to become a Unicef goodwill ambassador someday. Charities for kids and animals are most important to me.
Name 3 things you can’t live without?
Friends/family, technology, my cats.
Where do you see yourself and your career in 5 years from now?
To have a successful acting career and having my dream roles become a reality.
Favorite song? Why?
See you again by Charlie Puth. The lyrics are really good and I like the tone of the song.
What music do you like?
Variety of different artists and genres.
What do you think of social media?
It’s a place that can help you form friendships and promote positivity but can be very dangerous if used wrong.
Where we can follow you?
Quote: “Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up”- thomas wayne
Favorite singer/artist: Bruno Mars
Travel destination: Florida
Sports team: Denver Broncos
Tv show: Stranger Things
Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Other Photos: Tiffany Ellinger