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Baltimore native lands supporting role in new gospel film

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Have you heard about Jerome “Ro” Brooks? He is a Baltimore native living his dream in Hollywood and acting on the big screen. Brooks has a supporting role in A Beautiful Soul, a new gospel movie.

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Scheduled for release on May 4 in select theaters across the nation, A Beautiful Soul is a Jeffrey W. Byrd production and stars Deitrick Haddon, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Harry Lennix, Robert Ri’chard, Barry Floyd, Trevor Jackson, Golden Brooks, and Vanessa Bell Calloway. In the movie, Ro Brooks plays a security guard hired to protect Andre Stephens (Deitrick Haddon) - a R & B superstar struggling to balance his celebrity status and his love for God.

Ro Brooks is no stranger to feature films or television. He landed his first movie role years ago as an extra in Robert Townsend’s movie, Meteor Man. Prior to that, Brooks worked as an extra in the locally produced television show, Homicide: Life on the Streets. He has worked on a variety of other television and movie projects including TV One’s Will to Live, ABC’s The Cape, FOX’s 24, HBO’s The Corner, Michael Mann’sLuck and the movie, Transformers II. Brooks’ new e-Book, LIFE AS AN EXTRA, is available via digital download at

When asked how he made the transition from the tough streets of Baltimore to the big screen - Brooks said, “FOCUS...knowing what I wanted and sticking to it regardless of how long it took or the challenges I faced. I started looking for local events to get involved in from dancing to rapping to auditioning for local productions. I eventually got the opportunity to work with Robert Townsend. From there, I got involved in other local productions, TV shows, commercials and music videos which eventually led me to Los Angeles.”

He doesn’t sugar coat his experience in the industry. “It’s a tough business. You get so many NOs thrown at you. You have many disappointing days and auditions. And sometimes it is really difficult to find the right person or role that represent you,” Brooks explained.

He encourages aspiring actors to do their homework and to find out as much as they can about the industry. “It’s not a hobby; it’s a career. In order to make it work you need to live, eat and sleep it. If you aren’t willing to do that, then you shouldn’t get involved. This industry is demanding and you have to make many adjustments and sacrifices. It pays off as long as you believe in you, put your best foot forward and learn the business. Don’t go into it because you have friends in the business. Have your own reasons for chasing this dream. Once you find whatever it is that pushes you, hold it close to your heart because you will need that to push you. I encourage all up and coming actors to stick to their guns and never give up,” Brooks said.

Baltimore will be watching Jerome “Ro” Brooks in A Beautiful Soul on May 4 at Owings Mills 17 located 10100 Mill Run Circle in Owings Mills, MD. An Original TV-One Movie, A Beautiful Soul, will be available on DVD in August 2012.