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I'd love to help you out as a reader! I've been an audition reader for years at the occasional casting office when I was based in LA.
I really feel that I wouldn't be where I am today without other performers assisting ME in this way over the years, so this is my way, and opportunity, to "Pay it Forward" by helping my fellow artists prep for their auditions.
It's simply a satisfying feeling to be able assist someone in preparing and be one less thing they have to worry about or navigate in our wild, unpredictable industry. I believe in putting out what you want to receive in this world, and especially in acting, in supporting each other as we all pursue a common goal!! When I hear that I'm trusted, when I see that people are happy to see me in the reader chair, it truly means so much to me and continues to inspire me to be ever better.
Originally from the West African coastal country of Liberia, Togba Norris and his family immigrated to the US as political refugees when he was 5 years old, and was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Like most school kids, he was a part of the class plays. It wasn't until a chance and humbling encounter, during his high school freshman orientation, did his life's journey really begin. Upon being heckled by Mr. Norris, one of his teacher's publicly dare him to "put his money where his mouth was" and audition for the school musical. Little did he know, at the time, taking up the dare would put him on a short list of young actors to work with in Minnesota five years later.
Fast forward five years, Togba has embarked on a professional career as a Minneapolis stage actor and Hip Hop dancer, working The Mixed Blood Theatre and Illusion Theatre Company. Togba's performance as "Jahmal Purdy" in Illusion's production of Always and Forever garnered him critical acclaim, and brought to Illusion Theatre record breaking ticket sales and revenue and propelled Togba onto the stages of every major theatre in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul (Twin Cities Metro area), including the famed Guthrie Theatre main stage and experimental lab theatres. Togba's introduction to The Guthrie was under the direction' of Broadway, Tony, and international award winning theatre directors Bartlett Sher, Joe Dowling, Gary Gissellman, and Sari Ketter, he's also played a principle role in Nigerian playwright Femi Osofisun's production of Many Colors Make the Thunder-King. Mr. Norris has continued his love affair with the theatre by appearing in Mary Lou Newmark and Zebulon Project's West Coast premier of Street Angel Diaries at The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena under the direction of Darin Anthony. He's also gotten involved with Noah Wyle & Daniel Henning''s Blank Theatre Company in Los Angeles. Norris has studied with Sam Christensen, Todd Rohrbacher, Dallas Tavers, Stuart Stone, and Idalis De Leon.
Togba's dedication, ferocity and talent have not been regimented to just the stage. Mr. Norris is now based in Los Angeles. He has appeared in numerous regional and national commercials, industrial videos, and print ads for Best Buy, Coca-Cola, Great Clips, Houlihan's Restaurant chains, Old Chicago Restaurant, The Learning Company, Wilson's Leather , Dayton Hudson/ Marshall Field's, Target, Mervyn's, Wells Fargo, and Northwest Airlines.
Togba can be seen as Merrek Vaughn in Never Fear Studio's End Result: The Web Series exclusively on Koldcast TV, and as Michael in Oracle Releasing and Solace Soleil film Apart, written and directed by Afdhere Jama.
In 2013, Togba premiered as Marrion in Faggot, written, produced, and directed by Kenneth Brown, Jr at the 21st Annual Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. In 2014, Mr. Norris appeared as the S.O.L.A. Group Leader in Eric Gerber's Feature film Pester, and 2015 as The Presenter in Sound Waves, a film by Thomas Personeni.
Theatrical Reel: http://tinyurl.com/Togba-Norris-Demo
Commercial Reel: http://tinyurl.com/4su69qd
IMDB Page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2554083/