I am an award winning American actress. I began my acting career in 2015 booking my first nationally aired commercial. I continued on with several TV and Internet commercials. Shortly after, I began working in short film and TV. Some of my earlier supporting roles include Irene in the short film Reversed Destiny (2016), Maxine in the TV series Adulthood (2017), and Wolf Girl in the short film Sylphvania Grove (2018). All three titles have gone on to win several awards at various film festivals. In 2018, I landed two lead roles. The first was for the role of Grace in the short film "A" My Name Is (2018) and the second was for the role of Ivy in the TV movie Last Vermont Christmas which currently airs on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Additionally, I am a co-star for the TV series How Am I Doing.
For "A" My Name Is, I have won three awards for Best Lead Actress in a Short Film; Nice International Film Festival, NOVA star awards, and Young Entertainer Awards. For my role in Last Vermont Christmas, I won Best Lead Actress in a TV Movie at the Young Artist Awards. And for my role in How Am I Doing, I won Best Lead Actress in a TV Series at the Skyline Performer Awards.
I am also an accomplished singer, pianist and songwriter and began training in 2012. After auditioning for the role of Grace in "A" My Name Is, the director asked if I would like to write a song for the film. I penned my first single "Broken Wing" which was released on all music platforms in 2018. I am currently writing several songs and recently released "Rain" and my latest single "Movin' On". "Movin' On" recently won Best Single at the IndieBOOM! Festival.
I enjoy performing live for audiences whether its a music recital, open mic night or singing as a guest with other talented musicians.
In my spare time I really enjoy songwriting, writing stories, playing piano, figure skating, dancing, painting and drawing, crocheting, and swimming.
I am interested in commercial, TV, film, voice over, singing, stage and modeling opportunities. Please see my resumé for the details of my experience and skills.
A hit man double crossed and left for dead by his employers, comes back deadlier than ever to reap vengeance on those responsible with the help of his 12 year old daughter.
A former alcoholic battles old habits while trying to rebuild his fleeting acting career and regain the respect of his daughter.
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Awards and Film Festivals
Best Lead Actress in a Short Film
for "A My Name Is"
NIFF PRESS RELEASE
Best Lead Actress in a TV Movie
for Last Vermont Christmas
Best Lead Actress in a TV Series
for How Am I Doing?
Official release available now on all music platforms! Produced by Len Monachello at Soundtronics.
Official release available now!
"Broken Wing" is my first single which I wrote and recorded for the indie film "A My Name Is" written and directed by Sarah Schwab.
"Broken Wing" Produced by Len Monachello at Soundtronics.
Dedicated to my Grandmother
Sharon Lee Friedman
March 22, 1947 - May 18, 1982
I will be playing Lilly in Donnell Henry's new TV series about a hit man double crossed and left for dead by his employers, comes back deadlier than ever to reap vengeance on those responsible with the help of his 12 year old daughter. Principal photography for the sizzle reel is scheduled to shoot in August 2020.
I will be playing the role of Maxine in this web series by Rob Alicea. Principal photography for season 1 is TBD.
A short film about a young girl with early stage cancer who has a late-night adventure in a hospital that culminates in the realization of her mortality.
A short film about Gavin, a student about to graduate with his MFA in Photography, whose life gets turned on its head when his aunt and uncle die suddenly and name him the guardian for his younger cousin, Alina. Despite his concerns that he is not a suitable fit, he agrees to raise her.
Music video for Brooklyn based post punk band Big Bliss.
In Scott Rocco's debut music video, a surfer boldly attempts to conquer the ocean as a little girl fights to overcome her fear of it.
For Super Bowl 50 the NFL and Seal brought together some actual Super Bowl Babies to recreate one of the greatest love songs of all time to celebrate the greatest game of all time.
A short film about a young girl who wishes for her stuffed animal bunny to come alive to aid her through her parents' crumbling marriage.
An African-American boy and an old Caucasian man meet by chance, and the boy feels a strong relationship with him from a past life because they have "Reversed Destiny."
This is a PSA I did for Amudim which also won many film festival awards.
A short film about a troubled girl who follows a magical being into the woods where her fears take on fantastical forms.
An incompatible family's slumber is interrupted by an emergency notification: an inbound ballistic missile is nearing their area. With just minutes left to live, they struggle to articulate their collective identity.
"Samarah has proven time and time again that she is a fine artist, with superb timing, and remarkable inborn talent for someone of her young age. Not content to simply follow direction, Samarah displays a rare artistic maturity as she increasingly strives to delve deeper into her character as well as the text, discovering nuances and shadings which would be lost on a lesser talent. Her willingness to listen and learn, her friendly smile and cheerful countenance, and her dedication to caring about others, make her a joy to work with and beloved by all."
"Samarah Conley is such an extraordinary actress, and is always a pleasure to work with. I cast her first in a reading of a feature film I had written, and she was so fantastic that she cemented her place at the top of my shortlist for future projects. Everything I've written in the several years since, I've called her in, and she's booked it more often than not. Even when I've worked with large creative teams, everyone has been in agreement that she brings an immense talent to the table. Her work ethic is second to none, always arriving to set with a smile and delivering a beautiful performance take after take. As an actor working opposite her, she elevates my work and lifts the entire scene with her presence and commitment. She is a joy to have around, maintaining a positive attitude wherever she goes. Any project that involves Samarah is endlessly enjoyable, and she has inspired me so much that I've begun writing roles specifically for her. I consider myself extremely lucky to know someone who is so incredible to work with both on- and off-screen."
"In all of my years performing as a singer/songwriter and actor, I have never known and worked with a young artist as truly talented, gifted, driven, kind, and genuinely down to earth as Samarah. She has a beautiful old soul that resonates with people through her sassy personality, professionalism, and most of all, her big heart. Samarah's energy is inspiring to be around. She is a wonderful role model for the youth of our generation; a positive influence who will make the people around her and the rest of the world a lot better. Go Samarah!"
"Samarah is terrific. I first met her during an audition in which she blew me away and raised the hair on my arms with a scene that barely lasted a minute. Her emotional performance left me certain that I needed to work with her. What I asked of her in Sylphvania Grove would have been a challenge to anyone, but it was even greater for a child whose personality is nothing like the character she had to portray and, on top of that, she had to contend with an uncomfortable costume while being barefoot in the woods. Nevertheless, Samarah showed great bravery by overcoming her fears and insecurities, creating a three dimensional character and performing splendidly during our long hours of filming. Her desire to do her best shined throughout the shoot and her joyful countenance made her a pleasure to have around."
Writer, Director and Producer
"The most talented young actress I've had the privilege of collaborating with, Samarah works with impeccable poise and demonstrates a truly unique sense of artistic honesty. She brought so many special qualities to our set; incredible imagination, vivacity, kindness, and sincerity, all while maintaining the expertise and respectability of a true professional. Samarah's commitment to character, paired with her deep sensibilities and mastery of subtlety, make her work as an actress exceptionally powerful."
"We cast Samarah in a guest starring role in the series Adulthood. She is extremely professional, well prepared, and an overall joy to have on set. The entire cast and crew could not say enough good things about Samarah and her work. I simply cannot recommend her enough; the sky is the limit for this bright young actor!"
Executive Producer, Director of Development
Leaving Normal Productions
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