Janet Jackson inspired me to act.
You probably didn't expect me to say that! My first concert was Rhythm Nation. I mean, that woman performed her butt off! I was mesmerized by her, the choreography, the lights, the costumes, the impact on the audience - all of the theatrics! I knew at that moment, that I wanted to be a performer. I wasn't sure what kind of a performer, but I wanted to perform.
I didn't know that I wanted to act until I was in 6th grade. I was chosen by Big Brothers and Big Sisters to play the little brother of former Kansas City Chiefs player, Derron Cherry in a Pizza Hut commercial (It's on Youtube). It just felt right; it was second nature to me. I knew that it was my calling.
Raffeal A. Sears is a native of Kansas City, MO. He holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. He studied commercial vocal performance at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He is a wedding and corporate vocalist for Starlight Orchestras in New York. Recent stage credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Staged reading of Master Wilder and the Cabala (Illinois Theatre/ Goodman Theatre), Twelfth Night (Illinois Theatre) Romeo & Juliet (Illinois Theatre), Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea (Illinois Theatre), The Grapes of Wrath (Illinois Theatre), and Henry V Project (Armory Theater), The Play of Adam (The Met Cloisters, NY), Amazing the Change(Atlantic Theatre, NY), A Midsummer's Night Dream (Nashville Shakespeare Festival), Lost in the Part (Amity Hall, NY), In the Blood (The New School, NY), Moonchildren (Kansas City Rep, MO), and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day (The Coterie, MO). Voice Over: McDonald’s, Burger King, Grand Theft Auto.