Originally from New York City, Sammy Voit (born Samuel Mori Voit) is a Young Artist Academy-
nominated actor working with commercial and TV experience on networks including NBC, CBS,
Fox, Showtime, and Food Network. Sammy also has worked on a number of films, including To
Dust, which won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and Helen, for the Best Fiction
Short Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Sammy recently appeared alongside Kevin Jonas in the Happiness Continues film and tour.
Sammy is trained in dance, filmmaking, digital and film photography, and the culinary arts and has
competed in a number of network culinary shows. Sammy is making a documentary called The Bus
Stop about homelessness throughout NYC and LA. Additionally, he has teamed up with the
Seacrest Foundation and children's hospitals throughout the U.S., entertaining and speaking with patients and their families. Sammy spends his time between NYC and LA. He has two siblings and two rescue dogs named, Hezi and Benny.
During the Pandemic of 2020, Sammy has been recording the lives of people during the pandemic
and putting together a documentary called Masked.
Young Artist Academy™ Awards
2021 Outstanding Director - Nominated
2021 Best Performance in a Feature Film: Supporting Youth Artist - Nominated
2021 Best Performance in a Short Film Role: Teen Actor - Nominated
2021 Best Performance in a Streaming Series: Leading Teen Actor - Nominated
2021 Best Performance in a Streaming Series Role: Teen Actor - Nominated
2021 Best Performance in a Streaming Film Role: Teen Actor - Nominated
2021 Best Performance in a TV Series: Leading Young Artist - Nominated Press Interview
2021 Best Performance in a
Moscow Jewish Film Festival
2020 Jury Prize Best Film - Winner
2019 April Award Best Short Film - Winner
Tribeca Film Festival
2018 Audience Award Narrative - Winner
15-year old actor and activist Sammy Voit from NYC and LA has already experienced a wide range of the Entertainment Industry. He talks about auditioning, industry lessons, philanthropy and what actually got him into acting.
There are so many things I love about working in Entertainment. There are so many talented people in the industry that I can learn from. I love transforming into characters who tell stories that make people think, laugh and cry. I love that as an actor in the Entertainment industry I have an outlet to creatively challenge myself. I also love crafty!
I got into acting really through my stomach! My first network shows were on MasterChef Junior, Chopped Junior and Food Network Star Kids. I love to cook and found myself cooking on TV. I realized how much I loved being in front of the camera and it was during this time that I decided that acting was what I wanted to do with my life.
Another thing I would like people to know is that I am an activist. I want to be part of the solution to ending homelessness. I used to be someone who would walk down the street and avoid eye contact with the woman sitting with her sign or I would cross the street to avoid the homeless man on the corner asking for food. Sometimes I would check my car door to make sure it was locked if someone was in the middle of the street asking for food while we drove by. And I never ever looked a homeless person in the eyes. This all changed for a few years ago when I started working on a documentary called The Bus Stop. I have been interviewing and working with homeless individuals throughout NYC and LA to help them have a voice and tell their stories. It is a goal of my film to break down the barriers that are erected between and within communities and to help people realize that we can all make a difference to help each other by creating support networks.
One incorrect assumption I made before I started to make this documentary on homelessness is that homeless people lack education and intelligence. This is a fact I am embarrassed to admit. I was so wrong. The people I meet who live on the street are smart, really smart. They have dreams just like I do. It is my goal to share what I have learned with the world in my documentary called The Bus Stop.
I was in a film called To Dust with Geza Rohrig and Mathew Broderick. This film won a number of awards including the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and was nominated at the Independent Spirit Awards. This film was a highlight for me as an actor because it was an intense topic that explored the science of death. It was about what happens to a body after it dies. In this film, I play a kid whose mom dies. This role pushed me as a young actor to explore the deep and intense feelings that a kid would feel after losing his mom. I grew as an actor. This was also the first role I had which required changing my appearance. My head was shaved in this film and I normally have a lot of hair. Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola, executive producers of this film, taught me that becoming a character requires commitment, often even physically.
Another film that I feel is noteworthy is called Helen. It won the Best Short at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Helen is a story about a child and his and nanny, who is really a robot (although you can’t tell from her appearance). Helen tells a beautifully realistic story about love and the human-machine existence relationship.
Last year I played young Kevin Jonas in the Jonas Brothers’ Happiness Begins tour and Happiness Continues film. There are a number of memorable stories from being a part of these projects. One of my favorite stories was filming late at night at an empty amusement park. The last shot was in a rollercoaster. I had never been in one before. Kevin took me on it and made me feel so comfortable. It was crazy because we were the only two people (along with the camera) on the rollercoaster. It was an amazing first ride!
Networking Tip: Everyone needs recognition and acknowledgement of the work they do, regardless of their roles. I think that recognizing the contributions people make, being grateful and sharing that gratitude with the individuals I have met along the way has helped me to establish relationships.
Inspiration from Award Season: For me, “Awards Season” inspires me to keep working hard and as my agent says, "to keep moving forward." I want to use my acting to tell stories and make a difference in the world by helping people feel things they haven’t felt before or learn something new. I want to create stories that allow people to “escape” from their reality into another one temporarily. To me, Awards Season, highlights how other actors have done this successfully and provides me with opportunities to learn. Awards Season is also a time when actors have a responsibility to use their voices for social justice and equality. This helps fuel my determination to help make the world a better place.
Business Advice: Be motivated by the process of acting. This includes the excitement of receiving an audition, learning about the characters and telling their stories, the anticipation of the possibility of a booking and then rejection, and then the next high point of a new audition, it is about the happiness and pure joy of booking a role. It is about the entire journey of being an actor and learning to love the process.
Don’t miss Sammy in the drama From Dark Eyes to Winter’s Eternity and In the Heart of the Country - both slated for release this year
Follow Sammy on IG @sammyvoit and his Official Site SammyVoit.com