actor, director, producer
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Morocco Omari was raised in Chicago, he attended Jackson state university for 2yrs, then enlisted in the Marine corps. After serving in Desert Storm he stumbled on to Chicago’s theatre scene.
Omari’s journey is captured in Morocco ‘Rocc’ Omari: Potential Meets Discipline, an interview by author Ash Hoden published in Hoden’s Deviation: Positively Extra-Ordinary. Omari reflects on the opportunities that life had presented him, and how his curiosity and conviction have steered him to where he is now. Hoden, equally curious, sets it up as a personal conversation for Morocco Omari, the man and the artist, to reveal himself in his own voice.
“What’s one of the most impactful lessons that you learned,” asks Hoden. Omari pauses for a beat and says, “Staying on your path and believing in yourself. People get into their art form thinking that it’s going to happen overnight, and it’s not going to happen overnight. But if you keep plying your trade and you stay on your road and you keep putting in the work and you continue to grow, it’ll happen. It might not happen when you want it to happen. It might not happen when you think it should happen. Just keep walking forward. That’s it. Keep walking forward. And another thing you have to do: You have to enjoy the journey. You have to appreciate every accomplishment. You have to appreciate every day. Because when you get to where you think you want to be, if you didn’t enjoy the ride, you’re not going to enjoy the destination.”
Directing credits include: (Mis)Leading Man, Good Intentions, Mission Mom Possible, Make A Name and the music videos Big City, and Kanyama. In addition, Omari is the Executive Producer, Writer and Lead Actor in the award-winning film, The Male Groupie which aired on HBO. Omari also produced two television pilots in Uganda: The Reporter, and Cultural Creations; and he’s also the executive producer on the soon to be released film, The Girl in The Yellow Jumper.
Acting TV/Film credits include: 21 Bridges with Chadwick Boseman, and Hot Topics- Wendy Williams biopic. Series regular role on Empire as Tariq Cousins, recurring roles on P- Valley, Homeland, Chicago Fire, NCIS, and Joan of Arcadia. Guest star roles on Blue Bloods, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, Prison Break, and 24. Theater credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire, and A Time To Kill on Broadway, as well as performances at notable theatres such as Lincoln Center, Huntington, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Geffen, Denver Theatre Center, Pittsburgh Public, St. Louis Rep, Lookingglass, and Virginia Stage.
Omari has taught acting in LA, Chicago, Atlanta, Gaborone Botswana, Kigali Rwanda, Nairobi Kenya, Kampala Uganda, and Lagos Nigeria. Interest are traveling, writing, mentoring young filmmakers, actors, and writers.
“Anybody that’s great hasn’t been afraid to fail. When you fall, then you get up. Keep going. Keep walking forward. Don’t let success go to your head, and don’t let your failures go to your heart.” — Morocco Omari