From GramFam to the Big Screen

A former Gramblinite is rapidly rising to the top of his acting career by being featured in an upcoming film, Carter High, which hits theaters nationwide this November.

Orlando Valentino credits much of his success to GSU faculty and staff such as Dr. King Godwin and his experiences in the Floyd L. Sandle Theater.  

“There, I was able to better my acting skills and gain better understanding of the art of acting,” said Valentine.

It was also in the GSU Television Center with Alan Blakeney and Joyce Evans in the 91.5 KGRM FM radio station where Valentino gained discipline, punctuality and other television and radio skills that has made him marketable.  

A Grambling student from 2010-2014, Valentino states that his experiences as a GSU student helped mold him into the person he is today.  
“Looking back on my time at Grambling, I can honestly say that there’s absolutely nothing I would change. Grambling helps you build character and leadership if you allow it,” said Valentino.

Valentino encourages current students to “Get involved” and take advantage of the plethora of opportunities at their disposal.  
Among his many memories, he recalls the pleasure he felt after receiving notification of his lead role in Carter High.

“It truly is a blessing being able to have an actual feature film and other projects, that I can’t mention, under my belt.”

He received his first acting award in 2006 for best drama solo from the North Texas district during the Fine Arts Festival for the Assemblies of God churches.
He recalls a recent encounter with Bishop T.D. Jakes.  

Valentino said, “While I was rehearsing for The Potter’s House of Dallas Easter production with the role of satan, I was pulled to the side by Bishop T.D. Jakes. When I got off the stage, rehearsal was still going and over the music and everything he shook my hand and told me that I was a phenomenal actor and that he was blown away by my performance.”

To follow in his footsteps, Valentino suggests you “keep your faith fresh and strong.”

He admits that you must prepare to lose friends and possibly loved ones.

He had to make sacrifices, but believes his trust in God is what carried him through.  “It took me 13, going on 14 years to get to this point in my acting career, but glory to God. I still have a long way to go, but I’m finally here!’

The film features Pooch Hall Vivica A. Fox, David Banner, and Charles S. Dutton.