050: Yuval David - Advocacy through being an Actor, Host, and Filmmaker

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“Artistic expression is vividly imaginative and ingenious when created and shared. The self-expression of the creative and genuine artist resonates with the collective consciousness. Art is a reflection of society. The artistic and creative representation of society is vital in the process of society moving forward, developing, and progressing.”

“And, ultimately, art is a vehicle for social change.”

“I focus on the narrative, the story I am telling. By embracing authentic truth, the boldness and vulnerability of the characters I play and the narratives I share all go hand-in-hand, in my creative journey of being a storyteller."

Yuval David describes this as he illustrates his own process. Award-winning actor, host, and filmmaker Yuval David has become acclaimed for his work, including evocative and sometimes provocative performances on screen and stage. His art of storytelling through the perspective lenses of the characters involved in the stories he shares is compelling and captivating. He transports himself and his audiences along on the journey. Each role Yuval marvelously brings to life he treats as a masterclass in using art as a fundamental agent for social change. He skillfully conveys other perspectives as both unique and universal. He is known for his creative vision, perceptive approach, transcendent performances, and his seemingly effortless ability to make people laugh and cry in the same moment. His profound dexterity to get to the soulfulness of each character’s humanity has landed him major series regular and guest starring roles in some of the most widely celebrated and talked about television series and films in recent years. Whether he’s appearing in HBO’s new series ‘The Plot Against America,’ CBS’ hit political drama ‘Madam Secretary’ or ABC’s long-running primetime hidden camera show ‘What Would You Do?’ his appearances not only entertain with heart and pathos but explore the mosaic human experience. No role is squandered as Yuval always uses his robust public platform to engage his audience. He invites them to take an active role in improving the world around them. He simultaneously empowers his audience, and makes them feel deeply appreciated.

His mission to entertain, uplift, and inspire, hasled him to host, narrate, create, produce and direct engaging and thought provoking content. His work is seen across YouTube and a myriad of social media channels. He currently produces almost a dozen web-series, short films, documentaries, and regularly performs his one-person shows in theatres. The charming, captivating, witty and funny powerhouse of energy is frequently invited to emcee and speak on behalf of countless cultural, humanitarian, philanthropic, social and political initiatives and institutions. This includes the Israeli Consulate in New York, most recently hosting Israel’s 70thAnniversary Celebration in Times Square, in front 30,000 live eventgoers and millions of viewers around the world. He has become a go-to host and narrator for short- and long-form video content and documentary features for Jewish, Israeli, LGBTQ, Arts, Cultural and Humanitarian Organizations and Initiatives, including The National LGBTQ Task Force, the Jewish National Fund (JNF USA), and Stand With Us.

As a social journalist and keynote speaker, sometimes this advocacy work takes on a more literal approach. He regularly travels across the United States and abroad, in recent years bringing him to the illustrious heights of Capitol Hill and to powerful major multinationals and nonprofit organizations. He often speaks about the significance of using art and creativity as a dynamic engine toward social good. Yuval empowers people to see themselves as advocates for their communities, uniting together to support their own communities and others, and seeing these efforts as equally important. Yuval has a sensitivity and flair for inclusively interfacing with cast and crew, and equally with the audience and participants. He says, “I aim to create a safe space and a brave space, in which I can bring out the best in others and myself. This is a collaboration, unifyingus all.” In addition to “Madam Secretary,” “The Plot Against America,” and “What Would You Do?” Yuval’s on-screen credits also include “The Michael J Fox Show,” “Unforgettable,” and “Days of Our Lives;” leading and supporting roles in films such as “Incipient,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Nephilim,” “Awakening of Spring,” “You,” and “The Fifth Estate;” and lead roles in contemporary and classic theatrical works, including: Broadway in “The Game;” Off-Broadway in “Daddy Issues,” “Bunburry,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “In The Swing.” As much as possible, Yuval enjoys performing in regional theatres across the United States and abroad. Yuval regularly does voice overs for animation, commercials, narration, documentaries, and industrials. As a TV host, Yuval specializes in human interest, environmental, travel, food, culinary, and lifestyle shows. He is the host of multiple shows on television and online. You can follow him on his journey through:

Listen as we talk about:

  • I have this platform where I can reveal truths
  • In order to inspire to entertain - to get people to think
  • Ears don't blink
  • Vulnerability is the most interesting thing to reveal
  • I like to find the ugly and make it beautiful
  • Everything is an adventure; Treat it like an adventure
  • To be able to make somebody else shine and know it

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