Web series delivers first bite at Big Apple for CQ Con grad

Published:03 February 2020

Sean Miguel Perez plays The Agent alongside other former students from CQUni's Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Lauren Hamilton Neill and Matt Laird.

CQUniversity Bachelor of Music alumnus Sean Perez is heading to New York City with his award-winning web series, as the Sydney-based actor continues to grow his US career.

Busy as Usual: The Web Series will screen at the Winter Film Awards International Film Festival in New York City on Saturday 22 February, after winning the “under $1000” category at the 2018 Web Series Festival.

The nine-minute production features two other Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music graduates Lauren Hamilton Neill and Matt Laird, and was Mr Perez’s first foray into scriptwriting in 2017.

“This is the first time I’ve taken my work to NYC, so it’s very exciting – I’ve always wanted to be in the home of Broadway!” he said.

Mr Perez was also co-director, producer, casting director and co-editor of Busy As Usual, as well as acting in the core role of The Agent – a role inspired by his real-life work as a talent agent.

“Every day is entertaining and the clients can be larger than life, so it makes for great content,” Mr Perez explained.

“I could easily pen up a season two – but that would be too easy, to be honest!”

Instead, the energetic creative is taking inspiration from another aspect of his life, with writing a second web series focused on the LGBT community, and a short film that takes inspiration from his own family and culture.

“It’s based on my coming out story as it is a funny one, coming from a Filipino family,” he said.

Mr Perez continues to purse acting and singing opportunities, and signed with a US Talent Manager last year, with big pilot season auditions coming up both in Australia and Los Angeles.

“Then as an agent, I have about 75 per cent of my music theatre roster on contract both locally and around the world, so have been working on getting the rest contracts as well as expanding into other fields of the entertainment industry,” he said.

“I've also started a consultant business for actors and performers called Q&Agent and this has seen success from actors landing new representation to getting callbacks and even being flown to LA for chemistry tests, so lots of actors are levelling up and getting closer to their dreams.

“And to be able to help them get there is heart-filling.”