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Afro-Caribbean Latina American Salma Isabel Salinas started acting at the tender age of four. Born in Houston, Texas with strong ties to New York City, Salma began seriously acting at the age of eight with her break out role in the professional theater production of "A Christmas Carol” at the Alley Theater in Houston, Texas.
After receiving excellent reviews, Salma decided to further her acting career by taking private lessons to improve her craft; training in both improv and on-camera acting.
It was not long before Salma landed her first leading role in a professional production of Les Miserables. She portrayed the young Cosette beautifully on stage at the Dallas Theater, with the guidance of Tony nominated director Lisel Tommy.
"[Performing as Young Cosette] opened my eyes to the world of theater and acting on a professional level".
Since Les Miserables, Salma has had various opportunities to work with filmmakers and actors from various genres. From Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlburg in Daddy’s Home to Jaden Smith in recently premiered Netflix series The Get Down, a tale about the birth of Hip Hop set in 1970’s Bronx, New York. Platinum Hip Hop artist Nasir “Nas” Jones and Oscar winner Catherine Martin, amongst other well-known industry moguls, executively produced The Get Down.
Filmmakers and producers who have had the opportunity to work with this rising talent have been impressed with her engaging presence and her focus.She credits her level of consciousness and dedication to her hero, her manager, coach, teacher and best friend-her mom. Keeping her grounded and motivated, she learned what true sacrifice looks like.