Vonzell Scott said he sees dreams taken away every day living on the South Side.
The 25-year-old Roseland resident wants to inspire others as he pursues his dream of becoming a professional actor. The Brother Rice graduate this year appeared in a minor speaking role on “Chicago Fire” and is a lead actor in an upcoming play called “The Road Ahead” that will show at Illinois State University and Chicago State University. He plays the role of Emmanuel, a famous television actor on his way to becoming a movie star — essentially Scott’s goal in real life.
“I want to show people there are other ways to live than just being part of the violence in Chicago,” Scott said. “You just have to work hard for it.”
Whenever Scott auditions or performs, he channels the spirit of his late mother, Debbie Taylor, who died on May 27, 2007, from lung cancer. Scott, an only child, was 16 at the time and a Brother Rice junior. Wednesday would have been Taylor’s 51st birthday.