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Published:May 22nd, 2010 18:18 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Daniel Hayes, Up and Coming Star in Toronto

Judyth Piazza chats with Daniel Hayes, Up and Coming Star in Toronto

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)


Born on February 6th, 1985, Daniel Hayes is a Toronto native with a unique Trinidadian and Venezuelan background.  Growing up in Toronto, Daniel was always involved in sports weather it be soccer, basketball, football, baseball or swimming. At the age of 10, he began playing basketball and continued the sport throughout his high school years at Cawthra Park Secondary in Mississauga, Ontario.  At 16, he was already a Certified Lifeguard and an amateur boxer.  

In his senior year of high school, he was recruited to play basketball for several NCAA Division 1 and 2 schools.  However, Daniel decided to stay in Canada where he and his childhood best friend were offered athletic scholarships to Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC.   

College proved to be quite a defining time for Daniel.  Starting as a Kinesiology major, he quickly realized his love for acting after just a single course, at which point he promptly switched his major to Theatre.  No stranger to the camera, this already-published print model since the age of 17, relished in his newfound passion.  It wasn`t long after his revelation that the acting gigs began pouring in. 

At the age of 21, Hayes landed his first commercial with And1, which was quickly followed by a well-known television ad with Nike.  In the spring of 2007, Daniel played a marine in his first short film called Boot Camp. Daniel later that year began studying at The Second City Toronto. 

Just one year later in 2008, Daniel graced the camera yet again as a young criminal suspect in the short film, The Police Story. In the fall of 2009, Hayes competed in the Toronto 48-Hour Film Challenge where participants must write, produce and shoot a short film in just 48 hours!  Not only did Hayes complete the challenge as a writer and producer of a futuristic love story, but he played the star in the film and was nominated for the Best Actor award. 

2009 proved to be a big year for Hayes since a major turning point in his career gave him the opportunity to write, produce and act as the lead role in Modern Day Gladiator, a movie which depicted a detailed look into the life of a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter " which was later entered into the LA Film Festival. In 2009 Hayes successfully completed his studies at the Second City Toronto.     

Daniel kicked off 2010 with a bang shooting his supporting role in the feature film, Going Down in La La Land in which he plays a young man on a journey with his best friend who is desperately trying to make it in Hollywood.  Going Down In La La Land will be released in 2011.  The second half of 2010 also looks promising for Hayes as he gears up for filming in two new movies:  The Silver Chain and Finding Larry. 

Staying true to his passion for athletics, when time permits Daniel trains as an MMA fighter.  He also takes full advantage of his physical ability and helps others reach their fitness goals as a Certified Personal Trainer.