Model Chanel Iman is impressing fans with her her mature choice of the indie film 'Dope' to star her big-screen movie career. She likely could have started her movie acting career in a big-budget movie in which the renowned model would probably have been given a small amount of dialogue and basically played a part similar to attractive window dressing by just being asked to stand up and look attractive.
Instead this beautiful model/actress, whose idol is Halle Berry, decided to accept the role of Lily in the indie movie "Dope" about some nerdy California teenagers trying to survive and thrive in a rough neighbourhood (Style.com - May 6). She revealed that she was drawn to "the multifaceted nature of her character" and how the role provided her the opportunity to move away from her 'model' image and become completely immersed in her acting.
Her acting career-decisions are similar to that of successful model-turned actresses such as Charlize Theron and Halle Berry who took on roles in smaller budget films early in their careers so they could develop and showcase their acting range in juicy, meaty roles which led to larger roles in the future.
Chanel Iman with her choice of the movie "Dope" is proving herself a model/actress whom fans are likely going to be hearing much information about as she is not only in the spotlight for her upcoming movie but also for her sensational model photo shoots for magazines such as Marie Claire UK and her recognition as one of Sports Illustrated's 2015 Swimsuit models.
When a high-profile model is willing to be part of an indie role that decision sends a message to entertainment observers and filmmakers that she is serious about showing herself as an actress with an extensive acting range.
Chanel Iman's decision to act in "Dope" alongside actors such as Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker could result in her being considered so substantial roles in big-budget projects in the future.
Sometimes the best projects for a person breaking into the film world are not those with the biggest budgets but the one that allows a person to display their abilities as an actress as demonstrated by the attention the beautiful Chanel Iman is receiving from critics for her superb performance in "Dope".