Giving Back - The YDI Actors Core


"A lot of kids are pushed to the side because they’re told they can’t be successful in the entertainment industry. I want to teach them how to be creative on their own. I hope to open their eyes to the industry.”

- Steven Michael Quezada
Veteran Comedian, Actor and Director of the YDI Actors Core

“The Actor’s Core” a YDI film industry program, is headed by industry veteran Steven Michael Quezada, who also stars in Emmy award-winning show “Breaking Bad” on AMC. One of Steven’s true passions is to give back to his community by giving young people access to himself and other industry professionals. “The film and television industry has been growing rapidly in New Mexico, so I want to help young people grow in the skill sets they need to work in the industry since now,“ says Steven.

Steven decided to create the program because of the trials he faced on his route to fame. Though he is a well-trained Shakespearian actor, finding work early on in his career proved to be difficult.

“I want these kids to learn skills that will allow them to have jobs in entertainment in the future,” says Steven. “The reason most people in New Mexico aren’t getting roles in film is they aren’t trained for film. Kids have theater classes in school but no film class and not all families have money they can throw at a kid’s dreams.”

Young people will learn a variety of skills within the film and television trade along with acting. Participants will learn from other industry professionals – including Emmy award winning actor Bryan Cranston. “Mr. Cranston has been invaluable to developing this program,” Steven says. “He has given a generous donation to us to get this program off the ground. It just goes to show how passionate he is about working in New Mexico.” Gwyn Savage, a local filmmaker who worked on Breaking Bad’s crew also gave of herself generously to make the Actor’s Core project happen.

Interested youth can apply by emailing a letter of interest to Steven Michael Quezada at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

excerpts taken from articles "Breaking Bad’ actor gives back to Albuquerque" by Carrie Mehl
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Youth Development Incorporated, founded in 1971, is a nationally-recognized youth service organization that provides educational, developmental, and humanitarian assistance to children, youth and families in central and northern New Mexico. YDI serves more than 12,200 clients each year through direct services and an additional 10,000 clients through related outreach programs.


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