David W Ross is an award-winning actor, filmmaker and tech entrepreneur living in Los Angeles. He first found success as a member of a British boy band in the 90s, notching up 5 top 40 hits plus a top 40 album. Tours of Europe and Asia followed but he escaped his fame at just 21 by moving to California to concentrate on music and writing.
After being scouted by a commercial acting agency David began auditioning for TV spots, and to his surprise, booking jobs. On set, he fell in love with the process of filmmaking and found a new regard for acting and actors.
In an almost improbable twist of fate, David’s first major feature film audition lead to him being cast in the Sundance film festival double winner Quinceañera(Grand Jury & Audience Awards). The film also picked up the Independent Spirit’s John Cassavetes Award. The film brought Latino culture in Los Angeles to the forefront as well as the everyday lives of gay men living in Echo Park. Inspired by his experience working with directors Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer (Still Alice, The Last of Robin Hood) David went on to write, produce and star in his own issue-driven movie I Do, which explored the heart-breaking realities gay people and their families faced before DOMA was overturned by the US Supreme Court. Raising over $100,000 on sites including Kickstarter and Indiegogo I Do enjoyed national and international theatrical and digital releases and went on to win 12 festival awards including “Best of the Fest” at Palm Springs International.
As a producer David has worked with casting directors who use self tapes as part of the casting process. As an actor, after he was asked to submit a self tape for a pilot within the hour and had no one to read with, he realized there was also a need for an app that could help. An app that could not only produce a professional self tape with no editing knowledge, but that could also assist you if there was no reader.
Having been involved in the world of commercial and theatrical acting for years, David called up casting directors he had met and auditioned for. He asked them what they would want from an app that could record, edit and deliver self tapes.
Slatable® was released on the App Store in July 2016. Since it’s release the app has been downloaded thousands of times in over 40 countries helping actors and casting directors cast film, TV and stage projects.