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 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 Award) directed by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer (Still Alice, The Last of Robin Hood). 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 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. 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 the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
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 but had no one to read with, he realized there was a need for an app that could help. An app that could not only produce a professional self tape with no editing knowledge but could also assist an actor if there was no reader.
After collaborating with top casting directors and actors, Slatable® debuted on the Apple AppStore in July 2016. Since it’s release, the app has been downloaded tens of thousands of times in over 40 countries and has become the go-to app for actors and casting directors in film, TV and stage.