Since he was in the eighth grade, Gulliver Prep junior Tyler Sanchez has wanted to be in theater. His start came when he asked a friend what she was doing after school and she told him she was auditioning for a play. So he tagged along and auditioned, too.
“They put on the sheet any male role, so I did my audition and come Monday people were telling me, ‘Tyler, you are the prince,’” he says.
“Then the drama teacher came up to me and said, ‘Congratulations!’”
Until then, Sanchez had done some acting in commercials, but he didn’t have a lot of experience.
“I tried really hard to stay humble because I knew all of them had been in theater for years,” he says.
These days he has done acted in plays and commercials, and done some modeling. He changed his professional representation and signed with an agency that represents Dancing With the Stars contestant William Levy.
Sanchez says he started acting in commercials when he was in the sixth grade. His mother suggested that he get into the business and found a manager for him.
“It was a year before I got a job, a German print job,” he says. “Ever since then, I’ve booked commercials. I’ve never done anything big.”
What he has done includes a commercial for Procter and Gamble as well as an educational series.
He was on Despierta America modeling for K Mart. His dream is get into movies and television.
“I’d like to act and be a film director,” he says. “Whatever I can do in that field that lets me be creative, and bring home a nice paycheck as well.”
Sanchez is not the only one in the family that acts. His mother and brother were extras in The Glades, the recently cancelled series on A & E.
“I’ve been told many time that my looks are racially ambiguous,” he says. “They think I’m Hispanic, Mexican or Brazilian.”
Since starting in acting at Gulliver and securing the role of the prince in Cinderella in his first play, he has been in Bye Bye Birdie (three minor roles), had the lead roles in Medea and Twelfth Night. He has also appeared in two one-act shows for the drama department.
Sanchez is also involved in water polo at Gulliver. He has been on the team since he was in the eighth grade and has been working hard to become a starter. His plan going into the school year was to dedicate himself to drama in the first semester and water polo in the second semester.
“Eighth grade was my first year playing water polo,” he says. “The only reason was that I was bigger than everyone else.”
His involvement in extracurricular activities includes participation in the Interact Fashion Show and the Swim-A-Thon. The Swim-A-Thon raises money for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
“It has been a huge success,” he says. Since November, Sanchez has been going with a few friends to the Chapman Partnership for the Homeless.
“We go there once a month on a Friday night and play with the kids,” he says. The group is called is called Growing Together Chapman.
His future plans include finishing high school and going to college to study drama. “I’m going to go to college immediately to have that head start,” he says.
Sanchez says he would like to attend college in New York and is considering both NYU and Columbia University.
“In New York there is a huge acting and modeling industry, so I could pursue both,” he says.
By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld