About Me

Marking his 15th year in Hollywood Lewis, originally a native of Washington, DC is a Master Barber by family trade, his father a barber of 47 Yrs. along with 17 barbers in his extended family, started off as a sweeper at his family's barbershop at age 5.

 

Doubling throughout the years as a Master Barber throughout the years as a Master Barber, Filmmaker & Musician with coast to coast experience from Washington DC to South Central Los Angeles working with every walk of life. He's cut over 50 celebrities from 50 Cent, Wale, Takkarist Mckinely, Outkast -  Big Boi, Andre 3000, (trivia – He cut Andre’s signature braids off for Idlewild)  when they won their Grammy for Album of the year), Stevie J, John Singleton, Chris Paul, CP3, Soldier Boy etc. His cuts can be seen in Bloomberg Business week, Source double XL, Black Enterprise, GQ Magazine, The Jay Leno Show and a slew of others. 

 

He graduated from Howard University, on a writing scholarship with Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration & Management and has studied at UCLA taking the Feature Film Development class under former Paula Wagner’s Paramount-based company executive Sebastian Twardosz.

 

 

Powell as an actor has been training over the years starting in college with various teachers and techniques in Washington DC from Howard's theater dept. to the Los Angeles area; training with Ivan Markota / Van Marr Academy, Judith Weston, Actors Comedy Studio, AIDA - Australian Actors Institute and the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Achieving over 25 plus Broadcast Television & Film acting credits from a recurring Guest Star role as Officer Norman on NBCʼs CSI Las Vegas to appearing on shows Dexter, Bones, MOM, ER and Director Martin Weisz Sony released film Squatters. He also has several national and international commercials under his belt from clients such as Nike, Subaru, Quickbooks, Modelo beer and more.

 

 

Powell also worked as Head of Development for 4 Yrs. with Comedian Affion Crockett at the onset of his of his FOX debut show ‘In The Flow’ developing under Affionʼs banner Lejan Entertainment. Pitching projects thru various producers and agents at CAA ranging from sitcoms, reality shows, and gaming properties. Powell also served as a producer consultant to Ellene V. Miles that co-produced the hip-hop feature documentary film ‘This is the Life’ that was written and directed by Ava DuVernay. 

 

 

Lewis has Produced, Directed and Produced several feature films, shorts, and music videos. His last feature film was acquired by Vanguard Cinema a mockumentary entitled How 2 Build A Rapper ‘ The JP Mclean Story’ which featured artist and producers such as Big Boi of Outkast, Jazze Pha, Zukhan Bey, Badboys Chucky Thompson and more. Powell’s most noticeable music video produced starred comedians ‘Pierre’ and Oscar award winner Mo'nique.

 

His entertainment career initially began in music as a musician and artist; producing and releasing albums under his independent record company Col'Beast Entertainment working with various Artist such as E-40, Too Short, Scarface, Born Jamericans Edley Shine, B-Legit and Nonchalant.

 

He was listed in The Source's Independence Day Celebration of Hip Hop's National Underground Artists. The single release "How We Do" featuring Nonchalant stayed on the Billboard charts for over 18 weeks, peaking at #2 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. His music has been placed on the hit shows from America's Next Top Model, Puffy's Making the Band, to 50 Cents' "making of” as well as several other film and television shows. He has been featured in Source, BBL, Billboard, Vibe and Impact Magazine for his various accomplishments.

 

 

Currently, his award-winning Short Film ‘PADLOCK MEN’ which he wrote directed, produced, starred and composed is making its way around the film festival circuit nationally an internationally with 27 Official Selections  2 of which were Oscar qualifying to the project to date has a total of 16 wins and nominations. He can also be seen as an Actor in his latest role playing the character ‘Quinn’ in'“KINGS' leading the 92 LA Riots starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig.
His favorite quote is... 

 

#THEJOURNEYISTHEEXPERIENCE

#THEEXPERIENCEISTHEJOURNEY 

2010 - present
2010 - present

TELEVISION

 

CSI (5)                                                Rec. Guest Star                                 CBS Dir. Alec Smight

Hit the Floor                                     Co-Star                                               VH1 Dir. Bille Woodruff

State of Affairs                                 Co-Star                                                NBC Dir. Ben Bray

Stalker                                               Co-Star                                               CBS Dir. Liz Friedlander

The Mentalist                                   Co-Star                                               CBS Dir. Paul Kaufman

MOM                                                Co-Star                                               CBS Dir. Ted Wass

Raising Hope                                    Co-Star                                               FOX Dir. Rebecca Asher

Bones                                                Co-Star                                               FOX Dir. Dwight Little

Dexter                                               Co-Star                                               SHOWTIME Dir. Keith Gordon

Off Their Rockers                             Co-Star                                               NBC Dir. Paul Miller

The Whole Truth                              Co-Star                                               ABC Dir. Jeffrey Hunt

Trading Eights                                  Rec. Guest Star                                  NEW MEDIA Dir. Bailey Kobe

Split Ends (Lew The Barber)            Guest Star                                          Style Network

 

FILM
Kings                                                  Supporting                                         Dir. Deniz Gamze Erguven

Padlock Men                                     Lead                                                    Tree of Life Pics & Film

Squatters                                           Supporting                                         SONY/ Dir. Martin Weisz

Beauty In the Broken                        Lead (w/Chris Gilbert Payne)            Dir. Max Leonida

5 Minutes                                           Supporting                                         Dir. Roman Michael

Heads or Tails           AMEX              Supporting                                         ANONYMOUS CONTENT /Dir. Shyam Madiraju

On the Job Training                         Supporting                                         Dir: Geff Zamor

How 2 Build A Rapper                      Lead                                                   Vanguard Cinema

919                                                      Lead                                                   Anacost  Films

Urban Killaz: Blood Bills                   Lead                                                    York Entertainment

How We Do (Music Video)               Lead (w/Mo’Nique)                           Col-Beast Ent.

 

MUSIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Billboard Magazine                    Top 100 singles chart #80

America’s Next Top Model        “Go Shawty” placement  

 

THEATRE – (additional theatre upon request)

Piano Lesson                                        Boy Willie                                           Crampton Auditorium

Miss Twiddle And the                          Devil Harry                                         12th St. Playhouse

 

TRAINING

John Rosenfeld Studios Judith Weston Television Master Class Los Angeles, Beverly Hills Playhouse Scene Study Los Angeles, ACS sitcom training, Kat Shea Technique & Improv Los Angeles, AIDA Cold Reading/ Scene Study Los Angeles, Ivan S. Markota Scene Study/Bus. Of Acting Los Angeles, Jeff Sable  Improv/Comedy Los Angeles, Howard University Theatre Washington

 

SPECIAL SKILLS Celebrity Master Barber aka “Lew The Barber”  (ex. of clients “graced by the tools” 50 cent, Dwayne Wade, John Singleton, Outkast, Chris Paul CP3, Master P, David Koechner, Rockmund Dunbar to name a few started at 13yrs old, Barbershop sh*t talking (lol), Music producer & studio engineer , Demolitionist & Light weapon firearms, traveling.