As a multi-faceted, creative entrepreneur, the scope of Renee Faia’s career includes accomplished film and television actor, voice over artist, director, photographer, singer of The Mazarines.
While working several years for Castle Rock Entertainment, first in television, as costume stylist and then in film, as an art department coordinator, Renee simultaneously began to study acting. She continued to work in various creative positions behind the scenes, including, set decorator, set designer, model-maker, make-up artist and photographer. Renee was about to embark on the path of art director, when she decided to make a full turn toward acting. Her first film role was in, The American President, which Rob Reiner cast Renee in after working with her behind the scenes on, A Few Good Men.
Renee found her real breakthrough and first starring role when she was chosen from a nation-wide search to play Cher, a role that earned her critical acclaim, in the ABC, MOW, And The Beat Goes On: The Sonny & Cher Story. Renee was also cast opposite singer Dave Matthews in Disney’s Where The Red Fern Grows, a feature film based on the popular children’s book. Director Neil Burger (Divergent) cast Renee in his first film, Interview With The Assassin, which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. Renee was the female lead opposite Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) in High Roller, a film based on the true story of legendary poker champion Stu “The Kid” Unger. High Roller received a Prism Festival Award as well as the Audience Award at the Nashville Film Festival. Renee has also guest starred on such television shows as, Everybody Loves Raymond, Seinfeld, ER and Private Practice, No Ordinary Family and Free Agents. Renee just completed filming Loveology, due out in 2016.
Renee is award-nominated for her voice over work. Her standout vocal talents can be heard on countless television and radio commercials, video games and feature films, with credits that include Clear Mobile, Levi’s, Apple/iPhone, Starbucks, the IMAX documentary, Dolphins, NCIS, Esmeralda, in Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, TNMT, as Karai, and the feature films In Time and Ride. Most recently, she worked with Werner Herzog on his new film Queen of the Desert.
Renee also recently directed the music video, Julie Drinks for the band Willodean, which won at the 2015 International iPhone Film Festival. Renee directed the music video, Summer Wine for her band, THE MAZARINES, which won at the 2014 International iPhone Film Festival. Currently, Renee is recording her second EP with the band.