Hollywood scale,” Ferril-Cupid said. “When I was 25, I said I planned on going to Hollywood. Sometimes when your dreams outweigh your circumstances, you just have to look beyond your borders to find the satisfaction. I couldn’t and would never feel satisfied unless I took the opportunity to come here and pursue what was once a dream but has since been revealed to be a purpose,” she indicated. Her first formal exposure to the performing arts was at age 17 when she won Best Actress in the Jamaica Schools Drama Festival. This was the catapult she needed to dive into professional acting. Then, she had a gueststar role on the then popular Lime Tree Lane, and did her first professional theatre production at 18 years old with Ginger Knight’s awardwinning play Deportee. She would spend three years with Knight playing the lead role in his subsequent production Higglers. Ferril-Cupid’s stage presence made her a popular choice for theatre productions, and for the next 18 years, she was consistently on stage moving from one production to another, working with successful theatre producers including Jambiz International was nominated for an Actor Boy Award for her role as Diana in Dirty Diana. She also worked with Louis Marriott, Ellis International and Pablo Hoilett, productions for which she received Actor Boy nominations.
She also ventured into doing voice-overs and ‘to date’ has voiced numerous radio and television commercials and radio dramas, most of which she wrote and produced. Ferril-Cupid is heard on commercials for Digicel, FLOW Jamaica, Jamaica Public Service, Coca Cola, Red Bull, Scotiabank, RBC, Grace Foods, and Western Union, to name a few. Her voice was the popular Daphne on the the Jamaica Public Service’s weekly programme, ‘Power Connection’. This was her brainchild, and she wrote, produced and directed each episode for more than 13 years. She can also be heard in a variety of formats across the Caribbean, North America, and the United Kingdom.
On her journey to Hollywood, FerrilCupid also started her own company, Cuferri Productions, with her husband, Rohan, in 2007. The company represented actors as an agent and was also responsible for producing radio and television productions.
Her local film résumé includes a cameo in the hit Jamaican movie Ghetta Life. The lead female and one malecostar were both talents represented by Cuferri Productions.
However, these amazing accomplishments by Ferril-Cupid were not enough having always had her eyes set on the lights of Hollywood. Initially, she simply wanted to be the awardwinning actress who would bring glory to her country. That dream, however, has since shifted to include so much more.
Ferril-Cupid, who initially relocated to Canada from Jamaica, became dismayed by the Canadian prospects and decided to pursue a master’s degree concentrating on film-making in the United States. She enrolled at the New York Film Academy in California.
After completing her degree, FerrilCupid decided she wanted to write and direct movies, using all she had gleaned to tell Caribbean stories on the Hollywood stage.
“We went to Canada ... never liked it. There was always something pushing us out of our comfort zone. So I came here initially as a student. I went to school, got some awesome grades, however, since leaving, I have been invited back to teach. Then I was snatched up by the same agent who represented Anna Nicole Smith,” FerrilCupid said.
“After he viewed my profile, we have been working towards getting the roles I am interested in doing and not just what is available,” she added.
FerrilCupid has since been invited by the New York Film Academy to teach Global Media, Communications and Cinema Studies. Having appeared on Judge Karen, she has done print work for Samsung and has produced, directed, and performed in numerous Hollywood shorts within the past year. One of her recent projects includes a short film called Our Little Macadamia Nutt, which is currently in post production that she hopes to enter into an international film festival.
Within the next few years, FerrilCupid wants to have fully established herself as a solid contributor to the international film industry with a production company of her own. She also wants to work on telling stories from a Caribbean perspective.
My motivation is that I don’t know how to fail. I fall, I hear a lot of ‘nos’, I get sad and depressed sometimes, but then I realise that my life isn’t about me and my petty issues. My life is about how God uses and will continue to use me to help others to recognise their potential. So staying motivated is a divine necessity,” Ferril-Cupid said. With her passion for helping others, Ferril-Cupid plans to impart her knowledge on the local stage. “I don’t think it’s possible for me to learn all these new things and make all these connections and not share. I know how many of my people have similar dreams but again lack the opportunities, so in any way possible I can share knowledge or offer guidance, I am ready and able,” she said.