HARRISON, N.Y. -- A Harrison teen is achieving a dream years in the making for most actors.
He's written an action comedy series and cast himself in a title role.
Recent Harrison High School graduate Matt Oliva has acted for several years. He plans to launch the web-based show on YouTube or another website so viewers can tune in for free.
The series will likely debut in September, a production schedule dependent on how well his pitch goes on the crowdfunding platform kickstarter.com Already he has 17 backers and raised $768.
Oliva plays Matt Palladino in "Matt & Mike," a show about brothers, Matt and Mark Palladino.
Mark is an actor who gets a job as an acting teacher to keep busy. Matt has always dreamed about being a police officer ever since their father was killed on duty. He takes a job with U.S. Park Ranger Christopher Ryan (Ranger Ryan). The local sheriff who happens to be Christopher Ryan's dad asks his son to patrol the town so he and his deputies can focus on investigating a string of murders. Mark ditches his class to help out. Somewhere along their whacked out journey they start their own investigation and uncover some serious information.
"I developed the (plot) because (I've) been acting for the past few years and decided I wanted to become a writer too, which would help create roles for myself and open up more opportunities," Oliva told Daily Voice.
Plot-wise it took him a while to figure out what to produce.
He didn't want it to be "garbage" just so he could have an acting role, the teen said.
"I wanted it to be entertaining which is why I started acting in the first place, to entertain people."
The series will appeal to "mature but still young," late teens to early 30s, but all ages will enjoy it, said Oliva.
His comic sense started at school.
"I used to always get into trouble in school. Most of the time for fooling around and being a clown."
"I always try to make people laugh, because it puts a smile on their face which puts a smile on my face," he said.