As a child, David G. Baker had an enlarged head and struggled with school, but it wasn’t until he started experiencing amnesia and seizures that a medical problem was discovered. At the age of seven, David was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a swelling of the brain caused by fluid buildup. Since that time, David has undergone seven brain surgeries, each one a temporary procedure, often with medical complications.
Because of his disease, David wasn’t able to progress in school at the same rate as the other students. “Everybody was moving fast while I stayed way behind,” he says. He dropped out of school at seventeen and tried a number of jobs – farming, powder coating technician, and painter – none of them working out. In 2000 he gave up and applied for disability, convinced he’d never be successful at any work. But he wasn’t content sitting around not working. He wanted a career, something he could succeed at, and in March 2012, he stumbled upon his calling.
“I found out about a pilot called ‘Nashville’” says David. “I went out and worked one day, March 28, 2012, as a press photographer. I liked it so much I started finding other auditions and work in film.” In the year following, he has been involved in thirty eight projects, including four faith-based feature films.
In “A Matter of Time” he plays a teacher, chef, wedding guest, and basketball spectator. In “The Identical” he is a bar patron, concert patron, drive-in patron, and church member. In “Flowers for Fannie” he is a church member, wedding guest, and museum tourist, but he also has a speaking role as a yard seller. In “Redemption” he plays a cook, which involved several lines.
Although David does a variety of short films, feature films, and television shows, his preference is faith-based features. “They are the best to work on,” he says. “Everyone is easier to work with and family like.”
David’s film goal is to do as many projects as he can and start getting lead roles. “My dream film would have all my acting friends in it, with everyone having a great role. A series or film with many parts would be nice as we continue to all work on the same projects together for a long time.” When David speaks of wanting his friends to get good roles, he is sincere. He actively works at finding out about upcoming projects and spreading the word to all his acting friends. He’s continually working at connecting people and projects. It’s something he’s good at, something he can succeed at. After years of searching, David G. Baker has found his career.