OFHS Grad Making Waves in Tinseltown

Vince Rossi, an Oak Forest High School graduate, is heavily featured in a recent, increasingly popular College Humor video. Rossi moved to California nearly two years ago, to pursue a career in acting, modeling and singing.

Oak Forest High School graduate Vince Rossi is chasing his dreams—all the way across the country.

Rossi moved from Oak Forest to the bright lights of Hollywood nearly two years ago, and the move is starting to pay off. Following his appearance in advertising for Jewel-Osco, Rossi went viral thanks to a College Humor video in which he is extensively featured.

The 22-year-old Rossi said that he's had his eye on California since he was five. He wasn't always sure quite why he dreamed of the move, but now that he's made the trek, he couldn't be happier.

“It's been my dream to pursue my dreams," he said. "So, coming out here, it's just been amazing. I couldn't be happier out here, everyone is in the industry and working towards their dream."

Rossi said that his time in California has been exactly what he envisioned: hard work.

“It's been a lot of just trying to get my foot in the door," he said. "I've spent every day just getting out there, going into agencies and giving them my headshot. I've spent a lot of time just doing that."

While the viral nature of his latest work—which has drawn nearly a million views on YouTube and was recently included on perezhilton.com—is something Rossi said was unexpected, he is extremely honored to be a part of the video, a tongue-in-cheek view of gay marriage and its acceptance. The characters all portray gay men chiding heterosexual men about how, without gay marriage, gay men will be left with no other option than to marry the girlfriends of straight men.

“It's crazy how big it has gotten," Rossi said. "I was worried about it at first, because of the nature of the material, but it's so well-written and funny! And the message is just great, it was a lot of fun."

He added that since the video has taken off, it has only reaffirmed his dreams and he is already setting his sights on bigger goals.

“My goal is to be on television, with all the shows on right now like 'Glee,' 'Smash,' and 'Nashville,' I think that would be perfect," Rossi said. "I came out here for singing, modeling and acting. I feel like a show like that would be perfect for me, that's my hope. To get on one of those kinds of shows."

Did you know Vince Rossi during his time in Oak Forest? Any best wishes for him? Leave them in the comments!

Colleen McAbee November 16, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Vince attended OFHS with my daughter, Colleen Godin and were in performing arts productions together. He's a great kid and talented to boot. Best of luck to you, Vince.
Krista November 16, 2012 at 08:11 PM
So proud of Vince not only pursuing his dream, but actually making strides to make his dream a reality! It is so competitive and there are so many talented people and Vince is one of them. He was a star at Oak Forest High School and a joy to watch. Go get that dream, Vince!
Joni Hoerger November 17, 2012 at 05:13 AM
I have a picture of Vince with his curley hair visiting with his mom and dad when he was just a toddler. When I heard how well he could sing and interpret a song as a young boy, he literally knocked me out. I'm happy he's gone to where all the action is and is going after what he's passionate about. I have a feeling we might be seeing a lot more of you, Vince!
Bonny Sandona November 20, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I have been following Vince since he was very young and won a singing contest and performed at The Taste of Chicago. I knew then someday he would be a big star, and it looks like I will be right. What a wonderful guy from a great talented family. I wish him only the best and his dream to come true! Bonny Sandona
Kim M April 12, 2013 at 04:20 AM
I am so proud of you Vince! I was one of the lunch ladies at OFHS and you were one of my favorite students. I saw the play "Grease" that you starred in playing Danny. You were such a natural performer I knew this was the path you would follow. You are so talented and im so proud of you!!!!


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