Forward Township's Devin Goda breaking into TV, modeling industries
Devin Goda once dreamed of playing professional sports and almost made it in the NFL.
But now the Forward Township resident is getting his shot at stardom on the runway and TV.
Goda graduated from Elizabeth Forward High School in 2007 and Slippery Rock University in 2011.
While still attending Slippery Rock, Goda received an invitation for an open call from the Docherty Talent and Modeling Agency in Pittsburgh. He did modeling for Docherty before switching to The Talent Group in Pittsburgh in mid-2012.
“After football, I got real serious about it and got a lot of work,” Goda said.
Goda started in Pittsburgh and got pretty well known in the area, doing work with Dick's Sporting Goods, Macy's, American Eagle, Fisher Price, Calvin Klein, and Abercrombie and Fitch.
He was then ready to take his career to the next level. Goda sent his photos to the Wilhelmina Agency in New York.
In late November, Goda went to New York, where he met the agency director and was signed within 10 minutes. The agency is one of the top five in the world for male modeling.
From there, his career has continued to skyrocket. In addition to modeling, Goda is now adding acting to his resume.
Goda is currently shooting for a planned A&E network TV series “Those that Kill.” He plays a bouncer and bodyguard. The series is being shot in Pittsburgh and is scheduled to air in March.
Goda is also being considered for a role on the iconic TV soap opera “General Hospital.”
Like football, acting is highly competitive, Goda said.
“I feel there is more preparation required for this,” Goda said of his budding acting career.
“You have to study the lines and make sure everything is to a tee, spot on. As an up–and–coming actor, I have to make sure the first take is perfect.”
Goda said the agency is telling him that his role on “Those that Kill” will help him get recurring roles on other TV shows. He is reviewing scripts and preparing for casting calls for those shows.
“Right now, I'm signed with this agency and focusing on the modeling and work to get to the top of that career,” Goda said.
“I'm hopeful that acting will be my future.”
Goda plans to move to New York City soon and eventually relocate to the West Coast.
Goda admits his first dream was becoming a professional athlete.
A wide receiver at Slippery Rock, he finished his four-year career ranked second in school history with 173 receptions and 2,259 yards.
The wide out earned first-team all-conference honors after being a second-team pick in 2009 and 2010.
After graduation from Slippery Rock, Goda signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens, making it to final cut before suffering a hamstring injury.
He also spent time in the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons camps this year.
Now he is taking inspiration from a former college football player turned actor, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
“That's what I want to look up to, I want to base my career on his. He's a huge motivator for me. I read his inspirational quotes and read up on his biography.
“I would love to follow in his footsteps.”
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.