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Bad Influence follows illustrious criminal Sabrina Swami and her heist-hungry crew as they plot to steal a necklace from the world's biggest - and baddest - social media influencer.
Shakil Jessa (he/they) is a queer Muslim writer, actor, and director from Vancouver, Canada specializing in writing coming-of-age Young Adult dramedy and teen ensemble shows. He enjoys telling stories from diverse perspectives that have been traditionally written out of media in the past. As a young adult himself, currently studying at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, Shakil strives to accurately portray high school and college aged characters. He speaks the language of the young adult market, and knows the trends and issues are affecting his generation, which allows him to write content that directly speaks to his YA target audience. Shakil loves to find comedic moments in dark and taboo topics, as well as break the current stereotypes for queer, Muslim, and young adult characters in media. Coming from the stand-up comedy and improv world, Shakil has developed a natural comedic voice that translates into his scripted content. With his sketch comedy videos for children garnering over 2 million views on YouTube to date, being the youngest member of the WarnerMedia Access Canada Writers’ Program, and recently completing his short-film directorial debut in partnership with the prestigious Crazy8s Film Society, Shakil is a rising star in the Canadian entertainment industry. His newest YA Heist Series BAD INFLUENCE was optioned by Crawford Filmworks in Vancouver, and selected to be part of the CMPA's American Film Market Delegation. more...