60 Second Demo Reel
Darcy Vernier grew up in Montana and Brazil. He graduated American University in Washington D.C. and joined the Marine Corps. In the Marines, he was a combat helicopter pilot, earning 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 50 Air Medals in Vietnam. He later instructed in Pensacola. He spent a few years in business and then got back into airplanes, flying Boeings for airlines in the US and bush planes for the UN in Africa and the Middle East.
But regardless of where he was, he wanted to act. He would find a local little theater and appeared in plays from New Orleans to Saudi Arabia. He’d chase auditions when in Los Angeles between flying gigs, but it was hard to build a body of work when he was out of town for months or years at a time, off in some horrible spot, flying. Along the way he picked up a MFA in Screenwriting from Emerson College. But he still wanted to act.
His master’s thesis was the screenplay SUDAN, which was also a Nicholl Fellowship quarter finalist. His novel, The Savage Wars of Peace, developed from that screenplay. His second novel, The Sacrificial Shepherd, is a thriller about a plot to assassinate the Pope. Both have been adapted for the screen. His third novel The Second Wagon Driver is based on his experiences in Vietnam. He is currently working on number four, a novel set in Brazil during WWII. Darcy has been published in the Harvard Review and other publications. But he still wanted to act.
He had thought that his flying skills would get him into movie aviation but, timing it almost perfectly, he showed up about the same time as “blue screen” eliminated the need for movie pilots.
Darcy was an aviation technical advisor on the pilot of the TV show Homeland Security, which unfortunately was not picked up. That seemed like a match because he had been in Saudi Arabia on 9/11. Lousy timing, again.
His “day-job” is as a flight instructor but, he still wants to act.
Darcy is married and lives in Los Angeles. He has three adult children scattered across the US.