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effect june: There are times I'm looking down the barrel of the exact same stereotypical role that I got 20 years ago. article continues below Trending Stories Remembering Megan Scraper adventurer was gifted athlete, social media maven Minimum wage increases go into effect June 1 across B.C.UBC biologist killed during research trip was a leading authority in his field Police investigating female Kitsilano secondary teacher for unspecified allegations Turning down work is not something that Sabongui whose credits include Homeland, The Flash, and a Leo Award-nominated turn in the 2017 feature film Drone, in which he played a Pakistani father whose family is killed in a hellfire missile attack does lightly, according to Vancouver Courier. This is my career, and it often comes down to pay the bills or sleep at night, says Sabongui. I face the same issues today that I faced 23 years ago when I started in this industry, says the Vancouver-based, Egyptian-Canadian actor and producer. The choice becomes, Accept this role that's going to make a huge financial difference, or pass on it and make nothing, or take a smaller role and have enough for next month's rent.' I'm still caught in that loop. But Sabongui's story is not unique in Vancouver, a city that is statistically culturally diverse but whose culturally diverse actors face stereotypical roles and fewer opportunities than their Caucasian colleagues. Sabongui's experiences navigating the industry as an actor of colour were the inspiration for Kyra Zagorsky's award-winning short film, The Prince, about an actor of Middle Eastern descent played by Lee Majdoub who turns down the opportunity to play a terrorist in a blockbuster film. ( As reported in the news.