Doing what I love.
Hailing from the city of the stars, Los Angeles, California, Darren Haskins is a true entertainer at heart. Whether it’s on the sports field, in front or behind the camera, at work, or in a room with friends and family he is the fun and positive energy we all want to be around when we’re feeling down. Darren is best known in the acting world for his role as the stubborn fiance in the short film he wrote, directed, and starred in, Will Works (2019).
Once he got a taste of professional acting as a teen landing background roles on projects such as Disney’s Even Stevens and a Pep Boys commercial he knew he could have a back up career to his primary goal: a baseball player. Unfortunately, that career path ended after his stint in community college. As Darren grew he noticed a positive reaction from his goofiness and jokes from family and friends that would build his confidence to keep going in his passion for entertainment. Being inspired from comedy greats such as Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, Dave Chappelle, and Eddie Murphy, Darren takes pride in the characters he is presented with and creates for his stories. As he became more involved in learning about creating films, acting took a backseat after his time at the New York Film Academy in Studio City, CA when he discovered how to write screenplays. He improved his craft attending Second City Hollywood and The Groundlings Theatre, learning under former lead Mad TV writer, John Crane. An original story teller that has lead him to write four features and over a two dozen shorts that include Hard As It Gets (2020), Bingo (2020), Wake Up (2020) along with produced short films The Pill (2018), Cheater (2019), Dark Night Rider Eats (2019) and Will Works (2019). The majority of his projects have been circulating the film festival circuit and doing well in their respective categories. With a comedy web series he co-wrote and acted in, Three Birds (2021), coming out in 2022 along with other projects in his bag of goodies Darren is talent to keep an eye on.
In addition to his passion of storytelling and acting he loves to spend time with his family, friends, pets, travel, listen to music, watch and play sports, and debate about the wild world we live in all while having a laugh. He believes if you’re not laughing you’re not living, and with that mindset can help move himself forward through all the critics coming his way. Those near and dear to Darren describe him as hard working, caring, respectable, reliable, honorable, and a goofball, but it is his determination and willingness to learn that has him confident in achieving the goals he sets his mind to.
  • Writer (5 Credits)
    Bingo
    Short Script
    Hard As It Gets
    Short Script
    Wake Up
    Short Script
    Dark Night Rider Eats2019
    Short
    Will Works2019
    Short
  • Producer (2 Credits)
    Dark Night Rider Eats2019
    Short
    Will Works2019
    Short
  • Director (2 Credits)
    Dark Night Rider Eats2019
    Short
    Will Works2019
    Short
  • Acting (1 Credit)
    Dark Night Rider Eats2019
    Short
Best Comedy Short Screenplay
Bingo
LA Under the Stars Film Festival
Los Angeles,CA
2022
Winner Best Super Short Screenplay
Hard As It Gets
Horror Bowl Movie Awards
India
2022
Winner Best Short Screenplay
Hard As It Gets
SoCal Film Awards
Huntington Beach,CA
2022
Official Selection
Hard As It Gets
Vegas Cinefest International Film Festival
Las Vegas
2022
Official Selection
Hard As It Gets
LA Under the Stars Film Festival
Los Angeles
2022
Nominee Best Short Script
Hard As It Gets
Independent Horror Movie Awards
Online
2022
Quarter Finalist
Wake Up
Atlanta Screenplay Awards
Atlanta, GA
2021
Semi-FInalist
Bingo
Lonely Wolf International Film Festival
London, England
2021
Summer Winner Best Short Screenplay
Bingo
Golden Nugget International
London, England
2021
Nominee Best Short Script
Bingo
All The Laughs Comedy Awards
Atlanta, GA
2021
Award Winner of Merit
Bingo
Vegas Movie Awards
Las Vegas, NV
2021
Quarter Finalist
Hard As It Gets
Miami Screenplay Awards
Miami
2021
Official Selection
Hard As It Gets
Culver City Film Festival
Las Vegas
2021
December Winner Best Horror Script
Hard As It Gets
Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition
Hollywood
2021
Finalist
Hard As It Gets
13Horror.com Film & Screenplay Contest
United Kingdom
2021
Nominee Best Short Script
Hard As It Gets
Diabolical Horror Film Festival
Online
2021
October Winner Best Original Screenplay
Hard As It Gets
Hollywood Blood Horror Festival
Hollywood
2021
Official Selection
Hard As It Gets
Las Vegas International Film & Screenwriting Festival
Las Vegas
2021
Quarter Finalist
Hard As It Gets
New York City International Screenplay Awards
New York
2021
Semi-Finalist
Hard As It Gets
Hollywood Horrorfest
Hollywood
2021
Silver Award Short Script
Hard As It Gets
Hollywood Gold Awards
Hollywood
2021
Official Selection
Hard As It Gets
LA Underground Film Forum
Los Angeles
2021
Official Selection
Hard As It Gets
Prisma Rome Independent Film Awards
Rome, Italy
2021
Silver Award Short Script
Hard As It Gets
Hollywood Gold Awards
Los Angeles,Ca
2021
Finalist
Hard As It Gets
Portland Comedy Film Festival
Portland,Oregon
2021
Official Selection
Dark Night Rider Eats
Silver State Film Festival
Las Vegas
2021
Official Selection
Dark Night Rider Eats
Big Sur Film Festival
Big Sur, CA
2021
Finalist
Dark Night Rider Eats
Frostbite Internationial Indie Fest
Colorado Springs, Co
2021
Official Selection
Will Works
Culver City Film Festival
Culver City
2021
Official Selection
Will Works
Las Vegas International Film & Screenwriting Festival
Las Vegas
2021
Finalist
Will Works
Various Artists Independent Film Festival
Chicago
2021
Official Selection
Will Works
Lit Laughs International Comedy Film Festival
North Yorkshire
2021
Silver Award Comedy
Will Works
Hollywood Gold Awards
Los Angeles, Ca
2021
Winner Best Comedy
Will Works
New York Movie Awards
New York
2021
Official Selection
Will Works
Frostbite International Indie Fest
Colorado Springs, Co
2021
Official Selection
Will Works
Big Sur Film Festival
Big Sur, Ca
2021
Semi Finalist
Will Works
Couch FIlm Festival
Toronto
2021
Official Selection
Will Works
Stand Alone Film Festival
Rancho Cucamonga
2021
Official Selection
Will Works
Silver State Film Festival
Las Vegas,NV
2020
Doing what I love.