As mentioned in a previous post, I have lots of ccreative and talented friends. I feel truly blessed to know these guys and they always inspire me. It occurred to me that you might like to hear their stories and so, here you go!
I sent them all 4 questions about their careers, the answers are fab. Have a read!
I first met Ozzie on the first day of our drama course, being aspiring actresses we had a lot in common and over the next two years became firm friends. We stayed close friends for a long time, travelling a bit together, but we lost touch in our 20′s, With the magic that is the internet, we connected some years back and it’s nice that we have the same things in common. We met in New York this year for the first time in 12 years and it was as if no time had passed at all.
Ozzie’s enthusiasm for her work is infectious and I miss being closer in distance to her, she always said she was going to live in the States so it was no surprise to find her there all these years later. She’s a woman who always does what she sets out to do, a real inspiration! Here’s her answers to the four questions.
Why did you start acting and singing?I just knew from a young age that I enjoyed music and acting. It was an escape, it was therapy for me. With Music I remember asking my parents for a piano at an early age maybe 4 or 5, I would listen to music and then attempt to play it and sing it myself. With Acting I could become someone else. My childhood was a little strange so I guess it was a way to get away from my own life and self which was depressing at times. I always felt better when I was doing something creative and im still that way today.
What is your advice for people wishing to pursue the same career?
Well, it is definitely not easy. If you are someone who doesn’t mind not knowing what’s in store for them, then go for it. On the other hand, there is nothing like Entertainment, The thrill and spontaneity of it all is amazing. You get to entertain people, you get to get under their skin and sometimes make a difference. You get to take them away from their everyday life and take them into fantasy land. For me personally, entertainment will keep me eternally young, I feel like a kid playing make belief, lol I love not knowing what my next job will be about, who will I become, who will I effect. That’s exciting for me, That’s definitely how I get my adrenaline rush. Entertainment is my Drug.
Apart from that, never give up, it just takes that one job that can change your life overnight, and always follow your gut instincts. Agents and managers will all have an opinion, but never change who you are because if you are true to yourself that’s what’s gonna make you blow up and be successful, but you have to work for it, you can’t just sit back and expect someone else to get you the job. Network, network, network!!!
What have been your highlights so far?
Wow, there’s been a few. I guess my biggest highlight was going to Iraq twice in the middle of the war. I shot two movies out there and it changed who I am as a person and my outlook on life. To know that something you’ve done has saved lives is the biggest achievement one could possibly have, it humbles you, makes you count your blessings everyday and truly gives you a sense of purpose. Opening Women’s shelters, visiting Women’s prisons, seeing people poor but still willing to share their food with you, smiles on people’s faces even though they just had their homes and family’s destroyed. The whole experience was phenomenal and definitely an eye opener. Other than that, my whole life has been pretty extreme, I’ve seen the world and met some amazing people and I truly feel blessed.
What are you plans for the future?
I am looking forward to taking on new challenges through intense roles. My problem is that I love psychologically messed up characters, however I totally become these people and then it is difficult to let go and not bring into my life the issues that come with these characters. Musically, every time I retire from music, I am contacted by someone to collaborate with. I guess I’m not meant to retire, lol! I love soundtrack stuff, Musically I would love to write for more international movies. I am pretty well-travelled and cultured and have thoroughly enjoyed combining different cultural music and creating something new, for example a middle-eastern movie I have written for, I mixed middle-eastern instruments and beats with American heavy metal Rock and it totally worked. I love these kind of challenges. I get bored easily, so I’m always looking for ways to better myself and create something new and exciting. I still love doing the pop, dance & rock, however Soundtracks are definitely what I want for my future, Although I do miss touring and performing, so who knows!
You can check out Ozzie’s creativity at