Every 2 weeks we showcase a new industry professional spotlight who we tasked with answering 12 questions where they talk about what they love/hate about the industry, give advice to others looking to break in, and who has inspired them.
This months second professional spotlight is – Diane Karas
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1. What is your name?
2. What is your profession (actor, screenwriter, producer, composer, etc)?
3. Why did you choose that particular path within the industry?
This part of the industry is very creative. It gives you the opportunity to freely express & explore your emotions, delve deeper into the psychology of a character (which sometimes can be challenging depending on the part) and above all – it connects you with other talented people that will give you the chance to fully blossom as an actor.
4. Who were your inspirations and why?
I can’t say that I have a specific actor as an inspiration, as they are all of them unique in their own way…for me it was more falling in love with the material itself, especially during my University years & probably getting familiarized with the works of Shakespeare. My first acting assignment was on Kenneth Branagh’s “Much Ado about Nothing,” which I absolutely loved, and ever since then, I was trying to get involved in every drama play throughout my 3 year degree.
5. What is the best part/what do you love most about your job?
I love the idea of “exploring” a character…trying to find the backstory and what the psychology of the specific character is. It feels like I have to play detective and discover the real motives of somebody’s actions…which is fun, but challenging nonetheless.
6. What is the worst part/what do you like the least about your job?
The worst part of it has to be the lack of enthusiasm in a project by the rest of the team…that automatically means that it’ll be a failure given the fact that not all parties are fully on board.
7. What has been the most fun/favorite project you’ve worked on?
One of the funniest projects I was involved in was when I first started doing commercials. I was shooting this British Airways commercial for a good four days and the director was very specific about the look he wanted to pass on to the audiences. He recreated the 70s and 80s era with great success and a few of us had to portray famous people travelling with the airline. When my turn came to be given a part, the director said straight away – “Farrah Fawcett.” I didn’t quite understand what he meant by that, but trust me…two hours on the makeup and hair chair and in the end – I was a totally different person. I walked into the set and everybody was stunned. I looked exactly like Farrah…the make up ,the clothes, and one must not forget the Farrah flick. Least to say, I felt really bad I had to take it all off when I got back home. It was such a great job from everyone involved.
8. What upcoming projects are you working on we can look forward to?
I’ve been recently cast in a new movie about WWII, called “Struggle to the Light,” which focuses mainly on Churchill and the burden he had on his shoulders in order to liberate the UK, and subsequently establish world peace, and what part the relationships around him played as well. More information will be available soon.
9. Give us a look at what a typical day is like for you?
There’s no such thing as a typical day for me. Every day is different and unique and certainly I’m not the kind of person that falls into the routine trap.
10. What has been your most rewarding experience working as an industry professional?
The most rewarding part is definitely the opportunity you get as an actor to meet various industry professionals on different levels and liaise with them. You have the chance to be, and participate in, events that will further your career and open doors for you. And you have to be humble about it. Everything good that comes your way is a blessing.
11. What advice would you offer to other upcoming professionals looking to make a career doing what you do?
The best advice I could give to someone wanting to pursue the same dream is above all….be strong!!! You need to have a very strong stomach to take-sometimes-harsh criticism. Always be prepared for whatever you audition for, and make sure you have a plan B.
12. What is your favorite movie and why?
I have a few favorite movies that equally stand out in their own way. One of them is “Good Will Hunting,” simply because it clearly showed us that even an outsider/underdog can be gifted…never underestimate one. The second is “The Lord of the Rings,” because Peter Jackson gave wings to our imagination and helped us fly again with a trilogy of books that noone ever thought would be successful. And finally “Indiana Jones” to satisfy our thirst for adventure.