YV Media caught up with the Actor Farid Yazdani from the series, Moonshine. Read about his dream role and what career path he would have taken if he didn't pursue acting.
You have worked on some significant movies and tv shows; I, myself do watch and like “The Boys”. What do you see next for your career?
I'm really hoping to use this momentum to continue to work on some amazing TV series and movies. I have my eye set on Star Wars, tbh. That would be a dream come true.
What is one difference you have noticed when filming a Canadian show/movie vs a USA show/movie? Do you have a preference?
That's a great question. I don’t really see much of a difference, to be honest. Budget is always a big factor regardless of the country. Productions with a bigger budget naturally have more freedom to spend on certain elements such as trailers, food, cameras, etc.
Congratulations on the second season of Moonshine! Can you give us a little insight into your character, Oscar Wallace? What can we expect from him in the season two?
Thanks so much! Spoiler alert….Oscar Wallace is no longer a cop. Without giving too much away, Oscar continues his summer vacation at the Moonshine with his new responsibility to his baby and his baby mama, Rhian. I also don’t think this will be the last time Oscar has a name change.
Do you have a dream role that you have always wanted to play?
I just realized I answered this early! I’ll expand on it though. As a mixed BIPOC actor, there aren’t a lot of characters such as superheroes, or real-life heroes that you dream of playing because they aren’t always at the forefront in media growing up. That being said, I would love to be one of the first. We’re starting to see changes such as Kumail Nanjiani in Eternals etc.
If your eighth-grade teacher did not motivate you to pursue your passion in acting, what career path do you think you would be in right now?
First off, I think I would be miserable. But, most likely I think it would have been Law or Politics. I did pursue law early in my High School years but at a certain point, I think I realized I enjoyed the “performance” aspect rather than the actual job itself. I did make up for it when I played a lawyer on “Suits”.
Did you have people that tried to persuade you not to pursue acting? If so, how did you overcome that?
My parents were very supportive, but they did share their concerns. It was more so about stability more than anything and I cannot fault them for that. I just followed my gut and knew that this is what I wanted to do and nothing was going to set me off course.
For any beginners, trying to achieve the accolades that you have already, what is a piece of advice you could give them?
Don’t give up, don’t be complacent and most of all don’t wait for someone else to do the hard work for you. A lot of young actors think it’s up to their agents to get you the job. There’s some truth to it - but only 15%. The reason agents usually take a 15% commission is because they do 15% of the work, they get you in the door. The other 75% (or more if you’re giving 110%+) is up to you.
Thanks for having me YV Media!!
Moonshine airing now on CBC and streaming on CBC Gem