eBOSS Canada shines the Spotlight on Farid Yazdani
Farid Yazdani was born in Hamilton, Ontario. The son of Cyrus Yazdani, an Iranian Entrepreneur and Annesia Khan, a Trinidadian Educator. In 2004 he attended Cawthra Park S.S in the Regional Arts Program; majoring in the Dramatic Arts. After graduating in 2008, he took a year off to pursue a career in acting. After doing numerous short/feature films such as the Remi Award Winning “I Do. Do I?” he decided to take up further training. He attended the School of Creative and Performing Arts in 2009 where he trained with Canadian Actors; John Bourgeois, Sheila McCarthy, Allan Guttman, Maria Ricossa, Christina Collins and Michael Caruana. During this time he continued to work, landing a Lead role in the play “Paul & Priya’s Wedding. Before graduating in 2011 he booked a Principal role on “My Babysitter’s a Vampire” a few months after.
Farid Yazdani is a Canadian actor, producer and writer. He is best know for his role on Suits (2011) and is the creator and star of Day Players
A graduate of the School of Creative and Performing Arts in Etobicoke, he quickly began to book roles in TV, Film, and Commercials. He can be seen guest staring in shows such as Odd Squad (2014), My Babysitter’s a Vampire (2011) and XIII: The Series (2011). His most recent achievements include winning the coveted Toronto Monologue Slam and producing and starring in his own film, “Day Players”.
Recently signing with Bryan Misener of The Characters, one of Canada’s top agencies, he can be seen on USA’s Suits (2011) as the recurring character, David Green.
1. What was your big break?
I would have to say Suits. Before I had to audition for Suits, I had only seen the casting director (Tina Gerussi) once. It was originally just suppose to be one episode, but the production and writing team brought me back and I became recurring. That was a goal of mine from the beginning of the calendar year. It was so much fun, as I got to work with both Patrick J Adams and Gabriel Macht, who are both extremely talented.
2. What project are you most proud of? Why?
Day Players for sure. It’s a project I spent a lot of time and money on and is really close to home. Ive been working on it for about 3 years if you include the pre production and planning. Day Players is essentially the story of what it’s like to be a struggling actor in Toronto. It plays the clichés and the stereotypes as well as the trails and regulations associated. Thank god I have an amazing team behind me and we got it filmed in November. It’s currently in pre production. www.facebook.com/dayplayersofficial
3. What advice do you have for anyone at the beginning of their performance career?
Create your own work and network. Waiting by the phone for your agent to call will only get you so far. More actors need to take the reigns and do 85% of the work. This is why your agent only makes 15%. Be in charge of your career.
4. How do you prepare for an audition?
Line memorizing first and foremost. Then the character creation. I don’t like to dwell with the lines too much, because then it seems staged and non organic. I like a little bit of pressure on me, because that’s real.
5. What tips do you have for someone when they are in the audition room?
Confidence is key. The smell of desperation is very pungent and will be noticed instantly. Go in, do your job, and leave with a smile on your face knowing you did your best.
6. Is it necessary for performers to continually promote themselves in order to advance their performance careers?
100%. As much as we’re artists, we’re also brands/instruments. We need to be able to sell ourselves and keeping up with social media such as Twitter and Facebook are important. For example: I live tweeted during Suits and I got fans responding and interacting with me. This made my character stand out more and I’m sure production took notice as they were liking and retweeting my posts. By the time the third episode aired they turned me into a GIF. You never know when it could help your career.
7. Do you think appearing in a tabloid magazine can help one’s career?
Cant speak too much on that as I haven’t had any experience with it….yet.
8. What are some of the challenges performers face on film/TV sets?
Getting in the zone. Especially for newer actors. It could be very overwhelming with all that’s going on around you. But, by the time the director calls action, you need to be ready, memorized and committed.
9. What can the film/TV industry do differently in order to grow?
We need to create a star system for Canada. I know I keep using Suits as an example, but I was shocked to learn that a lot of the AD’s and crew were surprised I was from Toronto. They were like “Good for you man” and “Wow, Toronto? Congrats” because there are so many Americans on the show, even though it’s filmed in our own backyard. Not to take anything away from the US actors, they’re talented and they all deserve to be there. However, we need to stand out a bit more so we’re considered more often as well!
10. We all have mentors. These are the people who give us the hope, inspiration, and the drive to keep going. In the industry, who are the people who have been your mentors and why?
has been a mentor since I got into this business. I’d say we’re more so colleagues now, but I still seek his advice and tips because he knows what it’s like to be a minority in this business. He’s been my Director, I’ve been his Producer and I’m sure we’ve auditioned for the same roles. It’s funny how that business works, but I can say he’s definitely been my motivation to grow and become better.
would be my second. He’s the Director of Day Players and also happens to be my cousin. He never seems to worry about my career or performance and has a confidence in me that I don’t even have as yet. Since day one, when I was doing Non Union student films or commercials, he’d work with me to create a demo reel, edit my headshots etc. Deeply grateful to have family like that who also happens to be your colleague.
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