No. I think anyone who doesn’t have a degree is a fraud, or a moron or both. The last two students at my school who failed had completed no films at all. My first degree is a film script (I’m still waiting on an official call). No degrees, no opportunities. If an actor gets a job with me, he or she has to make it themselves. I don’t go to film school, nor do my family. It’s my choice. But they do take an apprentice. I have to hire a student to do this job, so sometimes it’s a bit easier.
Has there ever been a time when you had a job offer that didn’t work out?
I didn’t even get an email when I was doing a part because they couldn’t find me online. I worked for three years without a job because it was harder to find work in Germany, because there was a shortage of actors.
You had to move abroad a lot after college to support yourself while working. You didn’t seem to be the type of person that would take that easily.
I didn’t want people to think I was a slacker but I had a bit of a hard time accepting my future. I worked with my dad for a little while, so I didn’t want to be dependent on him. But I could see that wasn’t working out. You can’t just move abroad. You have to get a job, make rent, and do what you have to do, because you may not have a choice. I just wasn’t sure if I wanted to work in Europe, and I did a bit of travelling, and it wasn’t working out. It cost me a lot of money, but, then again, it was a lot of money. What were the benefits? People think you can just pick up whatever job you want. I couldn’t have gotten away with that! If you don’t want it, then don’t do it!
Were you looking for a life changing experience?
I couldn’t have done it in any other way. It’s hard to make a choice when you’re 15. I tried not to think about what it would look like, but I was like: ‘You’re only 15, you’ll be a big deal!’ But there’s still a fear of being famous if you’re just doing something at home. If you want to do something different, do it yourself. I think what you should do is work hard, make
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