Examiner Leny Navarro recently sat down with promising actress Linda De Mar to talk about her passion for “the Seventh Art” and why New York, even with its tough rivalry, remains the place to be for new talents.
Leny Navarro: How did you break into Acting?
Linda De Mar: I have always known that the direction of my life was towards the entertainment industry. While playing a high school play, I came to realize how powerful acting was, it became a second nature. I auditioned to many college programs to get the best training possible and I have attended many workshops to perfect my craft and become one with it.
LN: I believe you have recently wrapped filming with Jennifer Lopez, are you working on any new projects?
LDM: Ah, yes! It was a great experience to be on set with her! As for projects, I’ve been involved in a few and have a couple more coming up in the near future! More will be reveal soon, I feel blessed and truly grateful. It’s a great feeling to see that diligence and patience are paying off!
LN: You sadly lost out a part in the new Star Wars, how do you get over it?
LDM: I always try to keep my head up even through tough situations. Sometimes I won’t get roles but I truly put my heart and soul in every single project or audition. I came into this field knowing that rejections happen most of the time, and even though it’s a pity, I always know that there is another opportunity coming my way! You know what they say – when one door closes, another one opens! My motto is to stay positive!
LN: What would be your dream role? Favorite Director to work with?
LDM: Oh my! I have many roles in mind, but one special role is Lisa from Girl, Interrupted played by Angelina Jolie. The depth in the character is incredible and Angelina Jolie really brought her to life. My favorite director that I have worked with thus far is Margaret Lally. I was in a one-woman show, Before Breakfast by Eugene O’Neill, and Maggie was truly phenomenal. Her close attention to detail and her perfectionism truly guided me to my character and helped expose the truth to the story. That’s what I find so beautiful. It’s truly what makes acting the best profession.
LN: Born and raised in NYC, what do you love most about the Big Apple?
LDM: I am so lucky to have been born and raised in New York City, a place where Dunkin’ Donuts (and almost every other store) is open 24-7 and you have to accept everything for what it is because hey, it’s New York: the big apple, the city that never sleeps, the place I undeniably call home!
LN: How different is it to act in a movie and to be on a stage?
LDM: In film, feelings are more internally felt. It’s easier for the camera to pick up on it. However, on stage, everything is more external. You want Row Z to be able to know that you are happy, or angry. There is no zooming in on stage! The energy is also different. I love how on stage, the audience is connecting with you. You could almost hear them breathe when the venue is silent. It takes you to a whole other level of imagination. There’s so much beauty in film as well. The camera captures the whole world of the story and the characters in it.
LN: Tell me about an area in which you would like to improve as an actor?
LDM: Definitely Improvisation. Don’t get me wrong; I’m always trying to improve every area, one skill at a time. It’s necessary, as I never want to say that I’ve gotten ‘rusty’. I’m always learning something new as a performer. But improv is so significant, not only in acting, but in everything! It really relies on your listening skills, instinct, and the power of the moment.
LN: What are some of the difficulties of the acting business?
LDM: Rejection and opinion are sometimes really hard to handle. As I’m getting more experienced in this profession, I realize that I really need thick skin in order to survive and flourish. I was always taught to move on, ignore words that hurt, and understand that I can’t get what I want sometimes, but in this industry, that happens a lot. It’s probably one of the toughest things to handle as an actor, but then again, it comes in the package of this life. If I want the good, I better be ready for the bad that comes with it.
LN: Finally what advice would you give to an aspiring actor?
LDM: We’re all in this together! Take risks, take the opportunity and never give up! Try new things because nothing is everlasting. For example, I have recently changed my stage last name from Demirdjian to De Mar to see what would come with it! And if you’re afraid, remember that you are not alone and everything will be fine.
For more information on Linda De Mar, please visit her official website.