Tamir Yardenne is an actor who has appeared on Dexter, The Young and the Restless and NPD Blue. He is the owner of TamirFilms which produced the film Silencio; here is a link to the website:
Q: What inspired you to start TamirFilms?
A: Well I started TamirFilms out of necessity because I wanted to work. Creating your own projects
is a great way to get in front of the camera and not let the man dictate to you what kinds of roles you should or should not play. Waiting for your agent to call you for that magic role SUCKS! I’ve lost roles that would have change the trajectory of my career and those moments are pretty painful when you don’t win them. I was tired of being miserable in this business and decided to move in a direction that would give me a bit more power.
Q: What are some of the social issues you hope to examine?
A: I love this question, thanks for asking. We are a community of compassionate filmmakers, volunteers, and friends dedicated to creating a platform to inspire the spiritual well being of others around the globe.
Q: What is Silencio about?
A: Silencio is about A male teenager, raised by a devout Catholic mother, and an abusive father questions his manhood. Between being bullied and victimized by peer pressure, he struggles to make sense of the world around him. He crosses paths with a street gang and fails to resist them. Caught in the gang bangers grip, he is forced to commit an unimaginable crime, which leads to heartbreaking circumstances.
Q: Why do you think bullying has become such a popular subject?
A: I hate to use the word popular but it has gotten a lot of media attention. Bullying has always been around only now it’s non-stop. With all the latest gadgets you can reach folks and harass them all day, every day.
Q: Do you think that film has a significant impact on social changes?
A: Yes, we have been sharing information since the beginning of time pasting them down from generation to generation. Film is the modern day version of story telling. It’s important to tell people’s story, to tell our stories good or bad. To invoke conversation is a beautiful thing.
Q: What role did you play on NYPD Blue?
A: I played Delray, a bad ass naturally, what fun! Got my A$$ beat by Dennis Franz.
Q: How did you prepare for the role?
A: I’m a method actor so I tried to tap into the emotional life of the character. As Uta Hagen would say. What if?
Q: How did you get your first big gig?
A: My break came while I was studying at NYU. I was accepted into the Negro Ensemble Company,
a predigous New York based theatre company. Former members Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburn, Mary Alice, Phylicia Rashad and many more. Working in the theater was really my training ground, what an amazing opportunity.
Q: Do you think it’s possible to be an artist in Hollywood?
A: Yes, Look Hollywood is really a place where dreams are made of. Just be careful not to get caught up in the pixie dust and magic tricks. Focus on the work.
Q: What advice would you give to an aspiring actor?
A: STUDY YOUR CRAFT! No one is coming to save you, create work for yourself. With all the great technology today you can make content within your own budget.
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