Please introduce yourself to the readers:
Hi, my name is Igor Fall. I'm a Russian/Australian actor who has been living in Los Angeles for the past three years.
How and when did you first get into performing?
I always loved to perform. I was the big bad wolf, from age one in "Three Little Piggies" puppet play production. And, before that, I would tell poems that my grandmother would teach me, and one very popular Russian "Christmas Tree" poem that I knew well. I performed at our town's local Christmas tree show when I was about two and half. I had a whole routine with gestures and everything, but I couldn't pronounce a lot of the Russian words, especially 'tree' which I kept repeating as the poem was titled "Christmas Tree". I don't remember that performance,
but by my family certainly does. Growing up, I hardly ever passed an opportunity to act or be on stage. But it wasn't till I came to Los Angeles and attended the Stella Adler Academy of Theatre and Acting that I really started to see it as a potential career choice.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
One of my earliest screen heroes has to be a Russian actor and also a circus clown, Yuri Nikulin. He passed away in 1997 but in his lifetime he became a Russian
national hero and cinema icon, in-particular for his comedy films. He did everything with such a presence, like he was improvising everything. Also, movies like Easy Rider, Mean Streets and Rocky showed me you could do it yourself. All you need is a good story. I think to this day Sylvester Stallone is a big inspiration to me because he made it himself, through the odds,and I feel as long as you can keep going, you're going get there. Actors like Meryl Streep, Al Pacino and Marlon Brando that seize to have any kind of separation between themselves and their role.
What kind have training have you done?
I just completed a two year full-time program at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles, in Hollywood. I attended for a term at the Strasberg Theatre on Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood. I have also taken college classes whilst I was at university studying for a BFA in Film Productions. Plus I studied extra curricular drama all through-out high school. Most recently I have been going to Casting Director Workshops around Los Angeles, in particularly, at a place called Act Now in Sherman Oaks.
What has been your favorite role to play so far and why?
Edmund by David Mamet, I did the piece for Christopher Thornton's scene study class at Stella Adler. I love how the character speaks his mind, and does drastic life changing things in the spur of the moment. I still haven't yet fully figured him out.
What projects do you have coming up?
I'm going to play Ivan Shiknokov in the third Theatricians production of "M,M,! Music, Monologues and Mayhem". It's a show of six original monologues, a band and a host. I will be performing one of the six monologues. Ivan is an ex-Croatian terrorist who now works at Wal-Mart and dreams of being a Stand-Up comedian; this will be his first open mic show. I love the piece. It's hilarious. I have a great director, Paul Baird, it's going to be great. I really look forward to the show's three Sunday run in April. www.theatricians.com
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
Jack Nicholson, or Benicio Del Toro, somebody who ain't afraid to go there. And, Meryl Streep because maybe if I act in the same scene with her some of whatever she's got could rub off on me.
What are your plans for the future?
To try to find a voice for myself on the screen. I want to continue to do both writing and acting, as I feel they go hand in hand. I definitely want to concentrate on theatrical work, so I hope to continue to go to workshops and intensives to be able to make the most
of anything that comes my way!
What is your advice to other aspiring artists?
Which leads me to this last question, I think it is very important to always be practicing your craft!.