An interesting interview with ex Swiss Banker, turned actor Swell Soubra
How and when did you first get into performing?
I always had a great passion for acting since the age of 16. My parents were more the conservative types so I didn’t really consider acting as a proper career. I first, graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management and Marketing. Then, being from Switzerland, I worked at a prestigious Swiss Bank. And one day...while at work, I realized that this wasn’t for me, that I was lying to myself and that I had to go and pursue my real passion, acting.
I started performing at a theatre in Switzerland, at the “Compagnie Oubien Theatre” in Geneva. An acting teacher saw my performance and loved it and encouraged me to go forward in the field. So, then I started going to agencies and I got a huge part in a big commercial for PepsiCO. For one year, I started doing commercials for them. I was all over Switzerland on , videos, TV, billboards, Pepsi bottles.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro
What kind have training have you done?
A full time program at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
I loved playing the “Public Speaker” I was the lead in the play called Middletown, directed by Milton Justice. It was a great experience working with an Academy award winner. Milton allowed me a certain freedom on stage which was amazing. It was a privilege to work with such a perfectionist and successful Hollywood Director. Priceless.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
I would love to be with Johnny Depp on set one day...., just because I love his creativity regarding his characters. He ‘s such a character actor that I would love to learn all his tips. How he gets there, what does he look for, he’s such an inspiration to me. Plus he seems to be a very peaceful person and funny.
What projects do you have coming up?
I am working soon on a feature, a very challenging role and interesting story called “City Limit”. The story is about a couple who’s been living in their daily routines and can’t find anymore meaning in their lives. At first I thought here we go again, a story that has already been told. Then, after reading the script again, I found that the story had a lot of layers that I haven't seen before which makes the movie extremely subtle. Then, I am going to work on another feature called “Our House” it’s a movie that took some time to be written since the writer changed his mind about the ending. It’s a very down to earth story that talks about a father struggling with his 9 to 5 job and ends up committing the worse imaginable things anyone could think of. I love the script first, because of my character Kenny who tries constantly to find himself and his happiness. Something that I guess I have been through. Secondly, because of the existential questions my character asks himself.
What are your plans for the future?
My plan is to become the next Oscar winner for Best Male Actor Performance of the year in Hollywood:) My plan is to establish myself in LA and pursue my career as an actor. I love L.A there is always something to do, it's an exciting city to live in, the weather is perfect, and the people are coming from everywhere, a real melting pot.. I want to continue what I love doing on a bigger scale, Hollywood, here I come!
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Don’t give up your dream or you will be miserable. If you know that this is meant to be your life, stick to it and don’t let anyone take it away from you. No one knows better than you what you’re capable of.