An interview with passionate and beautiful actress from Germany, Maxie Solveig. Here's what she had to say:
Please introduce yourself to the readers:
I was born and raised in Germany, but with my goal of working as an actress in America, I decided to improve my English first and to combine it with travel. Driven by my eagerness to pursue my dream, my passion for acting and anything on film, I started early to make things happen for myself and to achieve my goals. In 2009, I moved to New Zealand where I was fortunate to work on some pretty amazing and definitely not so common jobs. Being passionate not only about acting and the film industry, in general, I am fascinated by stunt work as well. I managed to get the opportunity to train and work with a great team of film and stunt-horses with Equine Films LTD on the North and South Island of New Zealand. My 18 years of experience in horseback riding sure was an obvious advantage. From the first time I set foot on a film set – I was hooked. In 2011, I took up residence in Los Angeles, California to pursue my acting career. I attended the New York Film Academy at the Universal Studios Campus from which I graduated with an Associate Degree in Fine Arts in acting. As of today, I live and work as an actress in Los Angeles, California and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
How and when did you first get into performing?
I was introduced to acting and performing at an early age. I started to play the piano and took lessons when I was five years old. I took singing classes at the age of 11 to get classical vocal training; I played lead roles in school plays and performed with a musical theater group. I was part of a very well known Gospel Choir in Germany in which I performed a lot of shows and events. I also collaborated on several independent film projects with some of my friends – who are also very passionate about filming and acting.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
My biggest inspirations, I must say are scattered all over the world. From living in many varieties of places and my work, especially in the entertainment industry, I was fortunate to meet people from all over the world in all sorts of situations, which I must say inspired me the most. I get inspired by confident individuals who are willing to take a risk in life, who have a positive take on things, are open-minded and know what they want in life and ready to work hard for it. People who impress me without knowing it and especially are not trying to!
What kind of training have you done?
I have been trained in different acting techniques. From Shakespeare theatre training to acting for film; categories or genres I specialize in, is drama as well as comedy and improv. I took voice-over classes, trained in martial arts, weapons and stage combat, archery and scuba diving. As mentioned earlier, I am well knowledgeable and experienced in equestrian, and competed in western riding on a very high level back in Germany. I have also trained in motorcycles, skiing, snowboards and many more activities. I continue to take different acting classes. I think, especially in acting, it is important to constantly keep working on your craft to improve.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
So far? That’s hard to say. Every character I take on has something special and unique about them; that is the beauty of acting I think. To get the chance to explore and play different roles that may be similar to you or quite a stretch and totally different. But if I’d have to pick one, it would be the 'Frog' from Frog Loves Christy which had a private screening at Warner-Brothers Studios. The process and transformation I went thru for this role, physically as well as emotionally, was a great experience, very challenging for myself and a great experience for me as an actress.
What projects do you have coming up?
In the next few weeks, I will be starting to work on a feature film and I have a few other projects lined up, mainly acting projects which is my passion, but some print and modeling jobs, as well. But as it is with the best and most exciting projects…you’re not always allowed to talk about them.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
There are so many great actors and actresses I would like to work with, its hard to name just one! My ideal co-star would be someone who is very passionate about their craft, experienced and a well established actor or actress that I could learn from, for me to progress with my career. I get my inspirations by performances that draw me in, touch me emotionally and are captivating because the artist loses oneself in the character he or she is portraying. An actor who is real and present in every moment – that is the kind of actor I want to star alongside.
What are your plans for the future?
My plan for the future is to work hard and further my acting carrier, to get better and better, and for me to keep learning and improving my craft. To establish myself in the American Film and TV industry and be able to do what I love to do – performing!
What is your advice to other aspiring artists?
Push yourself to overcome boundaries set by yourself or others. Work as hard as you can, challenge yourself, don’t let criticism or rejection slow you down or stop you. And most important – do it with a smile!