A look into the interesting and inspirational life of Actor- Halldor Fannar Sigurgeirasson- commonly known as "Dori".
Please introduce yourself to the readers:
I'm Halldor Fannar Sigurgeirsson, commonly known as "Dori", for obvious reasons, since half of the readers are still struggling through my full name out loud at this point.
How and when did you first get into performing?
I started singing some time around 3 or 4 years old. My aunt is a big music conductor and at the time, she had a children's choir. So I was on stage in front of hundreds almost before I could speak. And those who know me would argue that since then, Dori has never shut up.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Biggest inspirations? Ouch. There are so, so many! I get inspired so easily by a child on the street, nature... but as far as people, my immediate ones, friends and family. My mother probably most of all, someone should write a book about her, and her life. People like Nelson Mandela, I cannot praise him enough. They may say what they want about his personal life, but 27 years in prison for a cause that affects the whole world. I think that entitles a man to make mistakes.
What kind have training have you done?
As far as arts, I've had vocal training, to some extent, most of my life. I've done a 2 year program in Film Making and Acting for Screen in Iceland, and a 2 year program in Acting at the Stella Adler Academy in Hollywood. So a total of 4 years of Education, 6 years of work since I stumbled onto this path in life, and trust me, it's a rocky one. I also have a wide variety of martial arts, musical instruments, mostly just picked that up by myself.
What has been your favorite role to play so far and why?
I would probably feel like a fraud if I'd pick one role over another, or feel less true to the other characters. I guess my favorite part is always the current part. There's just something about the idea of an actor's final breath, closing his eyes with the vision and experience of hundreds of souls, stored up inside of him, that makes this whole craft so majestic.
What projects do you have coming up?
Wow, there are quite a few lined up, that I have been offered. I don't know how much I can talk about all of them for now, so we'll save some for next time. There's an original feature, "The Dragon's Lair" where I play a leading role and a sequel concept is ready for that one, as soon as the first one gets going.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
You ask the hardest questions... forcing an actor to make choices? What is this? Well... There are so many people I'd love to co-star alongside for different reasons. Danny Trejo has always been a favorite, and he did my friend Eddy Salazar's amazing feature, "The Insomniac". But unless there's a story of Vikings and Latinos butting heads... wait, I'm onto something here, print rights. Then there's Jennifer Lawrence... she's either your favorite, or you can't stand her, and so am I, and she has that edge, so I think we could just go at each other and there'd be tons of juice and chemistry. There are also several others I'd wanna work with. I like friendships and brotherhoods, often more than love affairs, as an actor playing the part and telling that story, but I guess it depends on the writing and people you work with, and of course, what you yourself bring. And that's the beauty in it, you can never tell what you're in for.
What are your plans for the future?
I could talk and talk and be just another balloon full of hot air. Actions speak louder, so my plans shall soon reveal themselves.
What is your advice to other aspiring artists?
An artist will always be an artist, and an artist will always have an ego and a soul. The artist is obligated to know both in order to keep the ego out of the soul's way, which even for those aware of it, is challenging. An artist must also decide whether he wants to be a professional or an amateur, and neither of those is better or worse, both are noble. Exploring your creativity at home or in small venues does not make you any less, you can be the most talented amateur out there, without ever being a professional, and as long as your soul is in place, that makes you more noble than most of us. Professionalism, however, demands a whole different skill set, work ethic, discipline and mentality, which very few possess, yet can obtain through need, drive and ambition. It requires a bit of madness, to not take no for an answer, and thinking you can go everywhere and do anything, without being arrogant, which is tough. I think most artists just haven't made that choice clear for themselves, and accepted it, whether they wanna go amateur or go pro, so a lot of them end up somewhere in between, and don't come to terms with it. Going pro means working everyday, all day. If you haven't booked something, create something, be a career builder 24/7 for a few years, don't wait for the call, make a call, make hundreds of calls and get new projects, spark interest, build YOU as a franchise. Don't ever slowdown, unless it is to revise your strategy. Allow people to laugh or scorn at you, just keep going. No one else cares about you but you, when it comes to the industry, but they will care about what you can, and most importantly, are willing to produce. And they have to know you exist, and preferably that the world knows you exist.