We are sharing our recent interview with a talented actress Anne-Cécile Bégot.
Pro Media Mag : First of all tell us about the start of your professional career?
Anne-Cécile Bégot : I secretly always wanted to become an actress since a very young age but that path was not considered a real career where I’m from, a small town in Brittany, France. I was doing great in school with foreign languages so I decided to become a legal translator and obtained a Master’s Degree in Legal Translation, then I got hired at the UN Headquarters in NYC as the assistant of the director for Peacekeeping in Somalia. Even though I was very proud of my position at the UN, I realized that doing administrative work was not for me and one day I decided to quit my job and to finally be true to myself and live for myself and do what truly mattered to me, not what was socially accepted. So I researched the best acting schools in NYC and decided to study Method Acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. I did the two years training programme that the school offered, and those were one of the best two years of my life, I had finally found my true path! I started acting in short films in NYC while I was still in school and then got cast in other short and feature films in NYC, and that’s how my acting career started.
Pro Media Mag : You also studied acting, it seems you had deep passion for acting?
Anne-Cécile Bégot : Oh yes, I will study acting all my life, I feel I learn so much every time I go to class, it’s like a ‘religion’ to me, especially once you find the right teacher who gives you the acting tools that perfectly resonate with your personality to become the character. I studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in NYC, at UCB in NYC, Lesly Kahn & Company in Los Angeles and at the LA on Camera Training Center in Los Angeles.
Pro Media Mag : How much helpful this education has proved to be in making up your career?
Anne-Cécile Bégot : It’s very simple, without the acting education that I received I don’t think I would have found my voice as an actress. I learned so much technique and how to use my inner life, imagination and past experiences to give to each character I played, that I don’t know how I would have done otherwise!
Pro Media Mag : You have worked in many short films and features films as well. What’s your best role so far?
Anne-Cécile Bégot : My part as Claire in the short film Position shot in London and directed by British/Israeli director/producer, Liran Nathan. I really loved working on the vulnerability and strength of Claire, the employee of a company who gets fired for unfair reasons and she fights back for justice.
Pro Media Mag : What kind of response you have received from critics and fans?
Anne-Cécile Bégot : Apparently I’m very versatile as an actress and I can play any role, I’m like a chameleon and at the same time they recognize my style more in comedy.
Pro Media Mag : Any particular role you would like to play at least once in your career?
Anne-Cécile Bégot : A murderer who wants revenge like the character of Beatrix Kiddo in Kill Bill. I like those characters who want revenge and as the story unfold we understand their motives and their story and how they came to that point.
Pro Media Mag : Have you set some target to achieve ?
Anne-Cécile Bégot : Yes, hopefully I’ll be one of the lead actresses of a TV show soon! Finger crossed!
Pro Media Mag : What are your hobbies ?
Anne-Cécile Bégot : I love to ride horses and go on road trips to discover California and the American South West. The United States have so much natural beauty, I can’t get enough and I love to explore!
Pro Media Mag : Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Anne-Cécile Bégot : If there is one message I’d like to share through my acting career is to tell people to go after their dreams and to not get stuck in a career that is not meant for them just to please people. I lost 10 years of my life studying the wrong subject and pursuing the wrong career before I finally accepted the fact that I was an actress and that this was the only thing that made sense to me! I feel so fulfilled ever since I made that choice! Life is too short! Do what is truly important to you!
Pro Media Mag : Are you currently working on any other project?
Anne-Cécile Bégot : Yes, I’ve been cast in a feature film. It’s a thriller/dark comedy and we’re going to start shooting mid-December in NYC.