Wow, I am in the middle of my second month at New York Film Academy. People are asking me what it is like here and I am always struggling trying to find words powerful enough to describe how cool, great, fun, crazy and educative it is. I am surrounded by people who have the same interests, surrounded by artists, by film makers, dancers and singers. I am surrounded by experienced teachers who are out in the film industry on a daily basis. Who have been in awesome movies, know all about the business and are ready to share their knowledge and experiences. Now this is just my school. I have not even mentioned the incredible city, NEW YORK, the city that never sleeps, the city where thousands of movies are getting made. The city you never can be bored of… and this is where I live now.
My class mates are really talented and we develop together. I didn’t really know what you could learn in an acting school before I came here. I knew that we would learn how to become comfortable on a scene or in front of a camera, I knew we would practice acting but I didn’t really know how much work an actor must do, and what acting really is. It´s crazy. I mean I have experience from working in Sweden in front of the camera doing all kinds of acting jobs, commercials, TV series, short films, music videos, theatres and so on. In the beginning I didn´t believe in having an education for it but as time went on and I started to get more advanced roles I understood that with an education I could work more professionally and perform better. There are a lot of techniques out there and I have truly developed as an actor thanks to these. Like Sanford Meisner says “Acting is the ability to live truthfully under given, imaginary circumstances".
Now the funny thing is that I have actually used these techniques when I have acted before I got into this school, without really knowing it.
Before I started studying at NYFA I had done a bunch of stuff. I won the Swedish championship and the Scandinavian championship in boxing and went all over the world competing. After that I joined the army and did the ranger school for a while. Then I started acting. I started to dance ballet and I learned other dances through my acting jobs, like traditional Mexican and other Latin American dances. I learned how to ride horses, fence and do stunts. I have been set on fire and I have learned how to fall from a 12 meter high building. With all these background skills I have become a very flexible actor in the physical terms and I knew it. That is why I wanted to begin at NYFA, to be just as good and flexible with my acting skills. I am the type of actor that is getting the most jobs from the film makers and I have already been a part of nine projects (short films, music videos), playing the main character in most of them. I never felt this comfortable in front of the camera as I do now. I am working professionally with projects all the time outside of school as well. I have met incredible people and worked with really hard-working, great directors. I have made wonderful new friends and I am enjoying every single second here.
I am chasing my dreams and ever since I got here not a single day has passed by without me stopping for a second just to take a big breath of air, feeling such incredible happiness and gratitude for being where I am right now in my life. Why do I enjoy and appreciate it so much? Because I worked my ass of to be where I am right now, to be in a place where I am learning and doing what I love, which is to tell stories!
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Nurbo Bozan is a former boxing champion turned promising actor living in NYC.