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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Gaël Zaks – Film Actor behind a Film Title: “A STONE IN THE HEART”, soon to Be Released

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Gaël Zaks – Film Actor behind a Film Title: “A STONE IN THE HEART”, soon to Be Released

Introduction

Gaël Zaks is one of the film Actors, Michael Ingrassia (Creator of the film), David Decraene (playing the lead), Serge Leterrier (Screenplay of the film), Pascal D’Ivernesse (Co-Actor), and Laurent Caille is (General Artistic Director) for the Film – A STONE IN THE HEART” (“UNE PIERRE DANS LE COEUR“).

Gaël Zaks (Actor)

Michael Ingrassia (Film Creator)

     David Decraene (Actor)

     Serge Leterrier (Actor)

Laurent Caille (Artistic Director)

Pascal D’lvernesse (Actor)

 

The film is finally heading towards its digital release, and we at Honk Magazine had the opportunity to exclusively chat with one of the Actors – Gaël Zaks.

Previously, Honk Magazine had interacted by way of interviews with – Michael Ingrassia, Serge Leterrier, David Decraene, and now Gaël Zaks, about their personal inspirations, chaos in film-making, and creating characters you can empathize with on the “A STONE IN THE HEART”.

The origins of this film are a series of discussions they had with the director and creator of the film Michael Ingrassia which transit from the front of the camera in a number of hugely popular and highly respected Philosophical tales about the chaotic journey of a little guy from Liège, his sufferings, his struggles, a parade of genres, representing the whole of the society of our time.

The new film production which is titled: “A Stone in the Heart” (in English), “Une Pierre Dans le Coeur” (in French) will soon be released. The film “A Stone in the Heart” is targeted at adults and young adult audiences.

Recently, Honk Magazine got the chance to interview Laurent Caille who is one of the film’s creative Artistic Director to discuss his inspirations and motivations behind making the movie.

The film’s poster shown is a collective commitment by all casting crews and are working to veraciously deliver the final release in 2022.

 

Conclusion:

Here are the highlights of our recent interview with Gaël Zaks

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1. When did you decide that you want to become an actor?

When I was a teenager. There was a small movie theatre in my small town. And there I would always go watch films, even just by myself. I loved those moments. That’s when I felt that being an actor is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

2. Tell us a little about yourself, the training acquired, and your age.

I’m 36 years old and I went to ‘The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute’ in New York. It was a real revolution to me, being in NY in such a great city, and a great school while I was coming from a small town in France. It was super impressive.  The training was deep and amazing. Today in my heart it is still ‘My school’. I learned so much there and with great teachers.

3. How long have been an actor in this industry?

Professionally it’s been 18 years but I shot a few short films when I was a teen. Oh my God, there’re definitely not masterpieces but I learned.

4. What do you like about acting the most?

 It make you feel like you are in another universe. I always place my character, act and talk like my character, and I commit 200% of myself into every public acting. The experience is thrilling.

5. When did you start acting? What got you started?

 I started acting when I was 18 years old. At that time, I got myself involved in acting a small part in a very bad sitcom (comedy) play. And what got me started was for the love I have for this kind of job. I just love it beyond all other things.

6. Who is your inspiration in this industry?

There are so many them. But to summarize it all, I would say, Mr. Denzel Washington, Mr. Robert De Niro, Mr. Al Pacino, Mrs. Meryl Streep, Mrs. Angela Davis, Sir Anthony Hopkings, Christian Bale, and many others…

7. What attracted you to begin a career as an actor?

 That deep fluid of happiness that crosses your body, mind, and soul when you act. Just acting!

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8. Who are your biggest influences?

Mr. Denzel Washington and Mr. Robert De Niro are the main individuals that influenced me most. However, there are many others.

9. What project are you currently working on to produce a movie?

I’m currently very committed to two(2) major film projects:

(a) A movie production with the title – A STONE IN THE HEART – featuring Michael Ingrassia (Creator of the film), David Decraene (playing the lead), Serge Leterrier (Screenplay of the film), Pascal D’Ivernesse (Co-Actor), Laurent Caille is General Artistic Director; and

(b) A movie with the title – “Mrs Rosenbloom”. I’m super excited about these projects.

10. What likely going to be the title? What is the story behind the film/movie?

(a) “A STONE IN THE HEART” is a story about Michael Ingrassia (Creator of the film)

(b) “ Rosenbloom” is the story of a lady who has inspired me all my life. It’s a dramatic comedy.

11. The film is targeted to what type of audience?

 The first title is meant for an adult audience while the second title is meant for everyone.

12. Who is involved in almost every aspect of this movie, be it film writing, or production, or acting, or directing? (Name all that are playing a role in the production).

(a) The movie “A STONE IN THE HEART” involves me and Michael Ingrassia (Creator of the film), David Decraene (playing the lead), Serge Leterrier (Screenplay of the film), Pascal D’Ivernesse (Co-Actor), Laurent Caille is General Artistic Director.

(b) The second film “ Rosenbloom” will be written and directed by myself and will have a co-production team to produce it.

13. Describe your acting style?

 I always like it when it’s deep and allows my character goes dig. Acting styles are personal ingenuity that reveal the fragility or the immense strength and beauty a human being can be at times.

14. What attracts you to your role in this project now?

My role in the first project – “A STONE IN THE HEART” is definitely the deepness of all the characters and the story and hopefully the amazing journey it can bring to the audience.

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15. Describe the character roles of other leading actors in this production. What are their names and position in the movie?

Michael Ingrassia (Creator of the film), David Decraene (playing the lead), Serge Leterrier (Screenplay of the film), Pascal D’Ivernesse (Co-Actor), Laurent Caille is General Artistic Director

Also, ‘Piero Di Cuero’ is actively involved. It feels like he’s constantly, during his journey walking and going through such heavy emotions and events that we can all wonder if he’s gonna make it.

Gaël Zaks himself is playing ‘Armand Tale’. “I accompany him in his journey, along with Pascal D’Ivernesse playing ‘Gipsy Ché. We don’t know if we’re real or just Piero’s imagination”.

Gaël Zaks character tries to guide in a more intellectual and conscious journey he has to go through, while ‘Gipsy’ is more represents the influence of the soul. It’s a brilliant script and story.

16. What’s something we should know about you that might surprise our audience?

The film production finishing of “A STONE IN THE HEART” and that of “MRS ROSENBLOOM” will amaze our audience. They will definitely be surprised!!

17. Are there any upcoming projects/roles you can talk about?

As earlier mentioned, the two projects are due for release in 2022.

18. What, in your opinion, is the most important quality in film actors, directors, artistic crews?

 In my opinion, a film crew can be compared to the crew building a magnificent house.

You have all kinds of jobs represented but the most important, what defines them all: They’re all, with their own talent, working in the same direction, with the same passion: to make this house/film as beautiful it can be for them and for the audience!

19. What is your articulated release date of this film production for public view?

 It’s not my field, the production knows more than me on that but I would plan for a release in late 2022.

 

 

Michael Odu is the founder of Goshenvilla Limited and official Interviewer of Honk Magazine. He shares stories of inspiring entrepreneurs from all around the world and tips to create a better life & business.

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Exclusive Interview With Dante Williamson

Today we had an exclusive chance to interview Dante Williamson.

Who is Dante Williamson? Sounds unfamiliar? How does he intend to make an impact with music? Read more to find out about the rare and talented musician.

QUESTIONS: 

What would you do differently if you were starting in your industry now?

I would strategize better and seek more insight from artists I know currently in the industry. Learning from other’s stories and miscalculations might’ve helped me from falling into the same traps.

What 3 things does anyone starting in your industry need to know?

–   Do what makes you happy and sounds good!

–   Build your fanbase.

–  Think big picture and keep the main thing, the main thing.

Which people or books have had the most influence on your growth and why?

My friends WHOISJORDAN, Beau Collins, Canon and my dad have influenced me tremendously. They keep it real and never beat around the bush. They’re all very knowledgeable in their own respect, providing an array of perspectives and insightful alternatives.

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What has been your biggest success story and why do you think it was a success?

My biggest success story is my highest streamed song, “Wanna Be With U”. I had no expectations for the song’s success and didn’t think it would do the numbers it’s done. I am very proud of that record!


What would you say is the #1 key to success in your music career?

Don’t go the easy route and be yourself! Real fans and friends can hear the authenticity in your art when you’re honest.

Talk about the biggest failure you’ve had. What did you learn from it?

The biggest failure I’ve ever had is not taking more risks early on because I cared too much on people’s opinions. I was a little too reserved, listening to what others said I should do. I learned to stop putting value into other people’s opinions of me and the moves I make because it’s not their career— it’s mine.

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What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

God, my wife Erin, and my family. They speak truth to me when I need it most and remind me to push through.

What made you pursue being an artist full-time?

My love for creativity and competition. I love making new sounds and experimenting when I’m in the studio. It’s almost like a high. Music is such a beautiful language, and I enjoy venturing through its endless maze.

Would you sign to a label?

If it was the right deal and situation, possibly. It must make sense! Some artists I know have taken that route and are still paying the consequences. The industry can be skeptical. Keep your eyes open!

What projects are you working on for the rest of 2022?

I’m working on my EP “sadhappy!” plan on releasing it early 2023. It will be feature heavy with lots of different sounding tunes and melodies.

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How can our readers follow you online?

My website— dantewilliamson.com

Instagram— danteswelly

Twitter— danteswelly

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Exclusive Interview With Rising Sensation Jarred Brown

Jarred Brown

Hello Jarred Brown, Thanks for Coming To Honk Magazine To Talk About Your Music Career.

Let’s start off by introducing yourself, you know the basics like name, age, where you’re from. As much or little as you’re comfortable sharing.

I’m Jarred Brown AKA Horizon Wake an RnB/Pop artist currently based out of London, Ontario. I found my introduction into music as a child in Toronto, Canada where I taught myself to play guitar and started singing for my rock band when nobody else wanted to do it. 

Talk me through your creative process.

My creative process is in large part a collaborative effort with my long time friend and producer Jesgee Beats. Typically I’ll start off with an idea that’s usually inspired by some kind of life event, a memory, or sometimes even a dream. 

I’ll take that and it usually comes along with a melody and basic lyrics that most of the time end up becoming the foundation for the hook section. Lately I’ve been recording vocals, guitar, bass, or a combination of the three and sending/taking them over to Jesgee where we work together to transform it into what you hear in my releases. The pandemic played a big role in shaping our current process and actually strengthened our ability to work together. We began working online during quarantine and at some points I was even recording demos from my car before I was able to get my home studio up and running. We still continue to start most of our work through discord.

How do you solve productivity/scheduling problems and reduce overwhelming situations?

Productivity and scheduling typically isn’t a huge issue for me at this stage but I do find that when situations begin to get a little overwhelming or there is a lack of productivity being direct is a huge help. This industry is collaborative by nature. I’m responsible for the music while someone else takes care of videos or mixing, or whatever else needs to be done to take the music where it needs to go. I learned over time that being direct, keeping open communication, and taking charge of the scheduling or whatever other issue is the key. Set deadlines and communicate them firmly.

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What’s the best advice you ever received concerning music?

I’ve received a lot of good advice over the years and I think the best advice given to me regarding music creation is to not get comfortable and don’t let genre box you in. I find that a lot of new artists will approach writing/producing new music in a way that is almost like a cookie cutter style where they take something that someone else in the genre has done well and replicate it over and over. 

Sometimes artists feel like they can’t write a certain lyric or use a certain instrument or melody because it doesn’t sound RnB or Hip Hop. This kind of thinking crushes creativity. Artists should keep experimenting and evolving. Otherwise how do we grow and improve?

What is still your biggest challenge?

For me I’d say my biggest challenge is knowing when a song is complete. I can sometimes be a bit of a perfectionist or judge myself a bit too harshly before releasing a project. It’s really easy to overthink or keep making tweaks to your songs past the point where you should. Knowing when to take time away really helps and getting a second opinion from people you trust to give honest feedback goes a long way.

What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?

Don’t rely on the wrong people. If I could go back to the day I started I’d push myself to record everything as often as possible and to make connections with people that are just as passionate as I am. Starting out I formed a lot of relationships with people who just weren’t in music for the long-term. So many people have so much potential but lose the drive to keep pushing. I don’t think I can ever stop making music. For some of us it is a part of who we are. Find those people and push forward together or learn how to do as much as you can for yourself so you aren’t slowed down by others.

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If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?

There are so many amazing artists that I would love to perform with or open up for. To be honest I’m a huge fan of Post Malone. I’m incorporating more guitar in my music and performances. I think we could rock out together.  

What are you focusing your time on now?

Right now I’m focussing my time on developing my new sound and releasing an EP. I’ve had a shift where I’m blending my RnB sound with more pop and rock elements to better suit my musical background. I plan on having the EP for release in November and it’ll be much more pop influenced than what I’ve released previously.

I’ve got a new song about a bad relationship called “Young Girl Games” featuring Coobie and Golden G dropping on September 30th.

How do you currently feel about the state of Hip-hop in general?

I think hip-hop is in a really cool spot. Over the past few years it’s really grown and become integrated deeply into the mainstream. Most modern pop music has more than a few hip-hop elements where there never would have been before. 

Growing up I remember my mom throwing out my Eminem CDs and not understanding rap music as art. Now she listens to a lot of the same things that I do. I think now more than ever we have the ability to experiment with our production in the hip-hop space. We’re blurring the lines between genres. I think its awesome.

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What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

When things get tough in the industry there are 2 things that usually keep me going. I love when other artists or fans reach out on social media to let me know how much they vibe with my work. It helps to keep me pushing on and often times can even shift my mood to increase in productivity. I also really enjoy having conversations with them and hearing the music they make or connecting with them in general. 

So I really encourage my fans to feel comfortable sending DMs on instagram or TikTok so we can connect. I can’t always respond to everyone right away but I try to do as much as I can. Secondly, I take a break from whatever is stressing me out for a while. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the responsibilities and forget why you make music in the first place. I won’t ever stop creating because it’s an outlet for me. When the stresses become too much I take a step back and just create for the love of creating. It’s important to take breaks and give yourself some breathing room to keep it fun.

How can our readers follow you online?

Follow me on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube @HorizonWake. My music is available on all major platforms so head over to wherever you get your music from and search Horizon Wake.

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