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Exclusive Interview With James Pratt, an Award Winning Actor, and Director From Australia

We came across a distinguished actor, director, and x3 Australian Auctioneer of the Year Winner. James Pratt is an x2 finalist of Australian Thought Leader of the Year (2018),(2021), and is a founding member of Mogul Productions in Hollywood. He also sits on numerous advisory films boards including the SP Film Awards in New York, Mogul Productions in Los Angeles, and the Hollywood Film Festival in Los Angeles. He is the recipient of various international awards including Winning, Australia’s Top 5 under 35, 2021 Best Actor at the American International Film Festival, Best Presenter at the 2021 Hollywood Film festival, Winner of the 2021 Hollywood Gold Award for Directing, and Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2020 Europe Film Festival.

In Auctioneering James has won the prestigious REB Australian Auctioneer of the Year award 3 times and in 2019 he set a world record, becoming the first person in the world to auction real estate via live auction with Cryptocurrency. James’s latest feature film Malibu Crush is set for release in 2022 and has a worldwide distribution, James plays the lead role of Michael Chase. He also appears as a series regular in the TV new series, Hollywood Unexpected (2022) and is the host of Mogul Live, a weekly show whose previous guests include, Ja Rule, David Keochner, ( The Office ) Nicole Aniston ( 3.5m IG Followers ) and Pier Tempest (Oscar).

Here we have a brief interview with James Pratt;

Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

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James Pratt:
In my very early 20s I ended up living in a small country town in the middle of nowhere and before I left there ( 12 months later ) I decided to make a short film, with very limited resources but incredible backdrops I made a $200 film called New York Model Agent which was selected into the 2012 NBC Universal Shorts Fest in California, this opened a lot of doors and was the first time I had directed something.

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Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

James Pratt: James Pratt: That’s a tough one there are a lot of great stories. One that stands out is meeting this incredible 61-Year-old lady driving uber at night about 6 years ago, she told me she had been driving uber for 12 months to save up enough money to start her own catering business (her dream she always wanted to do ), she only could drive at night because in the day the roads were too busy for her, I looked her up 5 years later to see she was in charge of 159 people and had her own catering empire. I’m so inspired by her.

 Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

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James Pratt: Out of acting school, I was fortunate to land a recurring role on Wonderland, a TV show in Australia, on my first day I did some vocal exercises in my trailer not aware of the thin walls. I just remember a knock on my trailer door, when I opened, it the lead actress on the show was outside looking concerned and said in a worried tone, are you alright? It sounded like someone was having a heart attack.

 

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now? 

James Pratt: I’m excited about Malibu Crush coming out, it will premiere in July 2022 in USA and Canada and in June in Australia and New Zealand. I’m also just about to start on two back-to-back feature films which I should be able to talk more about soon. Mogul Productions also has some exciting projects coming up.

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 Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

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James Pratt: I remember seeing Leonardo DiCaprio acting on the set of The Great Gatsby, he was incredible and just locked in on every take. Otherwise, some of the most interesting people I have met have been chasing big dreams, living with passion and a mindset of ambition not weighed down by age, or the fear of failure.

 Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

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James Pratt: I think it’s so important to have an outlet and other interests away from work so that you can balance out the highs and lows of your career. It’s a great home base as well to be able to think clearly if you know you can detach from work.

 You have been blessed with success in a career path that can be challenging. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path, but seem daunted by the prospect of failure?

James Pratt: I think it’s so important to not compare yourself to other people and do what makes you happy., At the end of your life, you want to look back and see you ran your own race and not someone else’s. The other thing I will say is, that failure leads to success, every single person who dominates an industry has learned more from failure than success.

 What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why? Please share a story or example for each.

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James Pratt: Be Thankful and enjoy the ride, even having the opportunity to audition for something is a blessing because so many people don’t even get a chance to do it.

• Remember to help others around you, If you are focused on yourself and forget about others you’re missing one of the best parts of being in a creative industry which is helping people bring dreams to life. Cindy Cowan once told me a great quote on this, “Don’t just be nice to the people on top, be good to everyone because people on the bottom quickly find themselves on the way up and the people on top quickly find themselves on the way down.

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• Take a risk. Look at what movies and artists inspire you and be in the location. If you love French Films find a way to work in France, if you love American Films go to Hollywood, but don’t just stay where it’s safe and hope someone does all the work for you.

• Write your own content. As an actor or director, if you’re not getting the work, you want then you need to start making your own.

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• Agents are fireable, not all agents and managers are going to work hard for you. If it’s not working, then be prepared to go elsewhere. It’s a business relationship and not personal to move on.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

James Pratt: I was very lucky, my Mum and my sister Lisa would be the people who helped me the most on this planet. They were my biggest supporters and encouraged me to think big and never to worry about failure. I was so lucky to have them.

 How can our readers follow you online?

James Pratt: Check out my imdb.com or Instagram anytime
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3680341/
Instagram: @James_Pratt7
Twitter – https://twitter.com/james_pratt7
Youtube James Pratt Official

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Johndoe98 – “Dior”

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Johndoe98 drops his newest single “Dior”. The track “Dior” is an amazing body that shows how amazing it is when you get to hear a socially brilliant approach to the music, that comes together masterfully to make one must hear the body of work. The spirit of music is truly what shines about this release. People are always looking for music that they can connect with on a high level, as we all look for songs that understand how we feel sometimes better than we do. It’s a master class of music that excels in every way, in its pursuit to give the listener that more we always love to hear with a connection that will surely last the times.

Listen to Johndoe98 – “Dior”

What do you think about this song? Drop a comment below…

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TONY BANDZ STANDS AMONGST THE BEST KNOWN MUSICAL ARTIST

The more we talk about the many industries and fields that are on a constant rise, the more we feel like talking about it. The fundamental reason behind their constant growth is some of the greatest talents it has given birth to.

Hello Tony Bandz, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.

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

First You Gotta Have Patience Sometimes It Takes Years Before Your Big Break I Say Always Stay Down Until You Come Up. Second Tough Skin Everyone’s Not Going To Like You Right Off The Back, Hell Some Won’t Never Like You But Always Remember To Keep Doing You. Third Networking, The People You Encounter The More Opportunities Appear.

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

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What I Would Do Differently Probably Do Less Collabs And Focus On My Solo Career. 

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

My Biggest Influential People Would One Would Have To Be Gucci Mane, Coming From Similar Environments He Is A Prime Example Of How You Can Make Anything Happen No Matter The Obstacles Or SetBacks It’s Never Too Late To Achieve Your Dreams.

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

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Number 1 Key I Would Say Practice And consistency. One Of My Favorite Artists Starlito Once Said It Takes 10 Hours To Perfect Your Craft. So You Gotta Keep Grinding Until You Make It.

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

I Honestly Don’t Have Any Failures. But I Can Say Always Learn From Your Setbacks Because Your Comeback Will Be Major.

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

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My Biggest Success Story Would Be Now Because Of How Much Love And Exposure. I Know I’ll Have Many More But This Means A lot Right Now For Me.

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

What Keeps Me Going Are My Family And Friends And Especially My Fans Anyone That Likes My Music . It’s Definitely My Biggest Motivation.

What made you pursue being an artist full-time?

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Honestly I Just Felt It Was Time For People To Hear What I Have To Say, And Nobody’s Going To Hear You If U Put Out Nothing. So You Gotta Make Music So They Can Hear What You Have To Say.

Would you sign to a label?

I’m Enjoying Being Independent Right Now But If A Label Comes With A Good Amount Of Money I Would Change My Mind On It Or At Least Think About It. They’re A Couple Of Labels I Would Sign To Out There 1017 Hmu.

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

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I’m Currently Working On My First EP Set To Drop  Later This Year Called Product Of My Environment. So Everyone Be On The LookOut For It. 

How can our readers follow you online?

Everyone Can Follow Me Instagram @Thank_Tha_Plug , Also My Spotify And Apple Music Are Tony Bandz Follow Me On There Too.

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