This week’s Q&A is with actor/producer Monte Bezell. Monte spoke to us about how growing up in Brooklyn formed his desire to be in show business, how staring out in indie films shaped his career and his upcoming projects. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Monte Bezell:
The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to get into show business?
Monte Bezell: I was always a big film fan, and one day I walk by this huge set on the steps of City Hall in downtown Brooklyn and I knew right then I wanted to be in the business!
TDQ: Who was your favorite actor growing up?
MB: As a New Yorker it was always going to be Al Pacino. His roles were classic and he represented everything I grew up to respect and idolize from my upbringing in Brooklyn.
TDQ: What was your favorite TV show growing up?
MB: I didn’t really watch a ton of TV growing up but I was always a fan of “Seinfeld” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?
MB: At the end of the day never sacrifice your art for anyone. I think this really built in the notion of never giving up and always staying true to yourself.
TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?
MB: Someone once told me that no one would care for my Brooklyn accent and that I should learn how to suppress it. That ended up being advice I am glad I never took.
TDQ: Who are your influences?
MB: As a New Yorker you have to name the greats of De Niro, Pacino, and Scorsese. It would be almost blasphemy to not include them.
TDQ: You started your career working on indie projects. How has that background helped you as your career has progressed?
MB: Idie films really make you earn your keep. You fully comprehend how a full set works – there is no compartmentalization. This is so essential as you make your way up the ladder of studio films and sets.
TDQ: Besides acting, you’ve moved into a producer role, especially in the past few years. What has that transition been like?
MB: It has actually been a smooth transition! I really enjoy finding a great story (tough part) financing the project (toughest part) putting together a great cast & crew (fun part) and shooting it (best part) and finally selling the project (deep exhale, lol!).
TDQ: What project(s) are you working on next?
MB: Currently working on two films: a crime drama set in New York, and a sports film. I also have two other films coming out in 2018 entitled “Saint Nicholas” and “El Gallo.”
TDQ: Where do you see yourself and your career in five years?
MB: I see myself collaborating with actors and directors I admire on studio projects. And a couple of awards would be cool too!