Life is a stage. And for me, acting has been with me as an interest since I was a small boy. One can clearly see that on old super 8 films my dad took – I was always popping up in front of the camera smiling. When I was 10 years old, I played one of the two up-to-no-good boys in the amateur theatre in Örnsköldsvik. We played in schools and also did a tour to Moirana in Norway.
Bengt the “garden expert”.
Later we moved south to the West Coast of Sweden, and I joined the choir and played the main male part in a musical in the high school (gymnasium, ca 11th degree), and sang solo plus duett, in the typical swedish style of the 70ies – very left oriented. I sang “Is it possible to be happy – if you are not beautiful – what do you think?”. We toured also to a school in Norway and in Copenhagen.
After that, I was more into music composing and performing, until 2008, when I acted as a Volvo engineer in a commercial, which probably re-triggered my acting interest, so I started to participate in films as an extra or advanced extra, and sometimes commercials. It´s a great way to take a break from my usual business and to meet interesting strangers and have a lot of fun. The money for an extra in Sweden is mostly 300 sek for a day, and for a commercial perhaps 1000 – 3000:- sek. My ambition is to suddenly be casted for playing a proper role in a film or tv series, perhaps police detective? With age, I have gotten more grey haired and wrinkled, and that looks good on the screen 🙂
We all play roles. If we play them conciously, and not for destructive ends – in acting or in life – it can be real fun.
Showreel in swedish – “Undercover”:
Showreel with Nathalie G – “Scene from pulp fiction”: