Up-And-Coming Actors Alison Balnar and Lucas Zaffari discuss their rising careers in Hollywood
Alison Balnar and Lucas Zaffari, two young and talented actors left their homelands (Alison – Canada) (Lucas – Brazil) to follow their passion of acting and joins Enterprise Radio to discuss their life on the silver screen.
- What sparked your interest in acting? Have you always enjoyed story telling?
- It takes a bold choice to leave your homeland and pursue your passion for acting. When did you decide to make the move to Hollywood?
- You both studied at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, one of the top acting schools in the country. How beneficial was your experience there to develop your craft as actors?
- You both star in the independent short film “60 Eight” which premiered this month at Cannes Festival Short Film Corner. How was it working together and how exciting is it to have your film premiere in Cannes?
- You recently produced a project together called “The Dating Diaries”, a fun comedy sketch on speed dating. Who came up with the concept?
- What advice would you give to young actors considering a move to Hollywood to pursue their dream?
- What’s next for you both?
Alison Balnar is a Canadian born actress, who moved to Los Angeles in 2014 to study at the New York Film Academy and pursue her passion for acting. This 22-year-old talented actress, who is bright and articulate, is quickly making her mark in Hollywood; starring in both independent film (“60 Eight”, “Nexus”) and theatre (“The Graduate.”) She is currently part of the famed improv group, The Groundlings. Alison will also star in the short film, “Bloggers.”
Alison began acting at the age of ten, when she starred as ‘Dorothy’ in “The Wizard of Oz.” This experience created an everlasting love for the craft of acting. In 2012, Alison was awarded the Award of Merit for Performance by the Ontario Sears Drama Festival.
Brazilian born Lucas Zaffari relocated to Los Angeles from Porto Alegre to study at the New York Film Academy and pursue his passion for acting. Fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish, this talented 26 year old has already appeared in several independent and student movies (“Killing Claire”,”60 Eight”, ”Eva’s Pocket Watch”) since arriving in Hollywood. He has also starred in theatre productions, including “The Graduate.” Lucas is currently part of the legendary improv group, The Groundlings. He recently wrapped a starring role in the short film, “Bloggers.”
Lucas began studying acting in Brazil, where he quickly made a name for himself. He landed his dream voice over gig with “Alla Te Espero”, a Colombian Telenovela. This month, Lucas will be beginning his 4th Telenovela voice over gig for “Somos Famíla.” Other voice over credits include “Piel Salvaje” and “Voltea Pa’Que Te Enamores”, which are South American Telenovelas. Lucas also filmed a starring role in the independent film, “Ódio” in Brazil, which will premiere August 2016.