We had the good fortune of connecting with Delil Baran and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Delil, what matters most to you?
Authenticity. I believe it’s not always clear when you’re being authentic. And when you’re not. We’re a big product of society and luckily we have one that we must interact with. Sometimes the balance can be off between who you are and what society tells you who to Be. In the end everyone exists in your mind as what you see them as and not what they actually are. In reality. So saying that , authenticity is the root to all good stuff. When you can go beyond the self that you always were . And can find a truer self of you. I think that’s a big reason of why I love acting so much. I’m always myself , slightly different as I model characters out of what I have experienced so faR in my life and every time you find new things about yourself and you add them to your toolbox. And you also find things that don’t fit with you and hopefully you can throw them out.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
A big lesson I’ve learned is to let go. Let go of the things you can’t control. It sounds very cliche but it is because it’s just true. The more you can let go the more you can be . And exist. I’m happy to get to a point in my craft where I can dive into the unknown let go of what I know and explore. A good friend of mine said “let go even further” everything you know at this moment has been Intellectualized by your mind. I believe that it’s good to have groundwork. But you can’t intellectually grasp a character . Or play a scene. You’ve to be prepared to stay open and play.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would list so many restaurants but honestly I’m a cook by heart. I grew up in a kitchen full of cooks. What excites me is watching things from the distance. As if I’m a camera myself. I’d say anywhere next to a beach is beautiful . People carry themself with a different vulnerability than let say in a restaurant setting. In a way I’m searching for that. To find out about people. And the beach is one great way to watch a human interact more purely without societies claws .

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Skyler Lawson. Skyler has for sure seen something in me that I wasn’t really aware of. At least in it’s entirety . In a world of hunting and wanting to be seen so badly in an industry that can be excruciating as well as blissful you always hope to be seen as something special. We all like that. We all want someone to reflect back to us our greatness. I feel Skyler has helped me to put myself in the cross fire and play parts That are human, interesting and surprising. In a way I feel it was meant to be because I was pushed to look deeper into myself by playing authentically a part. Hopefully it works out and I’m prepared that it’s not always going to work out. But ultimately it’s the joy of the work. You can’t ever tell if you’re on the right track of if you’re just having a siesta. Someone outside of you especially as an actor needs an director who can tell you or push you into the right direction. I believe Skyler has a gentleness about him that is beautiful and also wrath that can be shattering. He’s masculine and feminine at the same time. Very rare.

Image Credits
Skyler Lawson , Nicole Lehrman

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