We had the good fortune of connecting with Vas Batricevic and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vas, why did you pursue a creative career?
At a certain point I realized that I have a right to choose what I want to do with my life. That was a pinnacle moment. I was always involved with acting, one way or another, but it never occurred to me that one could pursue that as a career. I looked at it as a normal surviving mechanism. Once I was affirmed that you could actually get paid for acting, I knew without doubt what job I wanted to have. I chose this path because – acting gives me an opportunity to work on myself, to experiment my psyche and my emotions, to investigate human species and human relationships, to fully connect with and relate to any living species, to be involved with the issues that our world is tied to, to form an opinion, and most importantly to always dig for truth. It constantly makes me aware of how much I don’t know and how much I have to learn. It makes me interested in every single thing I do, and it completely changes the way I look at life. It allows me to express myself on stage in a way I maybe wouldn’t be allowed in real life. It gives me courage to go to the unknown and simply be free. I’ve never done anything in life where people said I was good at, until I stepped on stage and did what I wanted and thought I could do. That’s where I found my point. Needless to say, the artistic path is full of frustration and insecurity. However, I think whatever we choose to do in life, if we do it with true-love, tenaciousness and authenticity, we can feed our purpose.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Mostly plays and short films at this moment. I directed my first film last month and right now I am in the editing process. Over the last couple of years, I learned to be grateful. So, I’m proud of the work I’ve done so far, and I am excitingly waiting for new challenges. What really separates me from others is not for me to say. I think that’s not my job, because I observe myself only through my eyes.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There is a hidden little spot with a full-panoramic city view on a hike between Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory that I accidentally discovered. It is a place where I often go just to be alone. Same for one specific spot in Topanga Canyon. Also, a hidden part of Point Dume beach is a place I enjoy because it doesn’t get that crowded. I would take them to HoneyBee in Los Feliz to try my favorite plant-based burger or my favorite Indian food at India’s Restaurant in Silver Lake. Mexican food would be a must as well. I would also take them to some of my favorite little cinemas such as Vista, Laemmle, and Tarantino’s New Beverly. LACMA, The Broad, and Getty have been museums I’ve gone to most often so far. To get a drink I like going to Davey Wayne’s. LA is filled with pockets and each weekend something new is up. Some of my DJ friends throw private parties at some surreal locations. That would be the cherry on top.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Family. They’re the biggest support I have. Since everything we like shapes us a certain way, I have to also give a shoutout to a book that has a special meaning in my life – Be Here Now, by Ram Dass – which opened up a new universe and shifted my perception into another direction. My favorite writer is Dostoyevsky. Favorite band Pink Floyd. Favorite actor Marlon Brando. I would say that all these people have had an extreme influence on me.