We had the good fortune of connecting with Yaron Shavit and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yaron, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I had a bit of an unusual childhood – my mother was a diplomat and so I moved around a lot as a kid. Though born in Israel, we spent a lot of time abroad – I grew up in Miami and also spent 3 years in Cairo, Egypt. The main thing about living in different places and going through different education systems, is that it gives you a different perspective on various things. For me, it was a very different experience when I was a native, when we were living in Israel, as opposed to when I was a foreigner, when we were abroad. Trying to fit in was a big part of my childhood. Between the cultural and the language barriers – I was trying to establish who I was. It definitely helped shape the person I am today – It gave me the drive to becoming an actor – the curiosity to explore, examining different human behaviors and of course the need to fit in… It’s a package deal. Thank you mama.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart is the person I’ve become (I guess that’s true to any artist…). I grew up in different places and so I was influenced by different cultures, different education systems etc. I studied acting in Israel, The UK and the U.S and I think it gives me different possible approaches when I’m challenged. That’s true to life as it is to art. I’m proud of my ability to accept a challenge and the fact that I really believe that failure is just part of the process and not an end result. It’s about evolving. That’s how I got to where I am – by agreeing to take risks, challenging myself and listening. As for what I want the world to know – I have a flair for comedy… I haven’t had many auditions for comedic roles and sitcoms, but I think I would do well in that genre.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Depends on which friend I’m taking, lol. But I would love to take them to Lake Arrowhead – I was just there this weekend and it was amazing! I like Runyon Canyon and the Wisdom Tree hiking treks. I’m not much of a foodie, but I do like The Perch in Downtown L.A. I loved eating brunch at Corky’s on a Sunday, but it closed unfortunately. Nat’s in Sherman Oaks is also a great place for brunch. The Grove is fun to hang out, Malibu or Santa Monica for the beach…
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve had so many great teachers at the Bristol OldVic Theatre School in the UK and Nissan Nativ Acting School in Israel, it’s really hard to pick… So many great teachers who influenced me, so many great directors and creatives who pushed me to do challenge myself. I would like to point out my great teacher Misha Luria for he was the first person to believe in me and he gave me a great belief in myself. I’m also grateful for my mother, who was always very supportive of my career choice and I would even dare say she pushed me towards the acting profession. I heard it’s rare for people in the arts…
Other: My good friend Omri Rose and I also have another page on Facebook for Comedy sketches which we started during the quarantine: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Comedian/Shove-it-Rose-110630630611032/
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