Interview with an actor and independent film producer, Hakan Yildiz
Hakan Yildiz is a professional actor and independent film producer. He started acting on stage as a child actor in his hometown. After studying a B.A. in English Literature and Theatre from University of Debrecen, Hungary in 2013, he worked consistently as an actor, guest starring on TV series as well as producing independent films. He began his career in production in 2013 in Hungary. Hakan earned his first producer credit in 2010 with short films like Meditations: Man in Water. In 2011-2013, He produced UK and US independent films such as “Don’t Let Him In”, “Sicky” and “Days of Thousands Screams” along with numerous shorts and feature films. In 2013, Hakan worked as a Director and Producer at Sweet Dreams Productions in Hungary. He later moved to Istanbul and founded his own independent production company 3Films Production & Distribution with the writer and director Selcen Yilmazoglu in 2014 by making their own short films. He now lives in Istanbul, is an active member of the Producer’s Guild of Turkey and is a great swimmer.
We are sharing our recent interview with Hakan.
Pro Media Mag : First of all tell us about the start of your professional career?
Hakan Yildiz : I was in the middle school when l started acting as a background actor on stage then l got the leading role in the high school. Then l decided to be a professional actor so l attended many acting workshops, took private acting classes as well as read lots of books to learn every details about acting. Im still attending courses and still learning…
Pro Media Mag : Who or what inspired you to get into acting?
Hakan Yildiz : Of course my teacher in the middle school who gave a me a chance to act on stage for the first time. She loved acting, theater plays, literature and movies and we had a couple of times to talk about all these and she inspired me to learn everything related to acting and improving myself.
Pro Media Mag : Your award winning film Hursit got extremely good response. You must be happy with it?
Hakan Yildiz : Yes. We are really happy to see Hursit got many nominations and screened in many prestigious film festival around the globe. I’m proud of all my team from the director to the assistant.
Pro Media Mag : What inspired you to launch your own production company 3Films Production & Distribution?
Hakan Yildiz : Well, its easy to answer because when you start a project you will soon need a production company to work with but we were already a team after producing lots of films together so we decided to set up a company legally and work together.
Pro Media Mag : You have been in acting, writing, direction and production, which one has proved to be more interesting for you?
Hakan Yildiz : I think acting and producing are my favorites.
Pro Media Mag : Tell us about your recent projects?
Hakan Yildiz : Well we have 2 feature films in development stage right now. One of them The Boy On The Bridge will be shot next year in New York. We are really working hard to do our best to make a great film.
Pro Media Mag : What’s the biggest achievement in your career so far?
Hakan Yildiz : When l we were nominated for the best national film award by Turkish golden orange film festival l think. ( imagine like the Academy Awards!)
Pro Media Mag : What’s the best part of being an actor/producer?
Hakan Yildiz : Acting different characters, personalities and every time you learn new things,focusing on a different life.
Pro Media Mag : Are you active on social media? What’s the best way to follow you for updates?
Hakan Yildiz : Yes you can find me everywhere lol