Di Vito “Nik H.” Nicoletti
Hi Klara, it’s a great pleasure to have you as our guest on Vocespettacolo.com. Let’s start from the first question… Let’s have a jump into the past. What was your dream since you were a kid? …what would you like to do?
I always had an urge that I wanted to do something important that would influence other people. I knew I didn’t want to be just “ grown up person. I wanted to help people and I wanted to leave some kind of a mark. When I was four and growing up in Libya where my Dad was an ambassador there, I wanted to be a surgeon and to be able to perform the first in the world brain transplant! I had the whole set of a hospital and was treating my dolls for various diseases. That was my first dream. Then when I was about 8 I thought I could be a world famous dancer or an artist. So I was an avid dancer – ballroom – to be precise and was winning school competitions every year. I was also drawing and painting a lot and became involved in poetry reciting which became part of my weekly routine. I was apparently really talented. I think that’s about then when my dream of becoming an artist became more visualized.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?… Who is Klara Landrat?
Haha! I will try to keep it short! I think I am a very complex person. It’s hard to define who you are if you are a woman. Life changes put challenges on you and you have to go with it…ot you don’t I’m certainly a person that changes. I like to use a quote of Joan Didion who once said” I have already lost touch with a couple of people I used to be”. With it, some traits have remained the same. I am extremely gregarious, I like people around me and interaction, exchanging information. In public I tend to be what you call “fun” and crazy, spontaneous, sarcastic, talkative. There is the private part also which is more introversive, perhaps that’s why I always liked being alone after an array of events or parties etc. to self reflect. Perhaps that’s why I always liked writing, painting, and acting. It carries certain honesty. Undeniable sense of justice to yourself, to the world.
How did you start and how was your first experience in the industry?
I was always attracted to art. Whether it was painting, or dancing or being on stage. One day there was an announcement in school that a TV series are looking for a girl about 11 years old for a main part in dubbing of BBC series “Sand Fairy”. /so /i auditioned and they picked me : apparently from few thousands of others. I really felt it was a big deal! I was working and going to school at the same time. It was an unforgettable experience.
Can you tell us something about your experience?
Well it’s a very broad one. I was interested in so many things that I felt I had to disperse myself! I loved art, so I went to art school in New York and couldn’t decide if I wanted to be a painter, photographer or an actress. So I didn’t choose. I was acting, I was painting and I was working as a photographer. I think my artistic calling came in waves of passion. One year I would do more of painting or photography, the other more of acting. And I gave it all my heart and soul. I was first cast in “Zoolander” in 2001 which also cohered with my modeling career at the time, coincidently in Milan. Upon my return to New York I have continued and been cast in “Going Under” by Erik Werthman and enrolling in college for paining and photography. So I had plenty on my plate.
What’s the best and worst aspect of your job?
Best is the constant change of circumstances and environment. The worse is constant change of circumstances and environment! But to elaborate a bit on it: I think the best part is being able to work with incredibly talented and gifted people and to absorb that knowledge from these interactions. The worse part is dealing with “predators” in predominantly male business (though there are many women reptiles out there as well) and to discern the real offer from kitsch and vulgarity. Also I think there is still a stigma about actresses and in general women working in the entertainment or fashion business, that by having such professions automatically equals promiscuity. I wish I wouldn’t have to induce myself otherwise.
About job proposals, what’s the one you’d absolutely refuse, and the one you’d like to receive but you still haven’t?
I would refuse ANY proposal that would jeopardize my self-worth. I would love to play a lead role in a drama or action feature. My dream is to work for David Lynch, Roman Polanski or Paolo Sorrentino.
What life has taken away from yourself and what has it added up to now? … and in your work.
It has taken away innocence. The loss of innocence is a big trauma for me as I was growing up believing that almost all human beings are kind and mean no harm. Since then I have an ever-present sense of loss throughout my life. And with it I feel responsibility to be stronger and better, not defined by circumstances but free of them in a way without the overshadowing of denial. And that is also what is added to my life. I think the ability to be fearless and careful and the same time. At least what I’m striving to do… And that life force has definitely influenced me and my work. To be able to derive from experiences in life and to transcend them into your work. It’s almost like filtering from agony to bliss.
Do you comply more to your head or to your heart?
I’m more of a spontaneous kind of person therefore I would say yes more to my heart. But. Then again my head is ever-present.
What can a dream be useful for? Have you got many?
“If you can dream it you can do it” quoting Walt Disney. It’s been my motto. I can tell you that whatever I have dreamt of and put my “entire self” to it- happened. Life is too short not to go after what you love to do! I believe anyone can, but most people give up or stop dreaming. You really have to be honest with your self why are you doing what you doing. And if it makes you happy… Not to say it will be easy, but as W. Churchill once said “success is going from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm” . I have many dreams! That’s part of appetite for life.
Is life always better than a nice movie?
Life is a movie. Entirely directed by you.
What’s happiness for Klara.
Its the wonderful illusion that you are never alone, that your love is returned and that you live the life you dream of.
Thanks a lot Klara, you’ve been very kind. Voce Spettacolo wishes you all the best in your career and life.
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