An Interview with Beau Yotty – By Kirsten Walsh

His bio reads like the average Hollywood dream, but it is far from ordinary. Growing up, idolizing Stallone, Eastwood, and Schwarzenegger, he decided to act on those dreams and delve into the world of film, and never looked back. With a slew of credits spreading across independent film, television, and the big screen, his talent began to unfold and he became a sought out actor. In 2011, he put into production his first venture into screenwriter to excellent reviews- the short film “Desperation”. He took a break from his hectic schedule to fill us in on what it takes to make it!

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KW: So first, what made you make the jump and get into film, SAG, and the American "Hollywood" Dream?

BY: At an early age, I remember movies inspiring me in my everyday life. Whether Stallone was fighting for what’s right, or Eastwood was avenging a wrong, I got the message to be like the heroes I was watching on the screen. Always do your best and fight for what you believe in. Aside from the love of the craft, I would consider it an honor to inspire others the way my heroes motivated me.

KW: Not only do you act, but you also write, and produce. Do you think that those with aspirations to be actors/ actresses need to have the ability to do multiple jobs onset?

BY: I don’t think that it is necessary for actors/actresses to perform multiple jobs, but knowledge is power, and you never know what direction this business will take you. I’m not sure that it has increased my chances regarding roles in film, but it has given me the ability to see the “big picture” and challenge myself in different aspects of filmmaking. There is so much that goes into making a film and the vast majority of which is never seen on camera or at the movies.

KW: You have a wide variety of films that you have been involved with. What style of film do you enjoy doing best? What style of film do you enjoy watching?

BY: I really enjoy action/suspense. As an actor and athlete, it’s always fun to push myself to the limit and compete both physically and mentally. The same goes for the films I like to watch. Sitting on the edge of my seat while watching a movie never gets old.

KW: You have a lot of projects that are coming out this year, which is awesome! Can you talk a little about "A Lonely Woman" and "Consider Us Even"?

BY: “A Lonely Woman” is a Crime/Action/Drama, which centers around a woman who is pushed to the edge and sets out on a road of revenge. The character of Antoine was one of my favorite characters to play. I would like to elaborate more, but I don’t want to give anything away, especially in regards to Antoine. You’ll have to watch. I star alongside an extremely talented Greek actress Youlika Skafida. The film is scheduled to hit theatres this summer.

“Consider Us Even” is a Horror/Dark Comedy SAG short film I wrote, which is currently in post-production. This film has an ending that you’ll be surprised by and I’m waiting with anticipation to hear movie goers’ thoughts. I had the opportunity to work with “The Godfather of Grindhouse” William Grefe’, who directed “Consider Us Even”. With over 50 years of experience and films like “Stanely”, “Mako: Jaws of Death” and “Wild Rebels”, I was really excited to shoot the film. The cast and crew were amazing!

KW: As an actor, what do you do to prepare yourself for a role? Are you more of a method actor or is there some trick to building up your character?

BY: As I mentioned earlier, I prepare both physically as well as mentally for a role. If the character is a police officer or an athlete, I train in the gym a little harder for the role. Most importantly, I break down the script and find out what motives this “guy”. Why does he do what he does, or say what he says. I find the meaning. A saying I use regularly in my everyday life applies to my character development. It comes from Shakespeare’s HAMLET, “There’s method in my madness.” This is true for my character’s actions in a script.

KW: As a writer, how do you come up with your ideas? Do you think about casting yourself or others in the film when you come up with the idea?

BY: For me, there’s not one method in particular for coming up with ideas. They spark in my mind and then take shape from there. Once that happens, I think about the idea night and day until the script is complete. On occasion, an actor or actress comes to mind as I write and that tends to help as I visualize the scene.

KW: What is your dream project?

BY: The style and type of film that you would like to work on.  A dream project… well that’s a tough one. There are so many things that I would like to do, it’s hard to pick just one. A dream project would involve action/suspense and acting alongside Stallone and/or Schwarzenegger. That dream project is at the top of my list. The ability to learn from the best would be priceless.

KW: With your vast experience and being involved in multiple jobs in the film scene, what has been your crazies onset moment?

BY: There are a ton of stories that I’m not sure I’m at liberty to tell… Although, one of the craziest things I’ve done was to jump into the murky waters of a Fort Lauderdale inlet. The director asked if I was willing to, and I thought the character would without thinking twice. So that’s what I did, I jumped in swam to the shore and “cut”. Well, as I looked around, I saw a dead chicken floating nearby, trash, a barrel and weird oil-like substance on the surface of the water. Not to mention the possibility of alligators or sharks. Needless to say, I headed straight for the shower!

KW: Having been on both Hollywood and independent film sets, what are your thoughts on the rise of the indie film?

BY: As an actor I enjoy both, for different reasons. The major difference would be financial and everyone on set is a professional. Hollywood leaves to room for error and are run as perfectly as possible. They make sure everything and everyone are accounted for, Hollywood sets are well orchestrated machines. And still, something unexpected will occur. There are too many variables on a film set for perfection, but we all strive for it. From my experience, Indie film sets are more of an all hands on deck situation. This is where it pays off to have more than one expertise. More than likely, you’ll be asked to help out in an area in which you are not 100% comfortable. That is not necessarily a bad thing, there is a lot of room to learn and grow as a professional.

KW: What films do you have coming out this year and where can people find more information about you?

BY: “A Lonely Woman” is set for a summer release and “Consider Us Even” will hit the festival circuit this summer as well. I am involved in several other films this year, but I’m not aware of the release dates at this time. Stay updated on my upcoming projects on IMDb, Facebook or on my website

Thank you Beau and we will definitely keep an eye out for your films! Stay up to date with Beau on his sites:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3976580
http://www.facebook.com/TheBeauYotty
http://www.beauyotty.com