From Israel to New York – it’s Noy Marom (Part II)

Interview by Jen Bush

Ms. Marom’s creative process entails careful scrutiny of the script, research and finally embodiment of the character.  As a producer, her creative process involves collaboration.  “As an actor- when I get offered a part and I take it on, the first thing I like to do is to get as much information about the character as possible. That means first of all reading the play a number of times to really get the feeling of the character, understand the story and get all that information. The second part is usually research- if the character comes for a very different background then me, than I research that as much as possible to have the best understanding of their circumstances.”

“The next part is personalization and I believe it’s also the most important one. Many actors can learn lines and do the research, but what truly separates a fine actor from the rest, is the ability to understand and portray the character’s inner world. Even if you haven’t been through the exact arc or journey as your character, you can still find different places within yourself that can understand it’s wants and needs and joys and aches. It’s a part of being a human being in our strange and wonderful world, and as an actor it’s your job to have the sensitivity to observe and understand people and use that in your work to make it as specific and compelling as possible.”

“From there, it’s mostly about the more technical parts of it- rehearsing and bringing it all together and of course, being present in the moment.”

“As a producer- it’s about finding that piece that speaks to you and then just doing everything in your power to find and collaborate with the best creatives out there and produce the best work within your power (usually in a short amount of time).”

Ms. Marom finds inspiration in authentic people, empowered women, courageous storytellers who possess a certain level of vulnerability and love.  “I am inspired by people that are true to themselves and always choose love over fear, in their personal life, career choices and in interactions with others.  Especially fierce women creatives that had to really pave their way and push through in order to find their voice and create their reality under their own terms.”

“I appreciate and I am intrigued by individuals that are not afraid to tell and share raw and vulnerable stories and to share them with the world. I really think it makes a difference and helps a lot of people who need this voice.”

Trying to build a career anywhere is challenging.  Coming to another country to create an artistic presence comes with its own unique challenges and obstacles such as red tape and making viable connections.  “I think that anyone trying for something in this very competitive field and industry faces many different challenges. I do feel privileged in many ways, but being international, was quite challenging at first. Just coming from a different country and having to deal with a lot of bureaucracy was definitely difficult. It also takes a long time to find your circle and your artistic community.”

“But looking back at it now, I appreciate those challenges today, since working and pushing through them have made me realize just how passionate I am about this craft and about working with individuals that are as passionate as well.”

The pandemic has impacted every aspect of life.  The performing arts were hit hard due to the nature of the industry.  As we shift toward a more normal existence, Ms. Marom has some thoughts on the changes that have taken place and that should take place in the future.  “The industry has definitely changed, but I feel like that in the last few months there’s a big shift towards how things used to be and I am very excited about that.

“I guess a major thing is obviously the amount of in-person auditions. Many of the casting calls call for online submission and unfortunately many of the audition studios around the city have closed during the pandemic.”

“I think that there is a positive side to online submissions, since it is less time consuming and actually allows actors to get more done, but I personally love in-person auditions and find it as a great way to connect and work with inspiring directors and get more of the feeling of the project in advance.”

“Also, it seems that the number of the smaller independent production is also a lot smaller than it used to be, for obvious reasons. But as I said, I think a lot of it is in the process of coming back and there’s still lots of healing to be done.”

“A lot of these changes were obviously necessary due to the complex circumstances the industry Endured during the pandemic, but I can’t wait for the city to shine bright once again with a variety of artistic treasures from every street corner, and I am excited that it’s all on the verge of happening again and that I have some new and exciting projects coming up.”

This multi-talented artist has many exciting projects in the works both on stage and on screen that are sure to thrill eager audiences.  “I am currently working on a variety of projects and productions and many exciting things are coming up in the near future- I am performing and co-producing a staged reading of the wonderful Spanish play “Yerma“, produced by Virage Ensemble, with a beautiful cast of international actors. The performance will take place on October 8th, at the Vino theater in Brooklyn.”

“I am also working on an exciting production of a new piece called “LimboLand”- a unique one act play that includes movement and poetry pieces and is directed by acclaimed actor and director Suzi Takahashi. We recently did a workshop of it and should be going in to rehearsals for the full production this coming November.”

“Future projects also include a leading role in a feature film by writer, director and producer Vered Rodriquez and a number of theater productions with IAP- the Israeli Artists Projects- including a leading role in a production of the Israeli play “Best Friends” and leads in a few bilingual productions for children.”

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