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Urszula Makowska is a growing social media influencer, full-time fashion blogger, and actress born and raised in the heart of New York City. Growing up in Brooklyn, she attended dance class for five years and completed her certificate in acting. As an actress, she is best known for my role on MTV’s show Catfish Season 5B Episode 1: Lucas & Many. Since the episode aired, MTV filmed a follow up with Urszula Makowska in February of 2017, adding the footage to the original episode.
Urszula, can you tell us about the beginning of your acting career?
Being surrounded by art while growing up, really pushed me to want to become an actress. I was always attending dance classes or playing the piano or taking art classes. My parents really pushed me to be active and to take part in extracurricular activities. From being exposed to all of those activities, I grew a love for the arts. My turning point was drama class in middle school. That is when I realised how much I loved acting. I’ve always loved taking on different roles and conveying emotions. It was a way for me to express myself and I felt free. From there, I took acting classes and started to book roles. It did not happen overnight. I worked extremely hard to get where I am today. Before signing with an agent, I always submitted myself for roles through Backstage and Casting Networks. I definitely recommend them to upcoming and current actors.
Where do you think is the best place to be an actor and why?
You can make it as an actor just about anywhere. There are auditions all over the world and they are always filming, but I definitely recommend Los Angeles or New York City. Los Angeles is known for the film industry. As an actor, I would make that my first choice. I travel to Los Angeles all the time and almost everyone out there works in film. I was able to network a lot out there and I’d definitely say that is the number one place to branch out. It is a city full of infinite opportunities for this industry.
What are your best projects to date?
My biggest project up to date was making it onto MTV’s show Catfish. It started with a personal experience that made it onto national television. That has been my biggest career move yet and honestly my breakthrough. Since then I’ve fallen in love with reality television.
How did acting change your life?
Acting has opened so many positives doors for me. Sadly, I used to be this shy girl who hated herself. I was the quiet one in the room. Acting really transformed me. I started to become confident. I started to speak up. I started to love myself and not care what others think about me. Personally, it has helped me grow as a person. I learned how to take criticism and use it to my benefit of strengthening my weaknesses. Acting has also allowed me to network and meet people who have become very close to me. They are very important to me and I love them so much! As a blogger, acting has really helped me grow my social media and gain fans who are the sweetest!
What advice can you offer to those upcoming actors?
The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to don’t give up and follow your dreams. Every audition is a new opportunity to learn something about yourself. I know sometimes it might be heard to hear no about a role you really wanted, but don’t give up. Take their criticism and use it to turn those weaknesses into strengths. You might not get that role, but you definitely will get another role. Keep your head high and be positive.
Do you have any interesting film or TV projects coming up?
Currently, I am in the process of launching my own YouTube channel with comedy skits and I’m very excited for this. I’ve never thought about branching out into comedy until recently. Also, I’m always off to auditions that my agents submit me to, so hopefully something big will come again soon.
Photos credit: Lynn Lafreniere
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