I had the opportunity to chat with the lead actor in Speak Your Mind, the award-winning dark comedy, Steve Kaszas. In his role as Jacob he goes on a sort of coming of age journey when choosing to take on an “aura of honesty.” With the film just recently premiering on iTunes and Amazon Prime in North America this is the perfect time to learn more about Speak Your Mind and Steve Kaszas.
Could you tell our readers a little about yourself?
Well first of all, I’m really shy with questions like this, so bear with me. I suppose the thing that brings me most out of my shell is music, I love dancing by myself, with friends and family, in crowds, even while I’m trying to fall asleep in bed! I’ve always loved movie nights, be it with my loved ones or just solo, either bundling up on the couch or heading out to the theatre, so when I realized I could make movies for a living, it was an easy decision. I love all things borne of the Earth, so time spent outdoors is very important to me as well. That’s all I got for now!
How would you describe Speak Your Mind?
A delightfully breezy ride full of dark humour, great writing & performances, and a lot of heart.
You play Jacob, what are your thoughts on his journey within the film?
It’s definitely pretty transformative. He kind of gets a full on crash course in healthy communication over the span of a week, so it gets intense given his immaturity at the start of the film. The funny thing is, I know and have seen people evolve this quickly given the right catalyst, so I believe the quickness of his journey will actually be relatable to some.
Do you think you could live with the level of honesty he chooses to use?
Jacob’s honesty I try to emulate as much as possible in my life, as I’ve learned time and again that it truly is the best policy. That said, the carelessness and tactlessness with which he employs his honesty is definitely something to avoid, as is obvious in his journey. I strive to be as transparent as possible but that doesn’t have to come at the expense of being a kind and compassionate person.
What were some of your favorite on set moments?
The days prepping and shooting with my on screen therapist, played by the incomparable Lee Lawson, were and are easily some of the best I’ve ever had as an actor. Her professionalism and stamina were nothing short of awe-inspiring and the film would not be the same without her kicking my ass and bringing me up a level. It will sound cliche, but honestly getting to know and work with every one of the performers in this film was an absolute blessing. The conversations we had about everything, not just the shoot, taught me a lot and will stay with me for a long time. I can’t wait to celebrate with them all again soon once it is safe to do so!
Were there any particular scenes that were challenging to film?
Going off what I mentioned above about working with Lee, some of the emotional conversations with her definitely get to your heart after so many takes and again it’s a testament to her pure skill and dedication that those scenes ended up as good as they did. Also it turns out Jazzercise is one hell of a workout!
Are there any other projects you are currently working on?
Why I thought you’d never ask! As a matter of fact, the film company I co-founded with seven of my close friends, Alright Alice Productions, is just putting the finishing touches on our first short film now! Look out for Link in the coming Autumn Festival circuit!
Where can our readers keep up with you on social media?
Thanks for having me Nerdy Girl!