Please introduce yourself. What do you do? Why? What do you want people to know about you?
My name is Piers Bijvoet and I’m a Toronto based actor! I absolutely love to act, and I’m super passionate about it. My biggest project so far has been my role as Will in Viggo Mortensen’s Falling, which went to Sundance, TIFF, and was an official selection at Cannes. Falling was the first project I shot in LA, and it gave me the opportunity to work with amazing actors like Viggo Mortensen, Laura Linney, and Lance Henriksen. I’ve also worked on short films, music videos, commercials, web series, voiceovers, and industrial videos.
I started acting at the age of 9 after my family and I moved to Toronto from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. I love working on improving my acting, exploring new characters, and bringing a script to life!
What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?
I think one of the traits that helps me in this industry is that I’m super positive. I never get upset when I don’t book something and I always keep looking forward no matter how badly I wanted a role.
Also, I’m always working on improving my craft. I love taking acting classes and I see every audition as an opportunity to explore a new character and to grow as an actor. I have a lot of drive because acting means so much to me. Although I’m still perfecting the skill, I recently learned to cry on cue, which is something I’ve wanted to learn for a long time!
Describe THAT moment when you realized you’re doing what you were born to do.
I was on set filming a short film when I experienced THAT moment. We’d just wrapped for the night (and when I say the night, I actually mean 4:00AM LOL). On my way back to my hotel, I realized that this was my calling. We’d been shooting till 4:00AM for multiple days in a row, but I was loving every minute of it, and I could’ve gone for hours more. No matter the circumstances, if I’m on set, I’m happy. I guess it’s true that you’ll never work a day if you love your job!
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to go through and how did you grow through it?
One thing I did not realize before I started acting is that there is a lot of auditioning that does not necessarily lead to booking. In acting you need to work really hard for auditions by preparing your scenes, learning about the character, reading the script, researching the project etc., and chances are you will not book it. At first when I was only 9, this was very frustrating for me and I was disappointed to realize that you don’t book every audition.
But I’ve come to realize that getting an audition already means you passed the first round, because usually a casting director has to decide that you’d be a good candidate for the role in order for you to even get the invite to audition. Also, I’ve learned that not booking a project doesn’t necessarily mean I did not act well, but maybe I had the wrong look, or I was too tall, too young, etc. I think it’s super important to realize these things as an actor. I work crazy hard on every audition, and I put loads of time, thought, and heart into my preparation, but I always make sure to keep in mind that lots of talented people are auditioning, and I don’t dwell on auditions from the past, I just keep looking forward.
If you had to pick the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could take your career (or business) to the next level…who would those 3 people be?
I absolutely love Adam Sandler movies (especially the classic ones) so for my first person I would choose Allen Covert. Allen Covert has produced almost all of Adam Sandler’s films and has played small roles in many of them as well. I would love to work with him because his films are just amazing and working with him would be a dream.
Having said Allen Covert, working with Adam Sandler himself would be awesome too! He is my favorite actor and has acted in some of my favorite movies. My favorite Adam Sandler films are: The Waterboy, Happy Gilmore, and Big Daddy. When I watch these films I just can’t stop laughing so working with Adam Sandler would be so cool. Lastly, I love Woody Harrelson because of his amazing performance in the Hunger Games films.
I’ve watched them several times and I would love to act in a film like that. Secondly, I’m vegan and he has done a lot for the vegan community, and has used his platform to fight for something I really believe in!
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