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Yoel Goldenberg’s Passion for Directing

Whether he’s performing stand-up comedy or talking with a writer, Yoel Goldenberg can spark up every situation.
He’s creative and serious about his work. In his fourth year on the hit TV Show “Under Cover” he decided to open up about something else he’s passionate about - directing.

When eight years old Yoel Goldenberg made his first appearance on stage, he had no idea how much it would change his life. Bright lights, costumes, sets and scripts all of a sudden become the things that determine Yoel and his identity.
For the talented actor, acting and performing came naturally. From as long as he can remember he’s been picking up accents and making people laugh. But for him it wasn’t attention or fame that kept him going, instead it was the connections and relationships that he had made with people. In fact he believes that for actors, it is extremely important to make a connection with the viewers, and only then you can do your part and make them laugh or cry. Finding out what motivates someone is a passion that can define you. 

After many years of acting and appearing on both big screens and theater stage, Yoel Goldenberg began to develop a much deeper understanding of the craft, and a more precise vision of what art should look like. Since his first acting job he has come a long way and have become one of the most talented actors in town, giving celebrated performances in many successful shows and movies.

At first it was the little things like the way directors would interact with their actors that Yoel began noticing. Then he started feeling like he can do more. That’s when he started spending more time in production and slowly began absorbing all of the details that ultimately result in good directing. After all it all comes down to the director’s ability to relate to a certain story and do it justice.

Compared to acting, directing puts a heavier weight on you. It’s a bigger responsibility, and the way you’ve chosen to tell the overall story can either make or break the project. While being an actor only puts the pressure on how you’re going to play and portray one character. 

Experience has thought him that making decisions collectively can give positive results. It is always a good idea to hear what other people can bring to the table, especially if you have collaborated before and you’re familiar with each other’s styles. In terms of the relationship with actor and director, by the last week or two of shooting, you shouldn’t even tell an actor how to play that role. By that time they probably know that character better than you do because it’s a merging of who they are.

Rehearsals have been a real learning process for Yoel Goldenberg. Everyone approaches work differently, but in the end we’re all there to serve the same script, so it is crucial that the director has enough patience to respect all those different attitudes and opinions, while establishing a mutual trust between everyone that will get that single vision across. From previous experiences he has learned that working with great actors and designers can inspire you to think of things that you never would have.

This actor, comedian and director is also a big sports fan and a frequent spectator of the NBA All-Star Games. Yoel grew up in New York as a passionate fan of the Knicks, who were also his father’s favorite team. But he’s also gone to Chicago Bulls games during his time there.
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