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INTERVIEW With Actress, Writer and Producer Ursula Maria

Actress, writer and producer Ursula Maria has teamed up with producer Samir Srivastava and The Kollaborative, as well as with the Guild of Music Supervisors to create her new show “The Gatekeepers” which focuses on both the music as well as the film and television industry and shines a light on what is really going on behind the scenes.

In the show Ursula is talking to producers, directors, music supervisors, editors, songwriters, and many more to find out how they got started and what it takes to not only survive but thrive in this cutthroat business.

Questions like “what can you do if you want to get your music placed in movies and tv shows” and “what are the things you wish someone had told you early on about the business that you know now” will be answered by a high caliber of people, from academy award nominees to industry veterans.

It is a show worth watching for everyone who is in the music or film and television business or wants to start working in it.

Episodes have already been filmed with film and television music supervisor as well as head of the Guild of Music Supervisors Thomas Golubić, Image Award-winning and Black Reel Award-nominated series head writer Abdul Williams, experienced music supervisors Yvette Metoyer Jabari Ali, Andrew Kahn and Carolyn Richardson, Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated songwriter Taura Stinson, president of Go Music, DJ and 5-time Grammy Award-nominated film and television music supervisor Gary Calamar, long time music editor Craig Pettigrew, music editor Daniel Waldman and more.

Ursula Maria ( @ursula_maria_ ) has gotten her bachelors in theater, film, and media studies from the University of Vienna and has graduated from the Stella Adler Academy of Acting as well as the Garnish Music School in Los Angeles, all of which provided her with a well rounded knowledge of the strongly connected industries of film, television and music.

Ursula Maria Talks Projects and Much More

INTERVIEW:

Thank you for granting the interview! You’re an actress, writer, producer… How do you balance the roles?

Hello! Thanks for your interest! In my opinion, these roles go hand in hand. If I am creating my own project, I like to be involved in all three aspects of it. That way, I have much more control over the outcome. If I get hired as an actress on a project my sole focus is on bringing that character to live.

 

Tell us about your new show “The Gatekeepers” Could you share some teasers about the show?

Absolutely! The Gatekeepers is a show that focuses on both the music as well as the film and television industry and shines a light on what’s going on behind the scenes.

In the episodes I am talking to producers, directors, music supervisors, editors, songwriters, and many more to find out how they got started and what it takes to work in this business.

I’ve always found it fascinating to hear someone else’s story and I believe I share that curiosity with other people. Aside from that, I would like to provide some answers to all the questions people may have about the entertainment business. By conducting these interviews I am learning a lot myself. It’s great to hear all those personal stories and it shows once again that everyone’s path is unique. But there are certain characteristics, like discipline and perseverance, that all these people have in common.

 

Ursula and Daniel Waldman
Ursula and Daniel Waldman

Growing up, what inspired you? How and when did you decide to get into your career?

Growing up I have been training as a dancer quite excessively, I was very inspired by one of my teachers who taught me ballet, jazz dance and hip hop. When I started my musical theater education, I began taking acting classes as a part of the curriculum and I immediately fell in love with it. I have always enjoyed performing, whether that’s dancing or acting, or a combination of both those disciplines.

What is your most favorite experience in your career to date?

There have been a few great experiences so far, I am not sure I can single out a favorite, but I have had the opportunity to work on some amazing projects. I absolutely enjoyed creating my own short film a while back, in which I got to both act and dance. I also loved working on the thriller “Loop” that we shot in Chicago. I had a very challenging role since it demanded a bit of stunt work. The whole team was fantastic. I am currently enjoying the process of working on “The Gatekeepers”.

What would be your “dream project”?

My dream project would be a movie or show where I get to play an interesting character that has a lot of depth and is part of a fascinating story. Any project with a great script that has an awesome team attached is interesting to me. Maybe an intense thriller. I also want to do an action movie one day! That’s definitely on my bucket list.

Ursula and Thomas

 

To date, what has been the most rewarding part of being in the entertainment industry?

I’ve met so many amazing and extremely talented people, and every time I am on a set I am surrounded by creatives. I really enjoy that. It’s also extremely rewarding to finish a project and see it being screened. So much work goes into making a movie or a show and it’s lovely to see it all come together in the end. I also love being on stage. Theater can be so rewarding. It’s a lot of rehearsing and much time goes into making a production happen, but at the end you get to put up an amazing show and it is so worth it!

This is always a fun question to ask! List the 5 things you need to have with you on a set.

Ah, I have never been asked that question before, let me think. Since there’s always craft services, I don’t need to bring water or snacks, but I like to carry the script with me, even though they usually provide the sides on set.

I like to have the call sheet on me as well.

I bring my phone and a charger because some days can be very long. If I think I will have a lot of downtimes I may bring a book. I always like to carry moisturizer and sunblock with me as well!

Do you have any upcoming projects that we haven’t mentioned?

Yes. I am playing a role in a thriller that has just gone into post-production and I am very excited to see the end result. I love the script!

 

Complete this sentence, if I had an opportunity to change anything, I would change ___________.

…the time it takes to make some of these projects happen. I can be a little impatient!

 

THANK YOU!

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