Indie Film Actress Ilirida Memedovski ’18
By Madison Kobe ‘18
The best part of a college with a smaller student body is it allows you to get to know your classmates on a more personal level. Even after many years, you may learn something new about a fellow classmate, which is why I was amazed to learn Ilirida Memedovski ’18 was on her third Indie Professional Film. Who said superheroes are the only people who are able to lead two lives? I had the chance to ask Ilirida some questions regarding how she got involved in Indie Films, and what it is like to balance being a professional actress and a fulltime student.
What are you studying at Carthage?
I’m a theatre major focusing on acting and costumes!
Did you always want to study theatre?
I was originally a special education major with a theatre minor but I switched to a theatre major halfway through freshman year after my amazing experience in Herschel Kruger’s show Day After Night! It made me realize I really wanted to act. I hope to eventually teach or work in special needs though!
How did you first become involved in Indie Professional film?
There was an audition notice sent out to the theatre students about a film coming to Kenosha and I auditioned for fun. I didn’t think anything would come of it but that audition has shaped my professional career and I’m so grateful.
How do you feel you have grown since first becoming involved in the production of Indie films?
I’m learning so much more about the business! I’ve got an agent now and I feel so much more in the know. When I first started out I was so lost.
What has been a highlight of your experience with professional Indie film?
Flying to Brazil for the South American premiere of my first feature film The Book of Birdie! Oh and some really kind reviews from a few international film festivals!
What struggles have you faced during your work on Indie film?
I’m super self-critical about certain things, so it’s hard seeing reels and photos of myself and not being a little judgey; I’m a flawed human working on that self-love thing!
How do you feel Carthage helped prepare you for life after college?
Carthage Theatre has taught me a lot about working hard and not expecting anything in return and continuing to work hard. I think it’s a really great life lesson. It has made me a much better performer and student.
What are your current plans for after Carthage?
Hopefully some more international travel for more films! I could get used to the whole “seeing the world for free” thing! In the meantime though I’ll probably relocate to Chicago and try and build my theatrical resume.
What advice would you offer to someone considering a career in the arts?
Work hard, mind your manners, do not expect anything to be handed to you, be grateful for everything, keep your passion, and never let it stop being fun. Don’t let anyone discourage you either. If it’s something you’re truly passionate about then do it unapologetically.