“For me my mantra is “NEVER GIVE UP” . ” With Ming Zhao & Mardi Edge

For me my mantra is “NEVER GIVE UP” . Because to achieve anything in life you have to be determined , and strong . You have to expect setbacks and rejection , but you learn from these and move forward . Anything great in life was never achieved easily. I learnt this lesson from an […]

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For me my mantra is “NEVER GIVE UP” . Because to achieve anything in life you have to be determined , and strong . You have to expect setbacks and rejection , but you learn from these and move forward . Anything great in life was never achieved easily. I learnt this lesson from an early age, I was always determined to succeed at whatever I set my mind to .

As a part of my interview series with the rising stars in pop culture, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mardi Edge, an actor from Melbourne, Australia , working in F/Films, TV series , Short films , Presenters work , Commercials and Corporate videos. Mardi’s agent is “Profile Creative Agency” in Melbourne, Australia. Her agent is Daniel Scharf.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Ihad worked as a Model and Actress in my late teens and early 20’s , but returned to the Corporate work of fashion in General Management for 20 years, where I had trained as a fashion buyer , before returning to my original passion 6 years ago.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

Several highlights since I returned to acting . Being on the set of a few major F/film productions such as SLAM, in supporting role as Mother to the lead actress. This film has since had a cinema release in Australia and now a Cinema release if France, it was an Australian/ French co -production. Acting in a major horror film called BEAST NO MORE as one of a family of Psychotic Sisters. Working on major sets for a Stan series , and generally working with other fabulous , talented actors and crew.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Mmm, well since I returned, being in corsets for two period piece films, and not being able to breathe when saying your lines. !! Also working on all night shoots , and being so tired by 3am you actually start to forget all your lines! Well that is a case of funny /painful , but you have to see the humour in all things in life. And just some usual actor glitches such as opening the door and it won’t open ! Of course after a few tries you just start laughing.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

Currently just filmed an on-line commercial for the Internet on a world wide platform as an eccentric, Martini drinking and outrageous Grandma wearing an ‘OODIE”, that is a version of the best selling “HOODIE” top , but more oversized . Funny outrageous dialogue, and also used improvisation in the commercial. Just completed a dramatic role in a film called THE GOOD OF EVIL as the lead “Anna “, a woman trying to keep her adult Son at home , as the Authorities are trying to take him away … but something is not right with him. This a thriller, and I aged up for the role. Currently being colour graded. A Comedy MEOW BOW WOW , as the lead “Milly”, this is currently in the International and Australian film festival circuit . I have two other scripts for feature films, and a pilot that was written for me , to pitch as a full series.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

Inthe early part of my career in my teens and twenties , I filmed a commercial with the late great “Omar Sharif,” and also a commercial with “Dudley Moore” . Both actors were lovely to work with, and I was young and inexperienced. Since returning to acting , I would say working on PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK the new series, with “Natalie Dormer” on the set . In the Australian Series BLOOM being filmed for STAN, I worked with two great Australian actors , “Jackie Weaver” and “Bryan Brown”. No out of school stories to tell you !!

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Doroles that you are passionate about . Keep fit, and healthy , exercise , get plenty of sleep , and enjoy what you are doing. ! After all , actors have this career because they are passionate about it , and you are privileged to work at a job you are passionate about . Also enjoy your life, it is all about balance.

Can you share with our readers any self care routines, practices or treatments that you do to help your body, mind or heart to thrive? Kindly share a story or an example for each.

For me I use exercise as a great way to care for me .

My routine is cardio , weights, walking, Yoga and Pilates. These are on different days , but I always try to fit it in. I drink plenty of water , but I also enjoy a glass of wine.,

Skincare — I have a facial about every 1 to 2 months , but I am also diligent about my at home skin care routine . I stay out of the Sun.

I also meditate , and use it primarily at night time, especially after a long days shoot to help me come down .

Spending time with friends and family is vital , I am a social person, and love to catch up. I also enjoy great food.

I am a prolific reader, and will read every night .

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

Never do a script where you don’t relate to your character , or you feel the script is terrible .

Learn your lines completely ! Practice , practice… whatever method works for you .

Never come to the set unprepared. Know your lines, know you character , feel your character .

Don’t be afraid to suggest ideas to the Director , he or she will tell you if it is not welcome . But filming is a collaborative process.

Understand all the film terminology , so you know what to do on set .

Study other experienced actors on set , learn from them. ( I think that was 6 tips, I can keep going !!)

Can you please give us your favourite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

For me my mantra is “NEVER GIVE UP” . Because to achieve anything in life you have to be determined , and strong . You have to expect setbacks and rejection , but you learn from these and move forward . Anything great in life was never achieved easily. I learnt this lesson from an early age, I was always determined to succeed at whatever I set my mind to .

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

Actually quite a few people who have believed in me and supported me , for which I am forever grateful. — Lilly Dawson from “Hollywood Immersive Masterclass “ in L.A . I studied with her Masterclass in Melbourne . Lilly was always supportive of my acting and Interviewed me for her videos on her L.A website. She encouraged me that age is not a barrier. — In Sydney, “Jennifer Van Gessel” a Writer/Director who has cast me in two of her films , and is a great supporter. — In Melbourne , “Laurent Boulanger “ , writer/ director who has cast me in two or three films, and just collaborated with me on writing a series called NEVER TO BE FOUND, with me in the lead role . About to film the Pilot Teaser for this. There are many other including “Bronny Lane” a writer/ Director who wrote MEOW BOW WOW film for me , and has cast me in her next tv series .

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

Ascorny as this seems , I would love for people to be kinder . If this is a movement then good, there is not enough kindness in the world , and the difference it would make to so many people if we were all a little kinder every day. There is so much hate and violence, that kindness can lead to peace, and I don’t say that naively but with the knowledge of how powerful kindness is.

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

Well this could be a long list … I will start with the Dalai Lama, for his wisdom, knowledge and greatness as a human being and advocate of peace.

In the acting world I would love to talk with Richard Gere whose acting I admire, and John Malkovich . Also love to meet Judi Dench and Helen Mirren, again all amazing actors, and their insight would be invaluable to me.

Directors — Quentin Tarantino , Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott whose Direction styles and body of work I admire immensely.

Also love to meet Wayne Dyer for his teachings and knowledge .

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Through my Twitter account — https://[email protected] My Public FB account https://m.facebook.com my Instagram account https://[email protected] or my web page www.mardiedge.com

Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!

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