A MOMENT WITH JOSEPH GALEA

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Date of Birth: 7th July, 1974

Location: Cospicua

Status: Married

Star Sign: Cancer

Main occupation: Logistics co-ordinator

Media-related occupation: Producer/director/actor

Joseph Galea studied Theatre at the Mikelanġ Borg Drama Centre from 1996 till 1999, where he attended Drama and Stage Management courses. Galea also attended a course in Script Writing at this same centre from 2000 till 2002. He took vocal lessons with mezzo-soprano Marie Therese Vassallo.

Galea has just written Passjoni tad-Duluri – a contemporary work which will preview in March. He also took part in the presentation and launching of various books by some of the best Maltese writers, including Trevor Zahra, Claire Azzopardi and Ġuże Stagno.

He won best actor in the Malta Television Awards 2007, and he’s also produced and directed a number of programmes for TV, namely Kaktus and Belgħa Te, Maltin Bħalna and PellikolaMattia and Grammi.

Tell us about your journey in becoming an actor.

As a child, I used to take part in local plays in my home town of Cospicua. In 1996, I decided to take theatre more seriously, and this urged me to attend drama school. There, I attended a 3-year intensive course and managed to work with various renowned local directors. Once I finished the course, some of these directors – who also happened to be my tutors – started offering me various opportunities which helped me advance in my profession.

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Can you describe your state of mind whilst acting?

In my opinion, there are two types of actors – emotional and technical. I consider myself to be a technical actor, which means having full control of what I’m doing when acting. I believe that an actor should suppress his personal emotions and focus entirely on his role to be able to fully transmit the character he’s interpreting, and overcome any snags that might arise during the performance.

What has been your biggest failure to date?

I believe in enriching my profession and getting satisfaction out of what I do. So, when I take part in a theatrical project or a television programme and realise that it hasn’t enhanced my experience, it makes me feel like I’ve failed.

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Do you have any advice for aspiring students who’d like to break into acting?

I would suggest that before going on TV, one should be well trained in acting. An individual might become very popular through a particular role played, but this does not necessarily make him an actor. There are a lot of drama schools nowadays where one can learn acting techniques and also sit for examinations – a bonus factor which wasn’t possible back in my day. However, we’re never too old to stop learning, and thus one should keep up with new techniques and styles by attending short courses and meetings.

Do you get annoyed when people try to make you do too many things at once?

I feel quite upset when I have to refuse taking part in some really good projects due to other ongoing works. However, I’d rather focus and improve the work I have at hand in order to excel in it, rather than accept other roles and fail to give my utmost.

Who is your greatest source of inspiration?

My surroundings are my inspiration, such as situations which I or people I know might have gone through and characters that I know or have met. An actor needs to carry an open luggage wherever he goes in order to fill it up with all that captures his interest. I often get caught studying a particular character which I think might interest me in interpreting in the future. The more you observe, the more valuables you’ll have in your luggage.

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