Keep On Working: Rego Park’s Vic Bagratuni Chases Lifelong Dream of Acting

Vic Bagratuni with legendary director Werner Herzog.

Vic Bagratuni with legendary director Werner Herzog.

Bagratuni wouldn’t say if this was his big break in acting. There are too many things out of his control, he said, like distribution or marketing.

“I just did my job and that’s all,” he said. “I learned that you have to just do your job and with everything else, there are other people who will take care of it.”

He certainly hopes it’s a big moment in his career. Bagratuni said many people do a lot of independent films or web series, but they don’t get much exposure because audiences are often small, which means publicists can’t market it as well. But again, that’s not something he’s worried about it.

“What I want to do is just get auditions. Audition as much as possible and then get the next thing and next thing,” Bagratuni said. “When you pursue an acting career, if you think about money and fame, then you can go home.”

“I’ve met a lot of people here who actually think that way, and then the quality lacks in their work,” he added. “Money and fame and everything you want, you only achieve through hard work.”

His long-term goal is to be a successful working actor. More than anything, he yearns for artistic freedom and to do the types of films he wants and make his own decisions.

“Of course I want to do blockbusters, of course I want to make money,” he said. “But if you only think about money, then you end up being greedy and not doing artistic work. I think in this business, what lasts long is quality and relationships and what you establish.”

If he ever gets to that point and has that platform, he would take after Leonardo DiCaprio and speak out about relevant issues to society, Bagratuni said. He would pay it forward and give back through foundations and charity work.

For now, he’s going to keep working at his craft. Competition is always fierce in the film industry, Bagratuni said, because it’s hard to tell how many people are actually going for the same role or pursuing the same goal.

“At a certain point, you really start to cherish what you have and just keep on working,” he said. “There’s no comfort zone. It’s all about the work and all about getting better and better as an actor and a human being.”

In August, Bagratuni returned to New York to see his family. He said it’s nice to get away from the craziness of Los Angeles once in awhile, and enjoy the seasons on the east coast.

“I want to see the fall,” he said. “I guess I’ll stay until it gets really cold in New York.”

Bagratuni still considers Queens home because he lives bi-coastally. He said he’s not sure why, but he feels very connected to the borough where he spent six important years preparing for the thrill of following his dreams.

“I like passing through places that were in my memory so I know where everything is. You know the spots, the scenery,” he said. “Walking the streets here, it has an impact on you. It’s home, your immediate home.”

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