Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
It’s important to me that I make an effort to be kind and considerate. And I hope I’m succeeding.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I’m an actor, writer, and director who’s obsessed with character study. At the moment, I’m in post-production on my film Family On Board which stars Eric Roberts, Tony Sirico, Karina Arroyave, Matthew Cowles, and other wonderful actors. I’m in it too. I’m also in communication with a legendary underworld figure who’s in prison that I hope to portray on film sometime soon. I’m enjoying the process of getting to know the complexity and humanity of this man. Sorry, I can’t tell you who it is. I have a couple of other projects in various stages of development too. I’m hustlin’.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I’m a native New Yorker. I’m clear on where I’m going, and I’m enjoying the unpredictability of this journey.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
My son. He put the dark times behind me and gave me renewed focus and inspiration the second he was born. In many ways, he saved my life.
5: What book is your bible?
I generally gravitate towards biographies, particularly ones on Muhammad Ali. I don’t necessarily agree with everything he did, but I admire anyone who stands up and sacrifices for what they believe in. I try to apply that in my own life.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
My family, my children’s laughter, unconditional love, my best friend, triple breve cappuccinos, the Knicks, street art, religious art, Sullivan Street, vintage cars, juicy kisses, good conversation, standards, reliability, nostalgia, L & B Spumoni Gardens pizza, my daughter’s curls, and the perfection in imperfections.
I hate insincerity, selfishness, plug-in air fresheners, and the sound of an open faucet drives me crazy!
7: What is your raison d’être?
To express what I’ve lived.
8: What is your favorite color?
Orange, to look at. I’d never wear it, but I love the energy and life behind it.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Underdog. He was pretty deep for a simple cartoon.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
Court side, MSG, Knicks!
11: What turns you on?
The ability to communicate one’s feelings.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
If you could be one inanimate object, what would it be?
Native New Yorker, George Pogatsia is an award-winning actor and writer. He honed his craft appearing in over twenty arthouse films. His television credits include Law and Order and The Sopranos. Pogatsia recently completed the feature-length version of his screenplay The Pizza Tapes, a dark humored satire about a popular Brooklyn pizzeria that is mysteriously placed under surveillance. His short-subject film by the same title was winner of the Pioneer Theater’s Short Film Slam. In 2011 Pogatsia wrote, directed, produced, and starred in Family on Board. He plans to make the international festival rounds with the film in 2012 – 2013.
He first caught the acting bug as a child. A pen-pal relationship with his Golden Globe-nominated cousin, the late Gregory Rozakis, further fueled his dream and appreciation for the craft. He is a long time student of heralded acting coach Sheila Gray and enjoys sharing his love of the arts with his son and daughter.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by George Pogatsia
Design by Jillian Mercado
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George Pogatsia as Mike Petito in Family on Board, Photography by George Pogatsia