Arik Hartman was born and raised in NY, more precisely at “The Bowery”, in the southern portion of Manhattan. He is very passionate about Acting and Improv and is currently enrolled at UCB NY studying Long Form Improvisation. He began his acting career around 2008; starting off as a background actor and after taking a few acting classes and workshops he decided going on auditions and began booking featured and principal roles on television and in films.
Paradoxically as if following a “CIRCLE”, he has been to the 4 corners of the World, since he has always been fascinated about all the different people, cultures and traditions. He describes himself as a “globe trekker” or an “adventurer”, attributes that somehow keep propelling his acting drive. When not on set or in an acting class he can be enjoying a slice of pizza in Napoli, or taking a ride on a rickshaw in Mumbai, or even enjoying a Falafel in Tel Aviv.
Bekir Ognat, clearly intrepid man of many hats, started studying acting 5 years ago as an exciting fun experiment. He earned the nickname “Big Boss” from his acting friends in New York due to his choices during improvisation exercises. Some of these strong choices, however, led him to be kicked out of school where he had been studying the Meisner Technique for 2 years. Nevertheless, he is not easily deterred, and soon after his tenacious curiosity had propelled him on to filmmaking courses at the School of Visual Arts, New York University, New York Film Academy, and the New School. At one point he concurrently had a full time job and classes 7 days a week at different schools. What is more, he sometimes slept in his car, and seriously wished he had an RV to make his life easier.
Down the road, he has now actively taken part in some film projects and he even volunteered in a number of indie movies, including “Hitting Rock Bottom”, and not long ago he also participated as a producer in the short film “Kill St”. Bekir currently has other upcoming movie projects of his own to be developed after this short film “CIRCLE” is fully completed and released. He still takes classes from HB Studio to stay connected to acting, which he firmly believes is the foundation of good filmmakers, writers, and directors.