Arnold Resident Pursues Dream Of Hollywood Acting

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Lifelong Arnold resident and artist Emet Mihajlo is pursuing a longtime dream of acting.

“As early as I can remember, I had a niche for film and writing,” Mihajlo shared. “It took what seemed like an eternity, but I finally started getting jobs.”

In 2016, Mihajlo was hired as an extra for one episode in the Maryland-filmed Netflix show “House of Cards” as a campaign donor. The following year, Mihajlo was in one episode as a national guardsman and likely would have been in more episodes had the series not been canceled soon thereafter.

Earlier this year, Mihajlo had a small role in the HBO limited series "The Plot Against America," which was being filmed in Baltimore. Playing the part of a British commando, Mihajlo also made an appearance in the trailer for the show.

Mihajlo's interest in movies began early in childhood. "My grandmother influenced me a lot and always pushed me creatively. She was a writer, actress and director for Lux Radio Theatre in the late 1940s. My parents only allowed us to watch films from the 1920s to 1970s — Bette Davis being a household name," he said.

He also recalls “Titanic” as the first movie he ever saw in the theater.

In fifth grade, Mihajlo was in a school play and forgot his lines during one production. Traumatized by the experience, Mihajlo decided to forget about acting. Instead he focused on other artistic pursuits, such as painting and photography, but always kept his love of cinema.

After graduating from Broadneck High School in 2011, Mihajlo decided to enter the health care industry to pursue a career as a registered nurse, but it did not work out for various reasons. Around that time, a friend had showed him the HBO series “Girls” and was reminded of his original dream of acting. It was a turning point in his acting career, as he thought to himself, “I can write and do this better.”

At that juncture, he decided to revisit acting, which he had abandoned years earlier. He began writing screenplays on his own and enrolled at Anne Arundel Community College, focusing primarily on acting. He credits acting instructor and local director Casey Kaleba for helping him develop his acting skills and also said, “Honestly, I just watched too many Bette Davis films and kind of got the hang of it by putting myself in situations where I wouldn’t know how to react.”

During his studies, Mihajlo became close friends with actress Amna Geko, who also lives in Anne Arundel County. “She pretty much is the reason I got my first job,” Mihajlo said. “It’s really nearly impossible if you don’t know someone who knows someone, it seems.”

Mihajlo attributes Geko for him being hired on “House of Cards.” He further credits his acquaintances, designer Galib Najafov and actress Jemima Kirke, for playing critical roles in his development as an actor, writer and artist.

Currently, Mihajlo is writing for and working with a producer in New York City on a feature film. The film reflects his own experiences but is described as a “mystery thriller.” Due to non-disclosure agreements, he cannot share details about the project, but he said it will be relatable for those who grew up in the Annapolis area.

In the future, Mihajlo would also like to direct films. For now, though, he is focusing on writing. Laughing, he shared that he told himself recently, “Let’s just stick to one thing for now.”

In his spare time, Mihajlo does humanitarian work for a non-governmental organization that provides aid to those in need in the former Yugoslavia.

Mihajlo has entry on IMDb.

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