Remembering A Mentor

The acting world lost an amazing teacher tonight — my coach of over 10 years. A man who never sugarcoated the truth, always being brutally honest with you while at the same time showing compassion and total support. He was larger than life. He was truly a “character” — one of the most unforgettable personalities I’ve ever come across in my life. There was no middle ground with this man: you either loved him or hated him. Thankfully, I think there were many, many more of us who fell into the former category rather than the latter.  There is so much more I want to say, but for now, I just want to offer my gratitude for all that he taught me, all of his critiques, all of his guidance, and his friendship.

I love you, my friend. Safe journeys, Ivan — and well done.

Ivan Markota

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