You know, a thing about life is that it’s unpredictable. One minute, you’re casually walking, minding your own business, next thing you know you got scouted to be an actor. By you, we meant Arbani Yasiz, the 24-year-old guy whose life suddenly changed after he got street-casted. Seems like a creepy plot, but it’s not, trust us. He got approached by his soon-to-become manager, Novan, who asked him to do an audition.
Without knowing the first thing about acting, Arbani decided just to tried his luck. He then went on to participate in a modelling competition –in which he became the runner up. It was in the 2015 that the DKV student got his first TV role in the Pangeran Lutung series by MD Entertainment. And life as an actor has officially launched.
Safe to assume that it’s the turning point in your life?
“It definitely was a big moment because truth be told I knew nothing about acting. Surprisingly, it went well. Since the modelling, the opportunities have been endless, I got a lot of offers for commercials and acting shots. Of course there were some obstacles along the way, I lost my older brother—who was also an actor, he was actually the one who convinced me to keep moving forward. But the true acknowledgement for my talent started since I starred in Roman Picisan which fortunately brought me to other opportunity in Tukang Ojek Pengkolan.”
You’ve always been involved in the romantic genre for TV series—did you portray yourself to be that way? If not, is there any other genres you like to try in the future?
“Not necessarily, it was and has always been the ‘it’ genre. The producers see me fit to play in the genre as well. Honestly, I’d like to try action and comedy—mostly because I’d like to try the CGI technology and just like other kids of my age, I grew up watching the superhero movies so I would really love to be involved in such movie in the future. As for comedy, it’s actually very tricky, I mean, everyone has their own humor level, so to make people laugh through acting is such a challenge and I’d like to try it.”
Other than acting and modelling, you also just recently launched your own clothing line called Subconscious, what inspires you to create the line?
“Well, I’ve always interested in design, and my friend and I once had a clothing line and I didn’t have much time to look into it what with all the schedule and all. So for Subconscious, I tried to continue what I’ve always liked—designing, and with the help of my friends, I can build the brand better. Also, I can promote the clothes to my fellow coworkers as well, which is a good marketing. I see fashion as something that never dies, so that’s why I keep exploring.”
In your Insta feed, you’re also pretty open about your relationship. How do you juggle to find a quality romantic time tho?
“It was pretty difficult before as the shooting was done always around 10pm. Currently, my shoot always ends around 6pm so it’s easier for us to meet over the weekends or on Tuesday or Thursday.”
How do you handle arguments in a relationship?
“We have to be the water and the fire for each other, I believe that we have to balance each other’s energy. We have to understand each other, and not being stubborn whenever arguments are raised, because that’s the key to a good communication: to stay cold headed and to listen to what others have to say.”
Lastly, are you or are you not a romantic guy?
“I don’t consider myself as a romantic person to be honest. At least before. But now, things feel different—I’m not trying to change myself to be a romantic, but I just feel like throwing her surprises. Last time, I rechecked her schedule first and tried not to be too obvious about anything and told her some white lies just to keep the surprise going. And it went well.”
Editor: Galuh Tathya
Writer: Windyannisa CIndrati
Photographer & Digital Imaging: Rendra Martin
Videographer: Iqbal Syafei
Stylist: Salsabila Sari
MUA: Nadia Renata
Wardrobe: baebaebae available on The F Thing