Chagrin Falls resident Anton Narinskiy quits accountant to pursue acting career

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Chagrin Falls native Anton Narinskiy, right, shoots the movie “Rabid” in Michigan. He is seen here with actor Rhys Trenhaile outside the New Baltimore, Michigan police station which was used in one of the scenes.

CHAGRIN FALLS – At the start of the summer, resident Anton Narinskiy quit his job at an accounting firm to devote himself to his passion for the theater.

He wasn’t the first person to quit his job to pursue a dream, and he certainly won’t be the last. But for the native Russian, 25, the decision seems to be paying off.

Narinskiy is in Michigan shooting the movie “Rabid”. Set in a small American town today, he plays Warner Stone, a war hero turned ice cream man, in the film.

“It’s about a small town and the way everything is slowly coming apart and falling apart,” he said. “The economy is collapsing, workers go on strike, jobs go to immigrant workers, and there is a lot of blame and blame. “

His character is the city hero and soccer star who, after being in the military, returns to try to save the city from its downward spiral.

Narinskiy moved to Cleveland at the age of 8. He didn’t play any role in Kenston High School, but instead played soccer and wrestling. He was a starting defensive tackle at the University of Iowa from 2005-2008.

Narinskiy said he relied on those experiences to help shape his character.

“Every time you play a role, you put a lot of yourself into it and you adapt it to your past to try to bring the two worlds together,” he said. “I don’t know how to save the world, but I can understand this feeling of pressure and responsibility to help others. “

During his four years of college studies, Narinskiy obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. Soon he worked as an accountant for the Cleveland office of a large corporation, although he was posted to Detroit for a year.

While living in hotel rooms in Michigan, Narinskiy was looking for something to pass the time, so he enrolled in acting classes at The Actors Workshop.

He loved it so much that four months later he quit his day job.

“The corporate world was not for me,” Narinskiy said. “Acting was such a big change, and I really enjoyed it. I really like getting lost in another world. You can just do whatever you want with the acting game.

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He has since worked on several films and commercials. Once “Rabid” is over, Narinskiy could stay in Michigan, if there are other film opportunities, or he could pack his suitcase and head to Los Angeles.

Although he doesn’t know what will happen in the future, Narinskiy has no plans to return to the accounting profession anytime soon.

“I am enjoying my life and have no regrets,” he said. “I certainly don’t see myself returning to the corporate world.”

Filming for “Rabid” will likely last until December. It will then premiere somewhere near Detroit with the goal of a wide exit after that.

“We have really big plans for this,” Narinskiy said.

The film is written and directed by Brian Lawrence. Visit planetfourfilms.com.

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