Nelson Sejdija is regarded as a prominent versatile actor who manages to be both the good guy and the bad guy in the movies, making him desirable by directors. Nelson has the ability to successfully materialize the effect of the character he plays to the audience, bringing powerful emotions, maturity, and creativity to his craft.
What makes Nelson Sejdija a favorite and one of the most-sought after actors is his charisma, charm, and intelligence. As an extraordinary actor he is in full and fearless command of his gifts, well-known as a memorable performer.
Albanian actor Nelson Sejdija is best known for his work in the leading Turkish series “Grand Family” (2015 – 2021) and Netflix’s “Ertugrul” (2014 – 2019). Born in Skopje, North Macedonia in 1994 to Kosovo-Albanian parents (Fehmi and Dashurie Sejdija). In 2004 Nelson and his family relocated to Prishtina, Kosovo, where he currently resides. He earned his acting degree in 2017 from the Acting Academy in Skopje.
Exclusive Interview with Nelson Sejdija: Embracing a Positive Attitude in the World of Acting
NY Elite: What is your latest movie project?
Nelson Sejdija: My latest project is called the Grand Family, a Turkish TV series with five seasons, directed by Onur Tan. Grand Family is a very popular action-crime-drama series that centers on the life of a young man who enters the realm of mafia. The story unfolds an intricate plot about family, power, and the underground world.
NY Elite: Can you tell us about your character in the Grand Family series?
Nelson Sejdija: The series was shot in Istanbul. I played the role of a gangster, who was a paid assassin.
NY Elite: What was it like working with the director Onur Tan?
Nelson Sejdija: I was part of the shooting during 2019-2020 season, and I have high regard for director Onur Tan. Director Onur had a great vision for the series “Grand Family”, and he easily communicated it with the team and the crew. He gave great direction, was positive and very motivating throughout the shooting. I enjoyed working with Director Tan and I respect his work ethics and his professionalism.
NY Elite: What other projects have you been a part of?
Nelson Sejdija: I was blessed to take part in 2019 in the last season of a popular TV Series “Ertugrul”, directed by Metin Günay. Ertugrul is an award-winning period drama with six series, and I play the role of the king’s guard.
NY Elite: How different is the European cinema vs. the American film industry?
Nelson Sejdija: American films take pride in filming in famous European destinations, and European films are known for their powerful creative storytelling. Hollywood offers its benefits given the organizational budget size and the number of producers involved.
NY Elite: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
Nelson Sejdija: Acting is my main passion and I also enjoy modeling for classic styles gentlemen’s suits and fashion.
NY Elite: Which accomplishments are you proud of?
Nelson Sejdija: I work very hard to achieve the goals I set for myself. All my accomplishments and success I dedicate to my family. I am very thankful for their love and support and everything I do is for them.
Last year in 2021 I lost both of my parents which has been a very difficult time for me. I lost the most precious thing in my life, and I was determined to never give up. I want to make my parents proud with my hard work in pursuing my dreams. I value the goodness in my parents, and I always remember them by being kind to others.
NY Elite: What life lessons has acting taught you? What is your advice to aspiring actors?
Nelson Sejdija: Acting is a tough field in a tough industry, and if you are not sure it’s something you are passionate about pursuing, you might not be able to navigate the pressures of the industry. Many young actors lose faith or self-confidence when faced with rejection and uncertainty.
Confidence is the perfect tool to combat the insecurities that life throws at you. Controlling your feelings and focusing on positive thinking helps you stay motivated towards your goals. The main lesson for me is that worrying doesn’t help you in the long run; it doesn’t make you a better actor, it just keeps you away from your passions. The more you worry and think about your abilities, the less focus you will have, and this will reflect in your performance. Success depends on you if you overcome the obstacles.
I always tell myself that a career in acting will be full of many ups and downs and challenges, but through it all, you are the only thing you can control. If you put your energy into your passions instead of your fears, then the possibilities are endless!