Actor Ferdinand Hofer
“I have learnt for my acting career from studying”
FROM THE BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION EXAM TO THE ‘TATORT’ SET
Because a secure life with a steady financial income is his priority, Ferdinand Hofer deliberately decided to go to TUM in Munich and study Management and Technology (TUM-BWL). He had already attended lectures together with a friend and liked the combination of a sophisticated business administration degree with close ties to engineering and natural sciences offered at TUM.
Ferdinand Hofer likes both: studying and acting. He sees his double role as a student and an actor as a welcome and varying alternative programme: “You always look forward to one or the other and never fall into despair since at least one of the two areas is always going well.” Even though they are rather different, both areas have complemented each other: “I have learnt for my acting career from studying and vice versa.”
The degree programme Management and Technology at TUM in particular requires a high level of discipline, personal responsibility, independent learning and a structured approach. “These skills are very helpful for me as an actor when preparing for my parts, I sometimes used to approach them in a more chaotic way.” Also, the business knowledge acquired during his studies now enables him to relate to a whole range of movie-related decisions, such as the underlying economic connections, in a different way. And, vice versa, through his acting work he has gained great understanding of the human being. “As an actor I get into the minds of different characters, in everyday life, as well as at university I consciously use this to find out which kind of person I am dealing with and how I should best talk to them.”
ON DEALING WITH CRITICISM
The fact that such cautious empathizing with other people is not always being observed by film critics is something that Ferdinand Hofer had to experience just before his first appearance on ‘Tatort’. Regarding his new role, things like ‘rosy cheeks’, ‘blow-dry hairstyle’, ‘baby face’ and ‘the newbie with the boy’s smile’ were written. But the young actor Ferdinand Hofer reacts like an old hand at this; “it’s highly unprofessional and naturally annoying, but it doesn’t affect me”, and he continues, “every role can be criticized, but not the person behind it.” Constructive criticism, however, he always takes to heart because professional advice is always helpful for personal growth.
Of course he still wants to continue to learn in his acting profession, at uni however, it is enough for now. “I don’t want to keep learning, I want to do” Ferdinand Hofer says. In early 2019 he will leave TUM with a master’s degree. Even though he is looking forward to the new chapter of his life he is also a little wistful. “My university time was awesome and the flexible time management and support I had at TUM will be hard to find with another employer.” He would love to stay with the Munich-based ‘Tatort’ for a long time and also take on new roles. If that does not work out, he optimistically says, it does not matter: “Through studying at TUM I have gained a solid second foothold in addition to my acting career and thus a certain degree of freedom and independence.”
Bachelor Management & Technology (TUM-BWL) 2015
2015 hat Ferdinand Hofer seinen Bachelor in Technologie- und Managementorientierter Betriebswirtschaftslehre (TUM-BWL) erworben. Seit Anfang 2016 studiert er TUM-BWL mit BWL-Schwerpunkt Finance & Accounting und technischem Schwerpunkt Maschinenwesen, seinen Master wird er Anfang 2019 abschließen. 2018 war er als Erasmus-Student in Mailand an der Politecnico di Milano.
Seit seiner Zeit auf dem Gymnasium Miesbach hat Ferdinand Hofer in zahlreichen Praktika in den verschiedensten Bereichen, vom Landschaftsbau über die Schreinerei bis hin zum Finanz- und Mediensektor, kontinuierlich seine Interessen ausgelotet. Seine große Leidenschaft aber ist die Schauspielerei. Seine erste Rolle hatte er 2012 im „Dampfnudelblues“, ab 2016 folgten Rollen in der „Grießnockerlaffäre“, im ZDF-Film „Rufmord“, im „Sauerkrautkoma“, seit 2013 ist er Mitglied im „Tatort“-Ensemble München.
Ferdinand Hofer ist ausgebildeter Rettungssanitäter und Skilehrer, er spielt Tennis, Beachvolleyball sowie Gitarre, Akkordeon und Posaune.