Kirk Koskella (SAG / AFTRA) got his start in the movie business at the age of 14 walking into an acting and modeling agency and stating flatly; “Here I am. I am ready to work.” At 4am the next day he was on the set of “The Trial of Billy Jack.” Later, he began hanging around the set of Barry Newman’s “Petrocelli” until Production Manager Sam Manners finally put him in front of the camera.
Such tenacity foretold his eventual career in acting, then producing. In fact, by the time he had graduated from high school, he had landed roles in a National McDonald’s commercial, four feature films, two television series appearances, and a full 13 episodes of “Petrocelli.”
Kirk’s acting career gained momentum in NBC’s “Enola Gay” starring Gregory Harrison and Billy Crystal. Then playing sidekick to David Carradine in “High Noon, Part II: The return of Will Cain” (CBS). Though a series of small roles and a featured cable show “Interview with Russell Dial” were to eventually define Kirk Koskella’s direction as an actor. Including playing Sherm McMasters opposite Bruce Boxleitner’s Wyatt Earp and Marie Osmond’s Josie Marcus in “I Married Wyatt Earp” for NBC.
During this time, Kirk started to demonstrate his talents behind the camera as well. He began directing — first commercials, then multiple music videos and dramatic episodes of a Los Angeles area cable television series in which he later co-starred. While Kirk’s other passion, martial arts, also had an influence on his career, as his expertise earned him jobs as a martial arts consultant on live-action shows and specials.
The inexorable shift to a career behind the camera was completed when Kirk suffered a heart attack at the age of 24. Kirk’s doctor forbade him from subjecting himself to the physical and mental stress involved with serious martial arts work, and Kirk, unwilling to leave the film making business, decided to pursue producing full-time. Explaining that it “appeared” to be less stressful.
It turned out to be a wise decision, as his independent production company, NAK Filmworks, was soon in constant demand, providing it’s services to television shows like “Nitty: The Enforcer“; “Pursuits” with Lonnie Anderson; “The Wonder Years”; and “Leap of faith” with Annie Archer. Perhaps the most satisfying was working to produce Spanish language commercials for Disney Parks. Credits thereafter were garnered in California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona, where Kirk has returned to his love of acting, while undertaking additional pursuits in commercials, television series and feature films projects.
Kirk now calls Mesa Arizona his home, though the excitement of the entertainment industry is ever calling.