Happy Sunday my dear readers. Today, I have an early Christmas present for you. I had the opportunity recently to speak with DMV actress Felicia Brown, who will soon be making the jump to L.A. She's got a lot on the ball. So take in this advice-filled interview and be prepared to learn what it takes to be the best:
What projects are you currently working on?
I just finished a romantic comedy called Geographically Desirable. I play Abby, the feisty best friend of Nicole played by the talented Blair Bowers. Directed by Mike Kravinsky, this film was such a pleasure to work on! To get info on its release like the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GeographicallyDesirable . You can see me in a Darcars commercial and a Virginia Lottery commercial running currently. I also had the rare opportunity to collaborate with my sister, Desiree Gonzalez (MUA/ Body painter) and Charles King (photography), on a Dia de los Muertos tribute to the great Frida Kahlo.
Do you have ambitions in working in other areas of film, such as writing, producing, or directing?
Yes, further down the road I would like to direct. I have always enjoyed mentoring actors, helping them find their best performance. I had the pleasure of teaching an advanced acting course in a performing arts Academy in California and it was the most rewarding experience when a student would find their character. It just clicked, and to be a part of that revelation was very moving.
Have you always wanted to be an actor?
Yes, but not because it was ever introduced to me at a young age by my parents, it was something within that stuck with me until the moments in school when I had the opportunity to perform. I did not have stage parents, and for that I am very thankful. Simply encouraging, artistic parents.
What is your favorite part about acting?
The moment when the character you have been developing, connects with another character and this world that was once written on paper now becomes real. When all the work you’ve been preparing creates an authentic moment, it’s magic!
Who is your biggest influence?
My older sister. My parents gave me these amazing tools, comedy and empathy; but my sister taught me perseverance. She pushed me….hard throughout my life and often asked “You’re not giving up, are you?” If I ever thought this career was just too hard, too exhausting, she would kick my butt into gear.
What advice would you give fellow actors?
Learn your craft. Learn everything you can about your business. Grow through each project, each audition, and each rehearsal. Encourage your fellow actor. We are all doing the same hustle. You are not in competition with other actors, your biggest obstacle is yourself.
Do you work out of other markets as well as the D/M/V area?
I love it here, there are soo many more opportunities than people know. But, I am very excited to be moving to the Los Angeles market by the New Year.
How do you prepare for a role or an audition?
I start with dissecting the script and make specific decisions about the character. I almost always begin filling out a character’s childhood first, it’s a very defining part of a person.
What kind of roles do you prefer?
I enjoy a full character with hurdles to overcome and growth to be achieved. An empowered role always gets my attention, someone who is integral to developing a thought-provoking story. I also love comedic roles, but haven’t been able to do as many as I’d like.