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Today we’d like to introduce you to Briane Goodrum.

Hi Briane, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born in Chicago, IL and lived in Illinois for majority of my life, where I began exploring the arts at a young age. I did everything from modeling and theater to sewing and arts & crafts. After receiving my Bachelors in Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I acquired an internship at The Second City in Chicago. There I honed my craft of sketch writing and faced my fear of improvisation. I went on to start my production company, Ané Productions, and produced, wrote and directed several shows. I also co-found the all black woman improv group EbonyEssenceJet. Together we’ve traveled nationally and internationally performing at different improv festivals.

A childhood friend, who moved to Los Angeles in 2019, thought LA would be a good move for me and offered me a place to stay until I got on my feet. Considering I never had the experience of living in another state plus the bonus of having a place to stay, I hopped on the road with my ever supporting and loving mother and drove to California in January 2020. Despite the pandemic occurring a couple of months after I arrived, I managed to continue pursuing my career as an actor t an apartment by myself and continue to pursue my career as a writer and actress.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has been far from smooth. Did I mention I moved here January 2020? I thought new year, new city, 2020 vision. I’m about to take on the world! But…2020 had other plans. And like most people, it affected every part of my life. I moved to a new city and then the world shut down, making it very difficult to network. I spent a lot of time alone in my studio which in the end, I believed helped me to learn a lot by myself.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a writer and actress. I also enjoy modeling and producing. Because I wanted to start creating opportunities for myself as well as others, I started my own production company, Ané Productions, LLC. I aim for simple but bold in my work. I hope that helps me to stand out.

I’m very proud of the productions I have put on. With each one, I’ve learned major lessons, both personal and career-wise. If I had to choose the two that meant the most to me I would say my solo performance, House Lafayette, Andy most recent project, a 24-Hour Virtual Play Festival (co-produced with Avalon Park Productions, LLC. Writing, producing and performing House taught me alot about myself as an artist. The Moonlit 24-Hour Virtual Play Festival provided an opportunity to for artists across the world to connect during the height of the pandemic. We were able to get artists from different countries to write, rehearse and perform 10-minute plays online. It was a very rewarding experience to connect with other artists during such a difficult time

What makes you happy?
Making people laugh. The world can be scary and I hope I can help brighten someone’s day with a smile.

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