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Life & Work with Brooklyn Sample

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brooklyn Sample.

Hi Brooklyn, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Storytelling feeds my soul. When I was younger I did so by acting, studying at Ball State University, and then at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. However, after having my children, creating on other people’s schedules did not work for me, so that energy went into writing and directing. My first play was produced in 2011 and I went on to direct either alone or collaboratively six more times in that 18-month period. After that, I went back to school and took scriptwriting and creative writing classes, diving into this new world of stories. Along the way, I began developing show ideas with others who had ideas but were unsure about how to bring them to life. With my understanding as a director, writer, set experience, and talent connections I ended up in Creative Producing. It allows me, from start to finish, to breathe life into the vision. Directing also fills me in this way, and because of my producing, acting, and writing knowledge, I am able to switch my many hats to facilitate the 360 needs of the production. Now I am developing for stage and screen while directing passion projects as they come up.

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?
Balancing contracted creative work and small children will test anyone’s mental stability. I have three wonderful boys, but they are and were a handful. My husband owns and operates a highly successful Advertising Agency, Hi 5, and works crazy hours. There were many times I felt like giving up, not because I didn’t have the drive to do it, but because I struggled to have the energy or brain capacity to be fully committed. I think it is important to be kind to yourself in those times and listen to what you need under the circumstances. This is why I turned to writing. It allowed me to put all the story inside me on paper at times that worked for me. I am blessed that I had that time with my children, it was my choice to stay with them, but it did not change my desire to create. This is a lot of the reason my work partner, Melanie Lee, and I started our Podcast, Moms Art Too. We want to inspire moms or anyone else who needs it to love themselves even when it’s hard and find inspiration to get through it.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
What don’t I do! I kid because through my partner and I’s production company, Blind Toe we make a joke about that. Our business card has a laundry list of services we can provide. In the theatre world, I direct and produce plays as well as sit on the board of directors at The Group Rep Theatre in North Hollywood. I had the opportunity to direct Sam Shepard’s brilliant play “True West” this month which was a true honor for me. I lead an all-female production team which was important in telling a story dripping with toxic masculinity. This show was magical and received rave reviews due to the talent of everyone involved. In the digital world, I have worked as a Creative Producer for the music video, “One Nation”, by the Outlawz featuring Xzibit. My husband, Matt Sample, directed and we had a blast collaborating on this project. I have also been helping develop stories with Seedling Productions headed by a force, Brittiany Devries. Now, my work wife Melanie and I have not only our pilot we shop, a docu-style coming of age story in development, and plays to produce on the horizon, but we are working on the second season of our podcast, Moms Art Too. We started this for us, really. In search of inspiration from other moms and dads who are just finding the best way to balance their craft with parenthood. Just two moms in search of inspiration while creating questionable comedy. We are truly learning so much from all of these amazing people!

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
Our company Blind Toe services many needs in the entertainment world. From acting coach to story development to directing, choreographing, producing, and even script clean up. our biggest support right now is for our podcast. We are a couple of girls who take the work seriously but not ourselves seriously. Subscribing to our weekly podcast, Moms Art Too would be huge! The stories our guests have shared have takeaways for any listener. They share their struggles, and how they overcame them with practical applications that we as listeners can take and use. It is important to us that we maintain women supporting women culture while still being an equal opportunity podcast and interviewing men too on our episodes titled, Mandays. Our goal is to broaden our listenership so we can spread the love!

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Matt Sample, Doug Engalla

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