Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittney Powell.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born in Germany to an army officer and stay at home mom. The best parents ever, I globe-trotted for a while with my family before I moved on my own to Los Angeles at the age of 19, leaving my family in Texas. Within six months, I started booking work as an actress. I acted in commercials and sitcoms mostly and then started booking feature films. I was fortunate enough to work with some of the top-notch folks in Hollywood. Rob Bowman, of X-Files fame, directed me in Icon Pictures’ first feature film, Airborne. Tom Hanks directed me in his directorial debut, That Thing You Do and that got the ball rolling. Years of earning my income as an actress led me to want to write my own material just as online programming started to become popular and accessible. This allowed me to expand and explore the types of characters and situations that made me laugh, such as the internet series RomCom, Invention, Safety Geeks and others. One day while laughing about situations that were not necessarily funny… like murder… my partner, Tom Konkle, and I decided to turn it into a film noir drama… that’s funny. The film, Trouble Is My Business, was produced and released in 2018. Out of this experience, Tom and I have gone into creating a slate of films we are doing together. My almost 30 years of experience in front of the camera has been invaluable to the work I do on set as a producer. My vision for my future creatively is to have several features out where I am the driving force behind the characters I portray as well as the films coming to fruition. Cheers.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I’m an actress in Hollywood! Soooooo yeah… every day is a challenge. Oh yeah… all while I was being a single mom. Luckily, this is the life I know and love, and I’m a little bit twisted, so I tend to wake up and find the humor in whatever the new day holds.
One challenge included in this is that now since I am making movies, reaching out to larger areas of the film making community in order to find resources has been eye-opening and a learning curve I wasn’t expecting.
Because I have been blessed with such a long career, I find myself in a time that has never been better for a woman in the entertainment industry. While the obstacles and challenges remain, I find that I am wiser and emboldened by my experiences.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Right now, I’m working with Tom Konkle in his full-fledged production company, Lumen Actus. Lumen Actus started because we wanted to combine visual effects and story telling into one vertically integrated company, and who better to do this than a couple of goofy comedic actors. What I am most proud of about this company is that we took our ball started rolling with it. (Wait, is the visual in your head at that sentence the same as mine right now?) We are now on track to head to Australia to make more movie magic with a lot of our same team from Trouble Is My Business. So, I suppose what I am MORE most proud of that we have a team of amazing professionals that want to follow us and trust us. Watch Trouble Is My Business on Amazon Prime in black and white now.
What were you like growing up?
Let’s just say my mom is still sane. Bless her heart. Teehee. My dad called me gregarious. My mom called me Britt Brat. They had to keep me in every sport possible just to calm me down. I was a gymnast. I was a volleyball player. I was a basketballer. I ran track. And anytime my family got together with other families for barbecues and such, I was the kid that rounded up all the other kids and made them perform with me for the adults. Usually scripted pieces, but not always. Oh yeah, my teenage jazz team used to perform at the local prisons. I learned to enjoy a captive audience.
- Address: Amsel, Eisenstadt, Frazier and Hinojosa, Inc.
5055 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 865
Los Angeles, CA 90036
- Website: www.TroubleIsMy.biz
- Phone: 323-939-1188