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Meet Belinda Gosbee

Today we’d like to introduce you to Belinda Gosbee.

Belinda, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m an actor, writer, voice-over artist, and producer from Sydney, Australia. For much of my younger years, I had an obsession with film and television, and the plays we’d read out loud in English class.

I grew up obsessed with Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Sound of Music, and Shakespeare (clearly genre wasn’t an issue). But I never actually took any acting classes as a child. My breakthrough into the theatre came as the witch in Sleeping Beauty in grade two (it was pretty epic) and I have recollections of producing a short play in Grade five or six.

Then in grade ten, I co-wrote the High School Musical (I was NOT at all musical) But it wasn’t till I was at university, training as a TV Journalist, that I realized how strongly I wanted to study the theatrical arts. So, I picked up some theatre units and joined the University theatre troupe.

At the time I’d also started studying with a voice teacher as part of my broadcast training and much to my surprise we started working on all manner of plays and prose. It was wonderful! At this time, I got to tread the boards in several university plays, as well as a few drama Eisteddfods where I ended up winning a Shakespearean monologue competition.

So clearly journalism wasn’t winning at all here. After university, I went to Europe for six months but ended up staying two years, and ultimately it was the pull of going to acting school that brought me back home. So I went back to school and did a three-year conservatory program, and from there I never wanted to turn back!

I was pretty lucky to work on some wonderful projects in Sydney across film, tv, commercials, and theatre – which included a dream role as Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible for two seasons. But then I up and moved to Los Angeles almost nine years ago – I can’t believe how fast it’s gone.

I’d always dreamed of working on these incredible American films I’d grown up with, and I just felt like it was now or never to take that chance. So I made the leap.

Has it been a smooth road?
God, no. Not at all!

I think we all want that smooth road to success, but it’s very rare. Living in Los Angeles as an artist certainly has its struggles. But I do feel like I’m constantly being pushed to better myself. What do they say about diamonds becoming polished under pressure? It’s true! Without some challenge, I think that we can limit our creativity.

Challenge forces us to think outside the box, though, yes, deep down I would absolutely love a few less challenges sometimes. Ironically, living here with challenge has helped me to find the writer within myself again — the one I buried to become an actor. And yet, together they give me the power to create amazing stories with characters that I want to play.

I think one of my biggest struggles has been accepting that we all have our own unique journey. No acting book, or class, or teacher, has the road map for you (even if they say they do). Because what works for one person simply doesn’t work for the next. It’s a weird mix of luck and opportunity, and it’s not a tangible ladder like medicine or law.

In accepting that the journey is uniquely yours, you accept that you must make your own luck and focus on what you can control. Then, give your everything. And, some of my greatest breakthroughs in LA have certainly come through my own connections.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I love the collaborative nature of storytelling, and it’s cool to see how my business these days really does encompass a span of creative ways in which I can collaborate – whether that’s as an actor, as a voice-over artist, or through my writing, script coverage, or producing.

One of my proudest moments in LA was collaborating to bring to life one of my favorite plays (Lee Blessing’s Two Rooms). It was my first time producing (which was scary), but I just had to tell this story. So I brought together an incredible director I knew and several talented actor friends, and I got to cast myself in this dream role. And it couldn’t have gone better.

We had amazing reviews and full houses, and just to know that I made it all come together was the greatest part but it works both ways. I unexpectedly fell into a hit horror series due to a collaboration with an amazing director friend, and what started as just a fun weekend in a bathroom with a total cast/crew of just three, ended up becoming one of Crypt TV’s most successful series (The Look-See.)

I’m a huge Arthur Miller fan, and a quote of his that has always stuck with me is: “I think the job of the artist is to remind people of what they have chosen to forget.” I can’t think of a better way, to sum up, what I truly want to do as an artist. These are the stories that call to me, that come out of me, that I yearn to tell. It’s so important for me to tell stories for those who – for one reason or another – are unable to themselves.

To try to get people to see the world in a different way… to not look away. I currently have a script in pre-production that deals with the aftermath of gun violence, which is one particular issue that I’m very passionate about.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
There’s no denying that Los Angeles is absolutely the mecca of the entertainment industry and it really does have everything you could possibly need as a filmmaker. It’s basically one big, fully staffed film set. If you’re just starting out, I think it’s definitely important to get some experience in your own neck of the woods first. But please don’t ever let anyone tell you NOT to come here until you’re successful. I find that so elitist!

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Image Credit:
Dana Patrick, Lauri Levenfeld, Crypt TV

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1 Comment

  1. MegsyC

    March 7, 2019 at 03:29

    Great article!! What a lovely story of someone being so passionate and driven to follow their dreams. It’s inspiring!!

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