Today we’d like to introduce you to Bria Blyther.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Bria. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My journey began when I was young, as early as three years old. I always loved movies, but even more than that, I loved reenacting all the tv shows and movies I watched. Especially the dramatic scenes. As an only child, this was comforting and entertaining to me. However, I didn’t know I wanted to be an actress until I got a little older.
When I was young, I didn’t realize that acting was an actual job, one that you would get paid for. I just knew I loved it. Right before my freshman year in high school, I was asked what did I want to do… be… as an adult. I immediately answered, acting. To me, there was no other option, no other choice.
Has it been a smooth road?
The acting industry is a tough field to break into. So, yes, it has been challenging. Once I made the decision to be an actress, my goal was to be my absolute best. My personal acting idols (Denzel, Viola and Angela) were all trained actors. I followed that format and attended a performing arts school. I attended AMDA (American Musical Dramatic Academy). Prior to attending AMDA, I had no formal training or experience. The first day of class, I knew I had my work cut out for me. Every, and I do mean every other student on campus, had some form of experience (even if it was just high school plays – I didn’t even have that). The first semester was extremely difficult for me. I had the desire, the love of art and the natural talent (as was told to me by a teacher or two). But my lack of experience, knowledge of the process, terminology and procedures affected my confidence.
During our semester break, I went home quite discouraged. My mother asked me if I had changed my mind about acting. I thought about it and immediately knew, there is no Plan B for me. I cannot see myself doing anything else. So as usual I was going to have to go harder than everyone else. I returned the second semester focused and determined. The other students may have had more experience than I did, but they would not outwork me. I finished school and was signed to a manger and commercial agent.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Bria B is my business, my brand. My goal is to continue to be a working actress. To grow in my field and to use that platform to create movies that will speak to the silent voices. To encourage the kids who were bullied by other kids and were never considered by adults. Art imitates life. Sometimes the first step to getting something done is seeing that it can be done. So, if my story can encourage that young person, that feels invisible right now, to go out and fight for that thing they have been dreaming about, that will be my proudest moment. I have always been the underdog. This, I believe sets me apart from many. But that’s okay because I truly believe that what belongs to me will always find it’s way to me.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Within the next 5-10 years, I see myself waking up each morning doing what I love, all while keeping my intentions true. Hopefully within that time frame, diversity will be considered the norm. And every voice will be heard. Especially that of young black women, who have oftentimes been overlooked or unjustly stereotyped. Confidently our generation should be able to keep pushing forward. Building a solid foundation of positive art and creativity in an industry that has the ability to influence the world.
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