Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Barry.
Chris, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in Somerville, MA. Before it made travel guide lists as a “hip” city…. It was actually a pretty modest place to grow up. And I grew up playing tag and stick-ball on its streets, cutting through neighbors yards, and jumping off garages…. all of which led to lots of emergency room visits and broken bones. I had a cast on a leg or an arm pretty much all through middle school… along with a Boston Red Sox cap on my head and a big, happy smile on my face 😉
Though I had a very happy, albeit injury-prone childhood, for some reason I always wanted to experience life outside of Somerville… I wanted to go to high school in Cambridge with my friends, but my family didn’t have the money. So my mom pitched me to the school as “gifted” and they bought it (thankfully!), and let me attend on a mix of scholarship and janitorial work. I learned a lot from my mom’s hutzpah! And I continued to be fortunate that way and went on to study at Tufts (where incidentally I had often been apprehended by campus police as a kid, for trespassing…), then LSE, and UPENN. That all led to a 20 year corporate career that gave me a platform to achieve some things I thought I needed to…
I started taking acting classes as a creative outlet in 2015. I met incredible, generous people who helped me find, discover, and rediscover myself. And I’ve never looked back. I’ve been lucky enough to work with people I consider close friends, teachers, mentors. And I feel like I’ve finally found my purpose. Like all those life experiences and broken bones led me right to where I belong.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I don’t think there’s growth without challenge. I’m grateful for the challenges I’ve faced and for the people who taught me to believe in myself. I learned early that it takes work and focus and discipline to get where I want.
I think one of my biggest obstacles was frankly breaking free of the need for others validation. Growing up dependent on the generosity and kindness of others, and gay, made me ferociously hungry for others’ acceptance and approval. It took me a long time to trust that I’m enough. Now I’m just grateful to be building a life that’s got meaning to me.
Please tell us about your art.
I’ve gotten to work on some great projects so far. Honestly, I think if you surround yourself with good people, good things happen! I’m especially grateful for the work I’ve done with Writer/Director Danny Turkiewicz and his incredible team at Sorrento Productions. Together, we’ve made three smart and awesomely quirky little films. And put in motion a creative collaboration that has been lifting us all up.
I’m grateful that I’ve begun to build a network of people in LA and increasingly NY that I trust, admire and love – to surround myself with, to collaborate with, to cheer and support one another.
My goal right now is to become a full-fledged professional working actor. I’d love to build on my film and commercial work and break into TV. There are so many great shows right now and it would just be incredible to live in some of those worlds…. Succession or The Politician or one of the iconic procedurals or… ?? I’m so excited to sink my teeth into something juicy!
Thankfully, I’ve got a great management team here in LA and NY; Susan Ferris and Naomi Kolstein at Bohemia Group. And grateful for BBR commercially. And Andreadis Talent Agency in NY.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
So many people. Elaine Williams at Baron Brown Studio. Ivana Chubbuck. Tom O’Brien. Judy Bouley. I mentioned my managers and agents. Danny Turkiewicz and Sorrento for giving me great material on the regular and friendship. Tajna at garage26la for my theatrical headshots and her friendship and support. To the most resilient and uplifting of my fellow actors and friends. Especially two who nominated me here, Dorèe Seay and Tyeasha Harris. And two I nominate, in turn, Amy Argyle and Marianne Bourg. And, thank you for this opportunity to share my journey so far, VoyageLA. Onward! Right?! 😉
- Website: www.imdb.me/chrisbarry
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