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Meet Danielle Beckmann

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Beckmann.

Hi Danielle, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’m a multi-faceted artist specializing in acting, writing, producing, and coaching. I grew up in San Diego, and I now live in Los Angeles after having cut my teeth for 13 years in NYC. In New York, I truly did it all: I was in countless Off-Broadway plays, workshops, readings, web series, short films, commercials, musicals and I even had my own podcast (shocker, I know). Then in 2019, I made my first film “Liza Anonymous” and the film bug bit me–so yes, I’m officially addicted to filmmaking, and there is no cure. “Liza Anonymous” premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, and since starring in and producing that, I now have three films in development and I couldn’t be more excited.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
In 2017, I was about ready to give up on my career and dreams. I had been living below the poverty line in New York since 2008, and I wasn’t seeing the professional progress I had hoped for. I was taking all the ‘right’ classes, meeting all the ‘right’ people, performing in indie projects and piecing it all together…and something still wasn’t clicking. I knew I was talented, so that wasn’t the problem–I had enough people around me to tell it to me straight. (A little unsolicited advice: find friends who will love you and be brutally honest with you.) So then, 2020 proved to be a year of revealing what was under the surface for many things. It was a seismic shift for the world. And in that shift, I came to the point where I looked at all my struggles and roadblocks in the way, and I decided to make some radical changes. So, my husband and I got married in June 2020, and then in November 2020 we moved from NYC to LA. And that location change has been one of the best moves of my life.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I always thought I was sort of funny, so as I started getting cast in productions (from the age of six) I leaned into my natural comedic timing. When I moved to NYC, I hung around all the usual places–UCB, the Comedy Cellar, Gotham Comedy Club, Stand Up NY…and in all these places, I worked on my comedy. It’s a true gift, and it has to be stewarded well. My main goal is to make audiences laugh and feel just a sliver more of their humanity through encountering a performance of mine.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
As an actor we are taught to embody characters, we are taught to breathe and feel and express emotions on camera or stage. One main acting lesson we are taught in school is to LISTEN. When we listen, and I mean TRULY listen, we begin to open our minds to possibilities of empathy and love. What makes me happy? When people really listen to one another. With so much division in our world, we need more of this. We must listen to the underprivileged, the marginalized, to the Black community longing to be heard, to the LGBTQIA2SP+, trans and non-binary communities, to the AAPI and Latinx communities. Listen more, speak less, and then speak up for what is right.

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