Today we’d like to introduce you to Haley Brach.
Haley, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As long as I can remember, my whole life had always been planned out for me. I was a straight A student and three-sport athlete with dreams of attending college and obtaining a business degree. I even received a scholarship to the highest-ranked international business program in the country. All of my plans came crashing down after my fourth concussion which led to a seizure and months of medication that made me feel like a zombie. Finally, when I was starting to feel like my normal self, I decided it was time to get back in the game. I couldn’t play sports anymore so I took my competitive edge to something completely safe, beauty pageants! I held various state and national titles and traveled around the country to compete.
At one of my pageants, three different people approached me and asked if I was an actor. When I said no, they seemed surprised. Every one of them said, “you should definitely look into it, your energy on stage, in front of an audience, is so captivating.” The next day, I made a plan, and six months later I moved from a very small town in Michigan to Los Angeles. This was a huge step, as I moved by myself when I was 19 years old. Now, two years later, I am signed with an acting agency, going on auditions, taking acting classes, modeling, and I even signed with a producer and released my first single.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Is achieving your goal ever a smooth road? If anyone says yes, please send them my way because I must be doing this all wrong. But in all seriousness, my journey from where I started to where I am now has not been a smooth road. However, it has been the most exhausting, beautiful, exciting, crazy, and most terrifying time of my life. When I first moved to Los Angeles, I did not know a single person or anything about the acting industry. It’s a good thing that I’m a quick learner. I found three acting coaches and started studying with them everyday. I even met my best friend in one of my classes, and today we are signed together with a music producer. Once I built up the necessary skills and confidence, I got signed to my first ever agency and went on my first audition. I had to push through the constant worries of not being good enough, skinny enough, or pretty enough. However, I learned to love who I am and I am more confident than ever. The one piece of advice I would give to anyone looking to get into the entertainment industry is this: never forget who you truly are and surround yourself with only those people who truly have your back. If you are confident in yourself and have people who love you, you can never lose.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
In the entertainment industry, your business is yourself. So, hello, I’m Haley! I am an actress signed with ASAP Talent Agency. I’m also a model but am not currently signed with an agency. And most recently, my best friend and I have signed with Drew Right Music Inc. under the name SNP, and have just released our first single. The thing I am most proud of is how hard I have worked to get where I am today. As well as how I have not lost sight of who I am as a person in an industry full of people that are constantly trying to change you. I will constantly stay true to myself and never stop working to achieve my dreams.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Everyone has their own definition of success. To some, success means money, fame, or fans. Personally, I feel successful every time I accomplish one of my goals, no matter how big or small. I also feel that a person’s success depends on how many people you can impact in a positive way. As an actor, model, and artist, my goal is to inspire others. If just one little girl sees me, hears my story, and gets inspired to follow her dreams, that is enough for me. One thing I learned at a young age is that success means nothing if you do not have people you love to share it with. That is a lesson that will always stick with me no matter what happens in this life. I am dedicated to my career and I have the people I love with me every step of the way, so I already feel successful.
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