Today we’d like to introduce you to Patrice Driver.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have multiple businesses, but let’s start with I started out an actor in Chicago, Illinois moved to Los Angeles where I received a Masters in Acting for Film. However, while being an actor I seemed to always coach and prepare other actors for their career. Getting them started in the business to getting them signed with top agencies and management companies in Los Angeles was just the small of it. I found my purpose in life, which involved me in helping others reach their dreams. Helping others reach their dreams and goals helped me reach my own dreams and goals. Years later with much acting training, videography training and production training I decided that what I do out of the kindness of my heart, I could turn into a business (with much motivation from loved ones). I began actively training actors the craft and helping them book roles for commercials and tv shows. I also most importantly help produce their ‘Acting Package.’ The acting package consists of their resume, headshot (with the help of renown photographers), slate, voiceover reel, theatrical & comedy reel and coaching on auditions. Actors also have access to ‘sides’ on our website to study their craft. How I came up with the name of my business is funny; well I asked my six years old daughter.
Which brings me to my next business; I am a children’s author; I write children’s books. I write Black children’s books. I wrote my first book in 6th grade about a big red cat titled “Big Red.” My school was no ordinary school, ‘so I hear,’ since this was an assignment in our reading class where they actually published the books we wrote. This experience sparked the author in me later in life after talking to my daughter about searching and buying Black kid’s books to encourage her that her hair was beautiful in afro puffs. Her mother and I purchased books like ‘I Am Enough, Little Leaders- Bold Women in Black History and I Love My Hair.’ After reading these books with my six years old I became inspired to write a book series starring my daughter titled ‘Leah’s Melanated Book of Adventures.’ You guys are the first to know because I have not yet published the series so shhhh, coming soon.
Last but not least, on my “I’m going to open a million and one business in 2020,” list is a vegan restaurant. Yes, I can cook. I come from a family that was chefs in their younger days. My grandma, the chef of all chef’s was a caterer for 30 years. I think of it as since my mom ate her cooking and learned from her, I’ve been eating good since the womb, so my palate is very well versed and trained. Lunar Vegan is currently participating in street fairs and vegan markets until we have a storefront. Lunar Vegan is a restaurant for those that are trying to transition all the way to my veteran vegans. No one can tell the difference, it’s so similar to the real thing my grandmother couldn’t tell the difference from my vegan burger and a real beef burger.
Thank you so much for being interested in me and my life. I plan to make seven streams of income and become a billionaire, so don’t be surprised if you see me opening a gym or grocery store in your neighborhood. The sky’s the limit. Check me out on all platforms.
Personal – @tricebetrippin
Acting Studio – @theactorsplayroom
Restaurant – @lunarvegan
Book Series – @leahsmelanatedbookofadventures
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Obstacles and challenges are the reason I am so passionate and always striving. I know what it feels like to work hard for my accomplishments even when it may seem to fall apart (that gives me that much more appreciation). Finances has been a struggle, COVID-19, family and self-doubt were all things that made my road a little bumpy. But you guys know what they say, “you know you’re headed in the right direction and obstacles are constantly getting in your lane.”
So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Actors Playroom – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
The Actors Playroom is a Black-owned, fast-growing, newly developed production studio for actors. We strive to produce high-quality videos at an affordable price. The Actors Playroom is very COVID sensitive and takes safety precautions and extreme measures to ensure the safety of our clients and partners. Equipment is sanitized everyday before and after use of every client. We strive to grow the client’s skills and marketing packages. I’m most proud of my clients walking away feeling more confident and if they book the role that’s a bonus. What sets me apart is that The Actors Playroom is the most affordable company out there that provides the services we provide, which is why we are always booked.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
In the future The Actors Playroom is definitely going to be moving into a bigger studio. I’m most excited about training more coaches, videographers, editors and receptionists to hire (all staff is considered apart of a family).
- Audition Self Tapes- $40/hr
- Demo Reel (Comedy, Theatrical, Skill set, voiceover) 3 scenes- $250
- Acting Coaching- $50/hr
- Actors Access Slate- $10/slate
- Address: 701 N Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
- Website: www.theactorsplayroom.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/theactorsplayroom
Courtney A. Lee, Patrice Driver