We had the good fortune of connecting with Austin Brook and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Austin, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
As an actor and writer, the end of my career is an interesting topic, simply because the hope is to never stop creating meaningful content. With that said, all things must end eventually, so I believe what we’re really after here is what I will constitute as success. Of course, one can focus on the caliber and mastery of a craft, and it would be silly not to continually strive to produce better work. Though that does apply to my efforts, my goal is to finish my career having created a shelter, a safe space within different stories, which inspire dreams and make the normalcy of daily life richer to the imagination of possibility for others, and ultimately, allowing someone to leave this world and enter another.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The journey for a career in acting and writing is daunting to say the least. Rejection becomes a standard. I have found it to amplify an invisible monster that must be overcome within, a loud voice that continually expresses that I should quit and that I’m not good enough. It is in every artist’s journey to understand that this voice a test. Will it speak into my mind and end my path there, or will I decide to learn from it, taking rejection as a steppingstone? If not this project, then the next. Each time I chose to move forward, and each time I kept an open mind to what lessons are in store, the more freeing my art has become as an expression of self rather than what that little voice tells me I’m worth.
Though I’m a rather cheerful person, I tend to book acting roles as the bad guy or write stories with dark antagonists or themes. I find that shadows in any tale only enhance the understanding of the light shining from the other side.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Los Angeles is a thriving city, full of gems that are ready to be uncovered. If you want to come out, we’d probably catch up at the Republic of Pie or the Bourgeois Pig over some coffee or tea. If you wanted to be active, we could go to Jam’s open gym to do some tricking or parkour, hike El Scorpio or the Rainforest Trail, or walk up one of Malibu’s beaches. For some culture, we could hit a pop-up art exhibit, go to the Huntington, or see a show at the Pantages. Don’t get me started on all of the amazing food in LA, but as far as personal favorites, we’d have to make sure we stopped at Dave’s Hot Chicken, any of the restaurants in Little Tokyo, and the Magic Castle (also for the ambiance and shows).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Without a doubt, when it comes to accomplishing anything, it takes a tribe of people and other’s experiences to propel one forward into his or her dreams. My wife, Rachel Brook, is a powerhouse in forward motion, support, and never saying something is too hard or too difficult. My parents, Gary and Jeanette Brook, are the foundation for my imagination and providing continued hope for what I will work on next. I also want to shoutout to Paulo Coelho for writing The Pilgrimage and The Alchemist, which for those who have also read, understand the importance of finding your sword and following your personal legend.