We had the good fortune of connecting with Bekka Prewitt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bekka, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Fear is the common denominator most humans battle. Many of us don’t even recognize it’s ugly face. But it’s what keep us stagnant… bored… and very commonly, unhappy. Trepidation keeps us in a job we hate because we have insurance there and that seems wise. So we push off our dreams, ignore our heart’s cry, no matter how loud it wails within us. We stuff it down, calling it impractical. Often because we are afraid of the challenge it brings. Dread of failure… worry about finances… if we take that uneasy leap. It often stems from fear of the unknown. Many of us like everything planned & accounted for, in its place. This is how we achieve comfort. And let’s face it, comfort is nice. But it’s not how we achieve growth… or fulfillment. (Notice I didn’t necessarily say “success” here because that can be defined so many ways… including growth & fulfillment, not just financial gain or notoriety.) But my greater fear is not the unknown. It’s squandering the life God has given me. And THAT is the reason I do what I do. I’m an actor – VO actor – Performance Capture / Mocap Actor – Model – Host. As a creative, I never know what my next job will be or what income it will bring. I don’t know how long between bookings I’ll go or how many auditions I’ll be doing before I get there. I don’t have a regular pay check. I often have to find my own health & dental insurance. My bills are my own. No husband, partner or roommate support. But I trust. I know there will be highs & lows. It’s never been easy. But I believe my passions and talents were put inside me for a reason. I will do my best (despite my human error which of course occurs 🙂 to do something with those blessings… those gifts. I will do my best to use them to help, bless, encourage, challenge & move others. I won’t throw them away, at least not knowingly. I have faith in doing this, God will provide for my needs. So I go… in faith. And He has always done so in the decades I’ve been performing. Day by day. I met someone recently who chastised an IG post I made about love. He had said it wasn’t worth the risk. Living life without love… without following our passions & talents… well, I’d argue, it’s not really living at all.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Okay, I’ll be honest. Talking about myself is one of my least favorite things. 😛 Just feels super awkward, to me at least. Since you ask me what sets me apart from others, I’ll try to answer briefly… but to ease the discomfort, below are some testimonials from previous clients. As a performer, I am described as a fiery, feisty lass, who will challenge you, yet leave you desiring more! I’d like to believe that’s true of me in real life too… at least I hope! 😉 I feel I have really strong instincts, dramatic emotional range & great comedic timing.. My guest star & co-star TV credits include shows like Nashville, Amazon’s Impress Me, General Hospital, etc. I’ve acted in leading roles in numerous award-winning films, including a Mediterranean Cannes film winner, etc. My favorite forms of acting is film, TV, animation & video games (both voiceover & performance capture.) Why film & TV? Because I truly adore capturing the heart & soul of a character, bringing her to life … & her journey… in a natural, grounded, compelling & intriguing way. And hopefully in the process, her story reaches the audience in a manner that either touches them, inspires them, challenges them, encourages them, enlightens them, brightens them, or in some way moves them on an emotional or mental level… so that the person watching, walks away… a little bit differently than before they sat down in front of the screen. My favorite roles to play are complex, multi-facted, MYSTERIOUS women. I often get cast as rogue agents & assassins … to ethereal roles (ala LOTR)… to period pieces… to that sweet, lovable comedic girl who’s just a little bit crazy … to the person with a real mental disorder. **Fantasy and Sci-Fi are my dream role genres.** Why animation & video games? Because dang it, they’re just so much frakin’ fun! To use only your voice to create a character is sheer joy & playtime. And frankly, playing villains in particular comes naturally. Hmm… let’s not try to figure out what that says about me. 😉 As for what I’m most excited about currently… well it’s top secret right now… but is coming out soon! Here are what my employers have said about me as an actor: TESTIMONIALS “Working on your scenes. Amazing. You are going to steal the show, Bekka. I am comfortable going on record that you’re my favorite character. You were the most prepared actor on our cast and it showed up on screen in the little subtle things that added so much to your character.” -Brad Wise, Director / Writer “A Strange Brand of Happy” with Academy Award winner Shirley Jones “I’ve worked with Bekka on several projects and she has always been a dream to work with. She is a consummate actor, who has an innate ability to find the soul of her character. She also has extensive knowledge of the production process that is a great benefit on any set.” -D. Magnafichi, Producer/Director/Editor “Bekka, you did fantastic work the other day on the new series. The girls of the world are going to go crazy when the show (top secret!! Shh!) arrives later this year and they fall in love with your character.” -Audu Paden, Emmy Award Winning Animator “Ever After High” (Bekka voices “Kitty Cheshire”) “You were a pleasure to work with. I was amazed at how well you were able to turn my sometimes vague cues into very refined actions, which were flawlessly repeated take after take.” -Ryan Staake, Director “You were better than we could ever have hoped for Bekka.” -Jeff Thieme, Development Executive B17 Entertainment “You were phenomenal! The clients fell in love with you Bekka!” -David Tanenbaum, President Barrington Media
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For those visiting, I love the outdoors, so I’d recommend hiking Wisdom Tree/Hollywood Sign Hike, Runyon Canyon, Griffith or Temescal Canyon of course! Beach Day is necessary. Anywhere along the coast is amazing. I prefer more secluded beaches like El Matador in Malibu. But if you’re a people person, then Venice, Santa Monica Pier are must sees. In between? Then Redondo, Manhattan, Hermosa, etc. I always recommend the WB Tour which is so fun for tourists to see behind the scenes of their fav shows & film and what a Hollywood studio looks like! LACMA, The Getty, so many museums! And food – LA has a plethora of options from upscale to super budget friendly… which is more my style. 😉 Eg. On the Thirty, Double Zero Tocaya Organica, Aroma, Rustic Spoon, Doghaus, The Simple Things Restaurant, The Village, The Six, Granville, Novo, Bea Bea’s, Stout, Umami, Flavor of India, EAT Cafe, Blu Jam Cafe, Ca Del Sole, Sun Cafe, The Crave, Urth Cafe, MidCi… wow, can you tell I love food?
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my mama who, God bless her, is my reader for all my self-tape auditions! Yep, that’s right. Actors desperately look for readers every week throughout the week. Everyone is so busy, it’s difficult to find assistance. But this wonderful woman always makes time for me. She sits on her phone in Ohio & reads those opposite lines as I record here in LA. I’m blessed to be the daughter of Beverly Prewitt, a generous, incredibly loving, and supportive woman! Another shout out to Cress Williams, who was my mentor & acting coach for 6 years here in LA. Cress is a highly successful TV & film actor who selflessly gave some of us a beautiful gift. Weekly we’d meet and work on our craft, also teaching us about the business. I grew exponentially and he gave me the confidence & knowledge that I could hold my own as an actor. And to Harold Hay, the executive producer of a music video show I used to host – The Zone. Harold gave me the opportunity to learn & grown in front of the camera week after week for 8 years. That experience was actually some of my best on-camera training, beyond college theatre, workshops, books, etc. To these three, I’ll forever be grateful.