We had the good fortune of connecting with Belle Adams and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Belle, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
From my point of view: Check in with you. If it excites you, fulfills you, challenges you to grow, makes you feel connected to yourself and others, lights you up — Keep going.
If it makes you doubt yourself, drains you, pushes your boundaries, doesn’t respect your values, damages your sense of self — get out of there or reevaluate the approach.
It is hard, but it is worth it – unless it isn’t.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

Oh boy, there’s a lot to say, but here goes my attempt at brevity! I’m an artist who acts, writes, paints, composes/writes music, does some filmmaking, and dabbles in voiceover. I’ve primarily pursued acting and veer towards comedy. I’ve got a quirk factor, I’m into abstract and surreal art, and… you may have seen me on the side of a bus if you live in LA or NY.
So many things excite me — like little neon price stickers and browsing facebook marketplace — but lately a feature film I was in got distribution on is available for streaming! It’s called This World Alone and is a post-apocalyptic drama. I also recur in season 2 of ABC’s Bless This Mess as a long-haired teen odd-ball called Janine — a role I am particularly proud of. Lastly, I’m working on a film of my own, but can’t disclose much about it just yet. It’s in early stages.

I am where I am today due to a combo of privilege, hard work, some lucky breaks, and many many great people. I started off in Marietta, Georgia leaving it all on the stage in an underfunded high school theatre program, did a bit of film work in Atlanta, got a BA in theatre performance, moved to LA and started doing improv comedy right away. After that it was lots of trial and error — seriously bad auditions, good auditions, great auditions, booking roles, meeting people who introduced me to other people who gave me an opportunity, and so on.

It was not always easy, but it was pretty much always fun! Most of the challenges I’ve come up against have felt par for the course. Dry seasons are p a i n f u l but they teach you to trust the process. Fear, doubt, personal tragedies and mental health try to sink the ship, but a good community, supportive friends and water wings have kept me afloat.

I’ve learned to relax and trust, to set boundaries, and to stop when it isn’t fun anymore. I guess I want the world to know that my story is just getting started. Stay tuned.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?

Oooohhh very fun Q. I’ll bullet this one:

– see the dolphins at Point Doom 
– see a show every night of the weekend at Impro Theatre — they perform narrative improv and there’s nothing else like the way they do it.
– walk to my local CVS, then to Guisados, then to Salt and Straw, then to Beverly Hills park to eat tacos and ice cream and smell our new hand soap.
– do a night out to The Naughty Pig for a sour beer and fries with curry ketchup
– take a hike — there are many but I like walking up and down the secret stairs
– sit in bumper to bumper traffic on the 405
– browse Artists and Craftsman Supply, Downtown
– ramen in Little Tokyo
– park illegally and contest the ticket
– sit on all the cool chairs at Westfield Mall Century City
– drop off some goods at an LA Community Fridge: https://community-fridge.bubbleapps.io/
– dinner at Pace Joint
– Clown Zoo — clowns perform every Wednesday at 12:30 in Griffith Park
– become a celebrity then have a falling out with the industry after our scandal hits the cover of People

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh my my. So many people come to mind. My partner Eric is a VERY big deal to me and is endlessly supportive of me doing me.
I have the best Ma and Da around.
My brothers Willy and Ryan are truly authentic people and inspirations to me in ways they will never understand.
Adrian Alita – a very influential college professor.
Craig Wallace – a very empowering acting coach (in LA! check him out.)
My bests of pals – Bailey, Karl, Devon, Jewell, and the Holligans back home in Georgia.
The community at Impro Theatre.
My improv group Chased By Bear.
Every trans person alive.

Website: belleadams.net

Instagram: @baaaadams and @ruthglues

Twitter: @baaaadams

Other: imdb.me/belleadams

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