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

Hi Brandon, how do you think about risk?
It’s important that there is a risk-reward analysis beforehand. Taking risks is very important but it’s also important to recognize the potential consequences. I fully believe that risks need to be taken in life in order to accomplish anything great. The way risk has impacted my life is in choosing this career in the entertainment industry and acting. There are very few people that become successful at this but when you love something, you’re willing to take a risk. I’d rather take a risk doing something I love rather than not take the risk and do something “safer”. It’s as simple as a choice you make in an audition, being bold with your creativity and your art and maybe doing something non-traditional within a character to show your abilities. There’s a risk because it could be rejected but sometimes it’s that very risk that gets you noticed and gets you a job.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
No, it was not easy!!! What sets me apart is the same thing that sets any of us apart- our uniqueness and our perspective on the art form. No two people tell the story the same way. That’s the beauty of it. There isn’t a wrong way to do this art form when you’re authentic. The way you overcome challenges is to stay aggressive without obsessing over the importance the present moment as it relates to the idea you have of success in the end, Understand there is more to you than your career. It’s your personal character that is your defining factor. Don’t make the thing you pursue define you. I’ve learned you’re only in control of so much. You have to be okay with working without control over the result. I want people to know that in every character that I play I try to find something in myself in there, learn things about me and how I would navigate in those scenarios. It broadens me to be placed in others’ shoes.

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.
We’d definitely have to go to Catch LA for brunch. They have to see the water so we’ll go to Santa Monica Pier. Hike Griffith Park or Runyon Canyon. Street tacos. See the Lakers, Clippers, or Dodgers. To be real, just eat. There are so many places to eat. Howlin’ Rays. The E.P.L.P. and Perch rooftops. Donut Friend. My personal neighborhood favorite, Highland Cafe.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My wife, Berg Studios, Ammunition Theater Company, Lauren Elsner, my managers Scot Reynolds and David Rudy at Armada Partners.

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Julius White III Chris Wood BN Photography

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