We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandon Souza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brandon, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
To get right to the truth of the matter, I have an overwhelming desperation to make people smile. Probably dipping into if not already and obsession. At my job it is my goal to make everyone laugh. Even in job interviews, if I fail to make the interviewer laugh, I have to seriously consider if I want to take that job.
The emotional reasoning for wanting to become an actor takes us back to my first play ever in middle school. I have a deep memory of opening night of that first show, I have another memory of getting mad at the middle school wrestlers because they got to use the stage and we had to rehearse in a classroom, but in getting sidetracked. On opening night I remember a few things:
1. The looks on my castmates’ faces during the finale.
2. The looks on the faces of the parents and audience members (mostly parents)
3. I can’t sing.
After we finished that number and I saw those faces, I knew that becoming an actor was THE thing I needed to do. So goodbye paleontology and hello Hollywood!
That choice back then has informed and inspired every choice I’ve made in my life up to this very moment.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an actor, writer, improviser. and what sets me apart is me. Nobody can do what I do because I put myself fully into it. I think that’s true for every creative out there. There’s a quote that I love, and can’t remember the speaker of the quote, but it goes as follows, “The words have all been said before. Just not by you.”
It has not been a particularly easy road to get where I am today. I often think about what 15 year old Brandon would say if I met him, and I think he’d be pretty impressed. I have much further to go, but i have come along way, and not alone mind you. I have countless people I could thank, people who have had an impact on my life whether they know it or not.
Somebody once told me that it would be so cool to feel like you belonged wherever you were. I think that takes a certain amount of self confidence and honesty. That’s hard. I’m working on that, but everyday provides new opportunity. That being said, I happen to be writing this on a good day, There are difficult days as well and I hate them. I wish nobody had to go through them, but if you never felt the hard stuff, you’d never know what the good stuff feels like.
I want the world to smile and I will be part of the reason that happens.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love love love love love, (do you get it yet?) LOVE, the Hollywood Reservoir, it’s a great place to go for a walk, there’s always parking and you can get some great shots of the Hollywood sign minus all the tourists.
Foreman’s, bar in wither North Hollywood or Toluca lake is a good ole whiskey bar that makes me feel like i’m back in Colorado, good vibes, good food, great drinks.
Then just go to a beach, Will Rogers is one of the few I’ve been to, but the ocean in general is a positive place for me.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Man, this feels like the oscar speech I give in the shower.
Firstly and most importantly, I want to give the hugest, biggest, most largest, shoutout to my wonderful mother, Vicki! She has been there. That word carries so much more than it can hold, there. She, been there. I don’t know how else to say it. I love her! She’s a huge reason as to why I’m here, thought i know she wished me back home. Christmas is coming soon Ma!
Secondly, I want to shout out TJ. He is a reliably person and probably the most intelligent and humble person I have met. He inspires me creatively, emotionally, and humanely. (I don’t think that’s correct, but he makes me a better person). If we didn’t meet up every week or so, I’m sure I’d go mad, or just be stoned and sad.
Thirdly, I’d like to mention Rand Harmon, excuse me, Dr. Rand Harmon! He was a huge reason as to why I did not drop out of college and has taught me some of the most valuable lessons i have learned. If he ever reads this I know he’ll hate that I mentioned him, but he was and is an absolute mentor to me artistically and spiritually!
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