We had the good fortune of connecting with Brea Holmes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brea, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I’m originally from St. Louis, Missouri. I feel like my back ground definitely impacted what I do now. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old, so I was always around costumes. Originally my thought process was that “Oh, these costumes are pretty.” to “How is this made? What does this color mean? etc.” Plus, my Grandmother always would give me old movies to watch as well. The King & I was the movie, that according to my mom, I asked her, “Can I make money doing this?”.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I like trying new things and learning. Costume Design I can say gives me that challenge, because every project is different. What sets me a part from others is that I like to be the “jack-of-all-trades” aka I want to touch every possible medium that I might be exposed to as a designer. Thus, I have done music videos, short films, commercials, features, tv shows, print, promos and theater. I’m proud of how far I have come in the past 5-6 years to the point that I am officially a Costume Designer’s Guild member. It hasn’t been easy, I have dealt with a lot of hardship to get to where I am. I’m grateful that God has put me in places that I haven’t thought that I would be in, and everything that I have been through has brought me here. One of the main lessons that I learned is that everything happens for a reason, I’ve always known that growing up. However, in my career, everything that I have done and experienced has come in handy for where I am today. I want people to know that I am versatile and very adaptable. I love to do new things and play when it comes to my work as well.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to Koreatown and Little Tokyo. I spent a lot of my college years down there. I love the food, shops and all the things those two places offer. A lot of the places I used to go to have closed down, but when I do go down there I still find awesome places. Burbank is another college stomping ground that I still go down there from time to time. Simply Coffee is MY SPOT. I love how homey it feels every time I go, and the owners are always accommodating. Lastly, I love going to Old Town Orange by Chapman. I love the vintage shops and cafes there. My favorite vintage place to go to it Deelux….I get in trouble every time I go there.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would have to say that I would have to give most of my credit to my mother. She has given me so many tools to make it in my business, because of her HR background. Learning how to network, write a resume, and everything that is needed to get my self out there–I get it from her.
1) Futuristic Military in “Beyond The Veil” short film (Costume Designer) 2) Creature Feature Horror Film, ” Hunter’s Moon (Costume Designer) 3) Danna Paola’s “Mala Fama” Music Video (Costume Designer for Dancers and Models) 4) Young Paris and Tiwa Savage “Best of Me Remix” Music Video (Costume Designer for Dancers and Models) 5) Nova Vita Television Series (Costume Designer) 6)LoverGirl Short Film (Costume Designer) 7) Snatched Beauty (TNT Claws Facebook Series) (Costume Designer ep. 1-6) 8) Mid City Blue Short Film (Costume Designer)