We had the good fortune of connecting with Brenna Daly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brenna, what inspires you?
Inspiration is a shift or change in your perspective of life. On an everyday basis, I feel inspired to be a reflection of the world and all of the people and perspectives we come to encounter. Thriving off of the energies of those around me brings so much joy and happiness. The creativity and passion of others bring me back to being a kid on the playground, ready to jump and swing and dance with everyone around me. Being a witness to life and everything it has to offer is why I strive to be a part of it. It’s intriguing to see resourcefulness, innovativeness, and originality. My true inspiration is drawn from art. I love to create, see others create, and feel uplifted by knowing the world is a place filled with imagination.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
True acting means you take pride in your responsibility as a character whether or not you are portraying fiction. Acting is the embodiment of life itself. Life has thrown so many curveballs at me. Twists and turns on a neverending road to becoming my truest self. I’ve always believed that there was beauty in uniqueness, and uniqueness in everybody. The younger me felt so locked up mentally with directives, rights and wrongs, and guidelines for how to be. College was instrumental in my growth as an actor. Attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts stands out as a key to what unlocked part of my full potential and made me feel the freedom you need to act. It is so important to be in a safe place mentally. To fully convey any message as a character you have to be in a healthy mindset. Meditation played a big part in my growth as well. It gave me the inner peace to be truly present. Showing that you need to take time to find yourself. Letting go of the stimulation and energy that the world has given you and be free. Meditation goes hand-and-hand with acting. As an actor, you need to accept your humanness, your flaws, your raw emotions. You have to own it. Owning it with real feelings, true empathy, and a passion for understanding. My growth as an actor stems from my truth as a person. Surrounding yourself with creativity and admiration for what you love breeds happiness. When I am around other actors or part of a production, I can’t say I’ve ever been a better version of myself. The lessons that were taught to me were through actions. Learning in the present, by surrendering to the moment.
Life should also be fun. We often forget, to keep ourselves mentally healthy we have to have a little fun. My journey has always been that of the “quirky best friend type.” That’s who I am! The silly best friend, the cheerleader, the “always got your back” kind of girl. Life shouldn’t always be taken so seriously. As Ferris Bueller said “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” As a person, I believe life is a celebration. Whereas acting is the celebration of life.
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 am a huge foodie! Specifically, a vegan foodie so let’s just start there. If you can’t eat at veggie-grill every single day like me… then I’d recommend Krimsey’s Modern Cajun in North Hollywood. For a large, versatile menu try out Jinky’s Cafe in Studio City. After a nice brunch, take yourself to Runyon canyon for a solid hike. The view at the top is like no other! Next, do some shopping down in West Hollywood at the Grove. Maybe catch a movie or two? Also, the best nightlife is going to be in West Hollywood. That’s where I recommend finishing your night. If you follow this itinerary you are for sure in for a real LA kind of day.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Hollywood Sunset Meditation, 310-977-1713
Head Shot- Amy Casson