We had the good fortune of connecting with Brent Harvey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brent, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Our belief is, the more people you help become successful the more successful you become and in turn, change the world. It’s that simple.
So we made it our mission to training and educating actors in the craft, and also teach them how to become Self-Sustaining Actors, so they are able to create their own success and opportunities without having to rely on gatekeepers, luck, or the powers that be to give them their opportunity to shine.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The focus on the content I create has changed over time, for better or for worst, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is that I am always trying new things, experimenting, and challenging myself. When someone says, “it can’t be done.” I get inspired to prove that it can be achieved. I create projects and characters that I would like to play or stories I want to see told, whether for laughs or to change the world.
I love collaboration, working with others, and watching an idea change and grow and become something completely different and bigger than it started is exhilarating to me.
I don’t like excuses, even from myself. When someone gives me an excuse I simply say to them, “You can have excuses or you can have a career, but you can’t have both.” and yes I do say that to myself because excuses are simply a lack of accountability and creativity. When we were young children we didn’t make excuses, we wanted something and we were relentless in achieving it.
My journey here hasn’t been easy, but that has mostly been due to my mindset more than anything. I have had a very blessed life, but I will say one thing about me is that I am relentless and I will continue learning, growing, and trying new things until I overcome whatever obstacle is holding me back, including myself.
The reason A Whole Productions was started is because I had a very difficult time when I first moved to Los Angeles. No one wanted to share information with other actors. The mentality was, “I had to learn the hard way and so do you.” I never wanted any other Actor to go through what I went through, years of being lost and confused with no guidance. I also found Acting teachers that help back information from their students by the argument that, “they weren’t ready for it.” So I made it my goal to share all the information I could with any Actor who wanted to learn, in the hope to make their journey much more enjoyable and easier than mine and hopefully get them to success much more quickly.
A Whole started as Actors Whole, meaning A Whole Actor, well rounded in many areas not just in one. However we loved the name A Whole because we wanted to show people that we are sincere, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.
I’ve learned many lessons along the way, but the most life-changing ones are; First, our mindset is the most powerful tool we have, if we want to change our lives we have to change our mindset first. Second, the outcome of our day is based upon what our thoughts about ourselves are prior to sleep. Third, our past doesn’t define us, everyday we get to be the author of our story, play the character we want to be. Lastly, reality is all relative and it’s not as serious as we make it out to be, it’s supposed to be fun, enjoyable, and experienced.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I was to take my best friend around town, and there wasn’t a shutdown, I would take them to breakfast at Beachwood Cafe . A hike up to the Wisdom Tree over to the Hollywood Sign. A drive through Hollywood Blvd, to the Capital Records Building, past the Happy Days House and the House from Thriller to name a few. Lunch at La Pergoletta in Loz Feliz, to the beach to relax for the day. Crossroads Kitchen for dinner and drinks. La Descarga for dancing and drinks. The Record Parlor to dig through vinyl records. The Roosevelt for a pool day and later bowling. Lunch at Tu Madre.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There have been many people who have influenced me along the way, but the one who deserves the most credit would be my partner Joanna Bronson. She has supported me, encouraged me, and exposed me to new ways of thinking, perspectives, and ideologies which have forever changed my life and the way I participate in the world.