We had the good fortune of connecting with Bridget McManus and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bridget, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
I want to own a production company through which I’m able to perform in, write for, produce and fund as many female and queer artists’ projects as I possibly can. I love collaborating with other creators and want to support and bring their passion projects to life. I also want the freedom to bring my own projects to fruition, and tell the types of stories that matter to me. And if I end up with my own action figure, she’d better come with leg warmers because my ankles are always cold!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’d describe my style as random. Weird things make me laugh and I enjoy working with props, especially props that I craft. I have a DIY attitude and I prefer to be self-sufficient whenever possible. In production, I have worked as a set designer, a scenic artist, a wardrobe supervisor, an editor, a camera operator, a director, a writer, a producer, and, of course, an actor. When I first moved to Los Angeles, I worked in reality TV, then transitioned to commercial production, then film production and had a role in a big budget feature film. While working on those different day jobs, I would perform at night in LA comedy clubs. The day after the premiere of that first feature film, I was able to quit my production job and work full-time as a performer. I experienced a lot of sexism, especially in the stand-up world, and I’m proud of myself for not quitting. I think it’s important to stay true to yourself and be authentic in your art and not be discouraged if people don’t get you. Not everyone will, and that’s okay. Oh and I can do a mean split!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you want a nature adventure I recommend hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains. For the best Italian food and gelato head to Angelini on Beverly. For margarita lovers, there is no better place than Petty Cash but I prefer the bean and cheese burritos at El Compadre on Sunset in West Hollywood. On a Friday night we’d have to go to the Arclight Dome. There is nothing like seeing a movie on an 86 foot wide screen with 800 other people on opening night. If you’re into vegan cuisine check out Vinh Loi Tofu, Yogaurt, Sage Bistro and Pura Vita. My wife loves their tagliatelle alla bolognese. If you love browsing in a book store like I do, then you need to stop by Book Soup on Sunset Blvd. And for those special (and non-special) occasions I highly recommend shopping at Weiss Jewelry in the Farmer’s Market at the Grove. Tell Daniel and Sara that Bridget sent you. 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?
I am grateful to Sarah Warn for hiring me for my first online series, Brunch with Bridget. Jeff Probst gets credit for hiring me for my first warm-up gig, and I need to give a shout out to Queen Latifah for giving me my first big break on television. Working on her talk show taught me that you can be a good person, support other artists and thrive. I also want to give a shout out to my parents for supporting my aspirations as an artist and helping me get a great performing arts education. Finally, I appreciate my wife, Karman Kregloe, for coming to all of my shows and always laughing the loudest.
Photo # 1 by Karman Kregloe Photo # 2 by Ashley Walters