We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Cox and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I hear this question a lot, especially from people looking to get into the entertainment industry. It’s something I thought about early on in my career but I’ve since learned to reframe it: how to know whether to continue on your path or make a turn. There is so much pressure in starting a creative career; from the constant auditioning or applying for gigs, to learning to grow and improve your craft, to the mental adjustment of being a freelancer. I think the secret to a creative career is there is no end destination. Your journey will constantly evolve. So I don’t feel like it’s a cling to this path and maybe it’ll work out or decide to give up. It’s a journey that will take turns you could never plan for.
When I started off as a theater actor who did the occasional on-camera gig, I was doing ok. I didn’t get cast in everything, but enough to make me feel like I was working. But then I stumbled into my first voice over job. I realized that I found more artistic freedom behind a microphone than in front of an audience or camera. So I made a turn: I didn’t give up acting on stage or camera, but I pivoted to a different creative path I didn’t even know was an option. Things just clicked. That’s not to say it wasn’t a ton of hard work to get to where I am now. There was a few years of being terrible behind the microphone.
Creative careers, whether acting, painting, directing, singing, writing, etc, are a journey. There will be times when things click and are easy, but there will be just as many times where it’s difficult and frustrating. The thing that has gotten me through tough times is to remain open to opportunities. They may show up in ways you didn’t expect and open doors that you could have never planned for. Change is a part of art. It’s what makes any artistic endeavor so worthwhile. The challenge is to not be afraid of change yourself.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a voice actor, I’ve been lucky enough to work on some incredible projects with the coolest people. Some of my favorites are being the voice of Nancy Drew in the HeR Interactive video game series, Bella in the animated series “Rainbow High”, Ingrid in “Fire Emblem”, Sonia in “Pokemon Journeys”, and Fischl in “Genshin Impact.” Whether playing a warrior princess, a teen detective, or rock’n roll loving kid, I love playing and bringing these crazy characters to life.
Getting to this point hasn’t been easy. I heard “no” more times than I can count. I even had an acting coach tell me that I was the worst actor he’s ever directed. But if anything, it made me even more resilient to learn and grow as an artist. To find my voice, if that’s not too corny. Growing up my mom always told me, “every no is an opportunity for a yes down the road.” And it’s so true. Every time I don’t book something, I remind myself that I wasn’t right for that project and there will be one I’m perfect for in the future.
I’ve learned that community is so important in an endeavor. I couldn’t have done anything without the support, push, and help of so many people in the voice over, animation, and video game industry. If I’ve learned nothing else, it’s that kindness and generous spirit will open more doors for you than anything else.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, let’s pretend for a moment that COVID isn’t a thing….
We would have to have brunch at Aroma Cafe in Studio City. I LOVE their food/coffee and the whole vibe of the cafe. It’s one of my go to spots. Venice Beach is a must – sun, surf, and interesting personalities. What’s not to love?! While we’re there, we’d hit up Cafe Gratitude for the unique ordering experience. Also their food is wonderful. The Safari Wine Tour in Malibu would also be on the list. Drinking wine in a beautiful location and feeding rescued animals is a great way to spend an afternoon.
Also high on my list would be the Wisdom Tree Hike, the Warner Bros tour, and walking around the Huntington Gardens. 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?
Do you have enough space for a novel?! There are so many people and groups that have supported me and my career. It’s seriously been a team effort.
I have to give a big shout out to my husband and creative partner, Ryan Ricks. His constant support and encouragement got me to the place I am today. As a team, we’ve been able to accomplish some incredible things that I can’t share quite yet, but it’s been really cool being able to work together. Not to mention he’s the one who got me my first voice over job, that started this whole crazy journey.
I also want to give thanks to the Voice Actors Network and the LA voice over community. These groups have been so welcoming and supportive, not only to me, but every actor that jumps into this crazy business. The entertainment industry is all about relationships and I feel so lucky to have found my tribe with these groups.
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