We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Joyner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
It can be difficult to find a healthy balance in the entertainment industry since it’s feast or famine (but mostly famine). When the work does come along, it takes everything from you and much of your life outside of the work tends to fall by the wayside. I can’t say I’ve done a terrific job over the years at balancing it all, but one thing I’ve always held the line for is family. I know of plenty of actors who have missed weddings, important events or anniversaries because they wanted to be there for an audition. Not even a job! If I’ve booked out, I have no problem telling my agent that I am out of town and unable to audition. I can’t get those memories back if I miss out, and there will always be another audition.
In my opinion, acting doesn’t get to rule my life. There are more important things outside of work and I want to hold space for them.
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.
I will always and forever be drawn to stories of redemption and reconciliation. I suspect that since I’ve needed and experienced a lot of the two in my lifetime, those stories always draw me in and hold me rapt. Those are the stories I want to tell.
I’m hopefully only in the middle of my acting sojourn, but what I’m again and again reminded of is that you call the shots. It’s your career. Not your agents, not the producers. Be a professional by all means and create excellent work. But you are not powerless. You get to decide the jobs you will do and those you will not. You do not HAVE to do anything. If those that are in “power” try to tell you differently, you are working with the wrong people. Respect yourself and the merit you bring to the table. You have worth and it should be respected.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles is one of the most vibrant, eclectic cities in America. The pulse beats fast and hard and loud and most of the time, I love it! Some of my favorite spots include Griffith Observatory, Second City for an improv show (or any one of the other fantastic improv houses in L.A.), and without a doubt, The Baker In Woodland Hills. Their chilaquiles are requisite for any visit to my town!
There are so many trails to hike around here that it’s hard to choose, so I’ll just say- the ones right down the road from my house. Los Angeles is a nature paradise in places and I love to hit the trails whenever I can.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
At this point in my journey, too many people and too many stories have painted my experiences and helped me to where I am. The list is innumerable, but I can say that my husband is at the top of the list. Without his unwavering support in every story I tell, every risk I take and every time I spill my heart on screen or stage, I wouldn’t have the courage to keep doing so. Every artist needs someone behind them, supporting their walk. It is simply too hard of a journey without it.
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