We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Bree and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Courtney, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
The single most important decision I made was to leave my hometown of Houston, TX, and move to Los Angeles to pursue my career goals. I didn’t have a job lined up or any leads (risky, I know), but it was the step I needed to take to lay the foundation for advancing my career.
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 initially went to college to be an orthodontist. That was short-lived once I discovered the Film & Digital Media program. Since I was already a thespian, this segue was easy, although the call home to my mother was not. When I moved to Los Angeles, I worked countless jobs in various fields to feed myself however none in Entertainment. I created a YouTube channel centered around hair tutorials, yet I didn’t feel like this was my purpose. Then, I discovered Background acting, which gave me an opportunity to be on set and pay the bills. Learning about it in school was different from actually experiencing the energy on set. This refueled my desire to pursue my acting career full time. I joined SAG-AFTRA and so, my journey began. I loved (and still love) being on set! I started posting relatable content on Instagram and Tik Tok more frequently which eventually led to people acknowledging my editing skills. Once I started being open and honest with my followers, I noticed a substantial increase. My social media platform is centered around self confidence, promoting body positivity, and just having fun. I’ve acquired this go-getter mentality and I’m taking my followers along for the ride. Currently, I work on a show with an amazing crew who is very supportive of all my career endeavors. I can proudly say I am an Actor, Editor, and self-proclaimed Weirdo who wants the world to know that it’s okay to chase your dreams, even if you don’t know where it’s going to lead you.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I literally have an itinerary saved in my notes folder for visitors! First, we would go to Runyon Canyon because it’s an LA staple and I guess, fitness. Then we would go to The Waffle for brunch or somewhere with bottomless mimosas. I’d take them to Griffith Park for a picnic by the Hollywood Sign, or Santa Monica Pier. We’d end the evening at Point Dume State Beach in Malibu, to relax and watch the sunset, and have dinner at Nobu.
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’d like to dedicate this Shoutout to my mom for encouraging me to pursue my dreams and supporting my impulsive decisions; my favorite college professor Brian Elliot; and Gabrielle Union-Wade & my entire LA’s Finest family for believing in me.