We had the good fortune of connecting with Ginger Britt Daniels and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ginger Britt, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued an artistic and creative career because every time I’ve tried to escape that world, I’ve gotten redirected right back to it. I grew up always thinking that I would be an entertainer in some fashion. I used to hold regular dance classes for the neighborhood kids around age 7 in my backyard and drill them on plies, as I imitated Debbie Allen’s character, Lydia on the tv show, Fame. This led to full on house productions of the movie Annie, because I had to play Miss Hannigan. Carol Burnett was the best in this film. Though I started out as a dancer, I knew from a young age I wanted to be great at everything. My last year in high school I was allowed to only attend half days of classes so that I could leave campus for the rest of the day and study performing arts. One day I went to acting class, one day it was a voice lesson, one day a piano lesson, and two days of dance. All of this was helpful later in my life as I became aware I wouldn’t grow past 5’0″ tall. It also shaped me as a well rounded performer who is very versatile. Though life experience tried to pull me away from a career as a performer, the universe always seemed and continues to push me right back into it. This is wonderful because my happiest moments in life are either on stage or in front of a camera.
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 believe what sets me apart from other performers is that I have so many different talents, and have actually worked professionally in some way or another with each of these talents. I was a dancer, a drummer, and I am an actress, a singer, songwriter, choreographer, producer, and writer. I am most proud and excited about a short film that I wrote, am producing, and starring in this winter because it is my favorite genre and deals with an important subject matter. It’s called, Not Like The Other Girls, and is a female driven cop mystery/drama set in NYC, where my first performing jobs happened, and deals with the subject of childhood sexual abuse and what the trauma can do to a woman. I got where I am today because of hard work, tenacity, belief in myself, courage, and some good luck. It was seemingly easy for me in the beginning. The first week I moved to New York City I booked a national commercial, an Off Broadway musical, and a dance role in a modern dance company. I worked pretty steadily for a long time, in theatre and then film and tv, until I let myself get clouded by a couple of difficult relationships. I took a long break from most of my creative jobs during this time, and though that was difficult, I ended up working for both a casting office and a talent manager that helped me to understand the other side to the business. Currently I am trying to break back into the tv and film world after the long break, and I did do well in a couple of short films I starred in and co produced in 2019. I even won a lead actress award for the short drama. This led to signing with a theatrical agent and some auditions, but I’m hoping my upcoming film endeavor will lead to more work as an actress. I’d like the world to know that I am incredibly passionate about my work as a performer, and I’m ready for my next chapter.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
So if my best friend came to visit me for a week I would first take her up the coast to Malibu Seafood fish market. We’d get fish and chips and take it to the beach. We’d go on hikes, visit downtown LA at the LA Phil, see a concert at The Hollywood Bowl, go to whatever art exhibit is happening. We’d see a film if it’s the season at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, see a concert at The Mint or The Canyon Club, have dinner at Felix in Venice, 71 Above in downtown, have sushi at Go’s Market, and catch one of my friends plays or stand up shows, or live concerts.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have been helped along and inspired and continue to be by many talented people throughout my life. I would say my parents, special grandma, and brother were always there with love and support. My first dance teacher, Linda Rees not only taught me that I could grow into something wonderful, but encouraged me in all facets of performing. My high school show choir director, Sandy Butz, and church choir director, Joan Lee also knew that I should be pushed and guided into a career as an entertainer. Later in life I was encouraged and supported by actor/musician, Robbie Rist to pursue drumming as he discovered working on a film with me that I had talent as a drummer. Finally choreographer, Mark Esposito gave me a huge break that led to my inevitable theatrical success. There are more, I’m sure, and will continue to be more throughout my life. I am very fortunate.
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