We had the good fortune of connecting with Kamy Bruder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kamy, how do you think about risk?
I’m still trying to balance risk taking and the notion of security in my life. I’ve taken massive leaps in the past, including coming to the United States at 17 years old to pursue a career as a professional motocross rider (best decision I’ve ever made). That was 15 years ago and to this day looking back still the most lucrative risk/ reward pursuit of my life. Evidently, being an actor is a massive risk in itself – where’s the guarantee in that? Ah! But the possibilities are so grand, and the journey itself is such a reward as well that it’s a risk I’m willing to take with me to the grave. Being a little older now, I also think it’s important to have your bases covered in that pursuit of something greater. Being able to live, support and sustain myself has been a huge part of my success. It’s freeing to know I’m ok, and have nothing to lose when I go and audition. It really allows me to take chances in the audition room, and I truly believe it’s part of my success. So YES, a big FUCK YES to taking risks, but also being smart about it so you can be 100% committed to the risk you’re taking without having second thoughts.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally? What sets you apart from others?
I’m an actor and a martial artist. I use my martial arts in my acting and my acting in my martial arts! The saying goes, “the harder I work the luckier I seem to get.” And that’s what I live by. This journey hasn’t been easy, or hard, it’s been marvelously fun and exciting and crazy and I love every second of it. From the constant rejection to the occasional ‘YES!’ it’s a thrill worth living. It takes thick skin and builds character for sure, but let me say this…. how hard are our lives, really?? We live in Los Angeles CA… we have a lot of privilege so I’m not going to sit here and say poor me my life is so hard. Because it’s not. It’s wonderful, in all its successes and failures, it’s the path I’ve chosen. To say it’s hard would be like hitting yourself on the head with a hammer and then complaining about it. It was my choice. I think often there’s an overcomplicating of things. I think one overcomes challenges by dealing with them straight on and doing work. Simple… really. And that’s the biggest lesson I’ve had to learn. I can complain all I want but at some point that stops and you still need to deal with your crap and move forward. So now, I just deal and move on, and I’m better for it. When you feel in a mood, I’d say eat a banana and go sit outside for a while. Who am I to say what sets me apart from others… I’m available, I’m present, I’m hard working – I can act, kick ass, be the nice guy or the roundhouse-kick throwing villain, and when the phone rings, I answer. What I can guarantee is I’ll show up ready and will always do my best. My mission is always to elevate and bring something special to the production I’m working on.
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?
A day in the life of a local is always more interesting to me. When I went backpacking around the world, I always tried to meet up with locals and spend time with them. Especially in big and popular cities. It’s fun to wake up in a local neighborhood, have coffee on the patio, take a walk around the city, go to the local stores, coffee shops and pubs. If someone came to visit, I’d take them hiking in the morning, then grab breakfast at a local spot, maybe HOME in Los Feliz and then walk around. There are so many funs shops around there. Then, take them on a studio tour, those are always a ton of fun.. and such unique thing to do. I wouldn’t mind a walk in West Hollywood and a dinner at the Nice Guy to cap it off. But what a great city we live in, with so many wonderful neighborhoods, from Silver Lake all the way to Santa Monica there’s enough to do that I’m still entertained here 12 years later.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The list of people I need to thank for this is a mile long. You can’t act by yourself. Everyone who’s given me a chance needs to know they’re in my heart. From every Casting Directors, to Producers, to PAs to Directors in every production I’ve been a part of deserve a shoutout. Seriously. Yes, I work hard and put in the work but by myself there’s not much I can do. There are so many productions I’m grateful for. Brock Cravy’s marvelous and delicious award winning film Innocent Boy. Jere Koistinen for flying me all the way to Finland for his wonderful feature film Insite. David Brown for always bringing me on board of his A+ productions. Crypt TV for always trusting in me as their Stunt Coordinator. My dear wife Amanda for pushing me to always better myself. My friend Marco de Ornellas for the constant support and our ability to dream together. And so many many many more. If we have worked together, in any capacity, please know that you are in my heart and I am grateful for you.