We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Linda Bradley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laura Linda, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I started What’s My Frame? because I wanted to help other actors and creatives by sharing what I had learned over the years. The beauty of becoming an artist is there’s no one set road to success. But that’s also a huge stumbling block for many, because so much is unknown and personalized. I got involved with union series and because a national committee member with SAG-AFTRA, because I wanted to help young creatives understand the opportunities and support the union offers. Last Spring when the lockdown hit I wanted to put some inspiration and encouragement into the world. Never before had all areas and elements of the entertainment industry come to a stop at once. I jumped at the opportunity to start a remotely recorded podcast, and thankfully friends and co-workers from the industry trusted me with their time and stories. We just recently celebrated our 1st anniversary of the What’s My Frame? podcast. We’re now streamed in over 29 countries. When I started in 2020 thinking I was going to be recording a podcast on Zoom for two maybe three weeks I could have never imagined what it’s become.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What’s My Frame? podcast started as a simple idea to connect creatives by sharing insight and encouragement from working creatives. Unfortunately with a podcast you really don’t know who’s listening; at least at the start. You know your goals are for the show; I wanted to feature long form conversations with creatives from all areas of the industry. My personal favorite podcast is Off Camera with Sam Jones, I used Sam’s relaxed and friendly interview style as inspiration for how I supported my guests. But even with clear goals in place you don’t know if people will respond. That was the hardest part for me, when I was preparing guests questions I used to try and figure out what questions would apply to the most people. But as I’ve relaxed into my hosting role, I’ve found the episodes and stories people respond to most are the ones that I didn’t overthink. It’s been a massive learning curve starting a podcast in a pandemic, but when I revive messages from actors saying that the show helped them feel connected to what they love. Helped them feel encouraged, understood… it makes all that work worth while!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It would definitely be a road trip up the coast with a few stops at my favorite national parks! I love the chance to unplug and work on my photography. Even with a year like 2020 and things feeling so upside down… When you take the time to see the stars in Joshua Tree, or visit Half Dom or the Red Woods you can’t help but feel things shift back into perspective.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’m so thankful to the countless teachers and mentors I’ve had in my career! They’ve made me the creative I am today. Our industry is so strongly based on relationships, respect and trust. I learned at an early age the importance of being someone others want to work with. My Mom always taught me the importance of treating others with respect & kindness. She also instilled in me the significance of taking pride in your work. It doesn’t matter if you’re number 1 on the call sheet or joining a project for a day. Treat that opportunity, that job and your character with respect.