We had the good fortune of connecting with Miles Bryant and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miles, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Let me tell you something – I hate being an actor. This wasn’t a childhood dream of mine or anything – I wanted to be a lawyer growing up. My brother is in private equity and he’s killing it. He spent the pandemic traveling and snowboarding and remotely raking in the dough. Meanwhile, my income level has me below the poverty line. Let me say that again: legally speaking, I live in poverty.
But guess what? I’m in this for life. Just like you don’t get to choose who you love, I didn’t choose this fickle bitch of a mistress that is acting. But, somehow, I love her. I love everything about her. And you’ve heard that saying, “when you know, you know”? Well, trust me when I say, acting is the one. Nothing makes me feel half as alive as being on stage or on set. Through sickness and in health, through thick and thin, we’re sticking together. It’s till death do us part in this bitch.
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.
This is a hilarious question. “How did I get to where I am today” — I’m nowhere! I’m nobody! Or at least, not YET!
Here’s what sets me apart from others: every day, as soon as I wake up, I take my trusty ol’ chip and put it on my shoulder. And then I go about my day, daring people to knock it off. I walk around with this feeling like I have to earn my right to exist. And sure, sometimes that makes me come off as abrasive or insensitive, but I’ve got something to prove, damn it! I’m Miles fucking Bryant! And that doesn’t mean anything to anyone right now, but you can bet your bottom dollar that it will.
Nothing about where I’m at today was easy, but I don’t have an answer about HOW I overcame the challenges – I’m LIVING the challenges! The challenge is right now! It’s getting up every day and not quitting. Look, it’s easy to keep going when you’ve got momentum. And I mean real momentum. Of which I currently have none. But that shit isn’t gonna stop me. I’m building. I’m building every day. This is what I want the world to know about my story: we’re only at chapter one, and there’s a whole lot more coming. So buckle up.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I don’t go anywhere. I don’t do anything. We’d go wherever they wanted to go. That’s the beauty of LA. Whatever you want to do, whatever kind of person you wanna be, there’s a place for you here. Wanna go for a hike? Wanna go to the beach? Wanna go to a museum? Wanna check out some live music? Wanna head to a comedy club? Wanna go thrift shopping? Wanna get high and get some bougie artisan ice cream? It’s all here! Welcome to LA baby!
But if my visiting friend had no itinerary whatsoever, that list is what I’d start with. Specifically:
Hiking – Baldwin hills, because it’s close and reasonably pretty
Beach – Manhattan. Quiet, clean, chill.
Museum – The Broad. I’m a sucker for Lichtenstein.
Live Music – School Night at Bardot is a great time. Or we’d create some live music of our own with karaoke at Backstage.
Comedy Club – So many to choose from. Supernova has a great outdoor setup. The Laugh Factory is legendary.
Thirft shopping – My whole closet is basically from Crossroads
Get high – anywhere really. There’s dispensaries everywhere, it’s awesome
Ice Cream – Salt & Straw revolutionized ice cream for me
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Aw farts. I didn’t realize this part was coming. How do they do this at the Oscars? Like, how do they thank everyone they have to thank in that short short amount of time without leaving someone out and hurting someone’s feelings?
Anyhoo, the first person who came to my mind is my high school drama teacher Mr. Madruga. Fuck that guy. If it weren’t for him, I’d probably be a high powered, filthy rich laywer right now. But he opened my eyes to the world of acting and ruined my life and saved my soul and I love him to death for it. When I dream about success in acting, he’s inevitably a part of it. Sometimes it’s me writing him a check for a million dollars, but the preferable scenario is getting him a role in a show or movie (the man is BRILLIANT, I tell you).
I have to thank Elisa Bocanegra and give a HUGE shoutout to HERO Theatre; she has been a guiding light in my life since I met her and if it weren’t for her I wouldn’t have the best commercial agent in the world right now (bonus shoutout to Kristin Nava!)
Last but not least I must thank my parents. I don’t care that it’s cheesy and predictable, I just have to. My dad is the president of my fan club and my mom is extraordinarily supportive for an Asian parent, and I just would not be anywhere near as close to my dreams if it weren’t for them.