We had the good fortune of connecting with Samantha Labrecque and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samantha, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Oh man, I actually laughed when I heard this question. The beloved impostor syndrome at work. The concept of Success, which I’m sure many of my fellow actors can relate to, is one that I’m constantly battling with. There’s always a next level you want to reach, a new goal you want to accomplish, a bigger job you want to book. I’ve been doing my best to implement this Arthur Ashe quote into my day to day life: “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” But sometimes it’s easier said than done.
Personally, I’ve found that my persistence, commitment to self growth, and a willingness to learn are key factors in building my career as an actor. Professionally, I’m very passionate, motivated, and pragmatic. And societally, my skin tone, body type, and need for validation play major roles.
I just looked up Success in the dictionary and it’s listed as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” Reading this I feel a pang of optimism as I realize I have, in fact, accomplished aims or purposes in my life. If you’re reading this, I urge you to stop scrolling and write down yours. One thing this past year has taught me is that journaling is dope, and is as effective as all of the self help books say (thanks, “Artist’s Way”).
Some recent professional goals I’ve accomplished include booking two films on a major streaming platform, landing my first TV credit, and launching my own production company SamSkape Productions Inc. Some personal goals I’ve achieved are seeing a therapist and prioritizing myself and my mental health, continuing to follow my gut to create a life that’s best for me, and making a home with my partner Mike and our dogs Millie and Emmett. (If you want to read my sappy backstory, you can find the deets at my previous Voyage LA article linked below)
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Y’all, something I’ve recently found solace in is that no one truly knows what they’re doing. All we can do is go with our gut, follow our heart, do what makes us happy, and learn along the way. Emphasis on following your heart, not someone else’s.
An artistic journey is one that is ever-changing, growing, and evolving. Fifteen years ago I was convinced I was going to be the drummer in a world famous punk band. Five years ago my biggest goal was to be on Broadway and earn a Tony award. Now I want to create things and be a part of projects that make people laugh, feel things, and let others know that they’re not alone. Later this year I’m going to be starring in and producing my own short film, a woman-led dramedy focusing on mental health, and I couldn’t be more excited. To all of my fellow actors and creators out there: if you’re thinking of making a career move or creating a project that you feel passionately about, consider this as your sign to DO IT!
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?
Fat Dog in North Hollywood, Hogsmeade for Butterbeer, and a late night movie at a Laemmle. On any given day you can find me brunching at Bea Bea’s or Beachwood Cafe, and soon to be front row at every live performance venue available to me. As the world opens up, join me in supporting small businesses, the arts, and most importantly: artists.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Amidst the challenges this past year has brought us all, I have to stress that the relationship with yourself has to be number one. In understanding that everyone is truly on their own journey in life, it is so, so important to be able to support yourself fully and lift yourself up when you need it. Then, you can wholly and graciously receive support from others, and in turn, offer others support. I make this distinction because as a human, and especially as an actor, there are so many reasons to beat yourself up or feel that you aren’t good enough. What’s going to make the difference between giving up or keeping on, is knowing yourself and what your mind, body, and soul needs to keep going.
I’m so grateful to have a supportive partner in Mike, who puts up with my antics and helps me with countless auditions and script readings (and writings). I also want to thank the LA community and my friends and family who will always have my back on my journey. Shout out to my “I am Everything” affirmation card deck, sitcoms, and wine. For behind the scenes looks and updates on all of this stuff, check out my websites and Instagram links below. No matter who you are or where you’re at, know that you’ve got this. Onward and upward!
Other: IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm6248484/ Voyage LA Article: www.voyagela.com/interview/meet-samantha-labrecque-actor-photographer-north-hollywood/