I wish someone would have told me — just because it may seem easy at first doesn’t mean it will stay easy and just because it may seem too hard that you want to quit it won’t stay too hard. Just stay the course and always get better everyday. I’ve made a full time living as an entertainer and also been down to my last thirteen dollars he’ll I’ve been to negative twenty six. But stay the course and sail on…the tides will change and that is the nature of life…
I had the pleasure to interview Actor Brian Drolet. Originally from Queens, NY, and a graduate of the Fine Arts School at the University of Florida, Brian Drolet is an artist of multiple mediums. In addition to being an accomplished actor, comedian, writer, and producer, he also has a strong passion for painting, in 2017 he launched the website www.canvasassassins.com with his friend and fellow castmate Jordan Eubanks featuring their artwork. Brian most recently finished filming the movie Be Like Trees in which he wrote, produced, starred, and co-directed. The entire film was shot using just an iPhone and represents an exciting new freedom that technology is currently providing to filmmakers. The film is scheduled for a Spring 2019 release. As a comic Brian has performed all over Los Angeles at The Improv, The Comedy Store and even been featured on MTV at the World Famous Laugh Factory. Brian was Head Writer for truTVʼs comedy/variety show, “Six Degrees Of Everything” produced by Marc Summers Productions. Brian also starred in “Cinedopes”, a scripted digital series he created and co-wrote for Youtube with comedian Ben Gleib (Host of GSNʼs Idiotest) about the first movie theater to sell marijuana. Before that his film “Dumbbells”, a comedy he co-wrote and starred in as Chris Long, a fallen basketball star, was released theatrically in fifteen cities and VOD everywhere simultaneously. He worked with Carl Reiner, Tom Arnold, Jay Mohr, Mircea Monroe, Jaleel White, and, the one and only Fabio. Brian produced his first indie at age twenty-six, “2 Dudes And A Dream,” where he worked with Jay Mewes, Andy Milonakis and Simon Rex, it was distributed digitally by Warner Bros and represents his foray into producing and writing. Brian also starred onstage in the Los Angeles award winning play “Women Are Crazy Because Men Are Assholes.” He’s acted in several television and film roles including Disneyʼs “Pair Of Kings” as well as various hidden camera prank shows specializing in improv on “MTVʼs Damage Control” to “MTVʼs Disaster Date” where his characters ranged from a sleezy male stripper to a hearing impaired wanna-be rapper. Brian has also worked with Jonah Hill and Anthony Anderson on the Oxygen Network show “Campus Ladies”as well as Matt LeBlanc, Chevy Chase, and Ali Larter in the comedy feature “Lovesick” which opened up the 2014 Newport Beach Film Festival. Also on his resume are a dozen plus indie features as well as the comedy pilots “Damaged Goods” and “Naked But Funny,” a sketch comedy pilot from New Wave Entertainment for FOX. When Brian first got to Los Angeles he was immediately cast as a member on season one of MTVʼs mega smash hit “The Hills.” Brian has also appeared in ads and commercials for Nike, White Castle, Sunkist Soda, Miller Lite, Budweiser, the NCAA, Pepsi, Perry Ellis, Calvin Klein, and many more. For more information on Be Like Trees, view here.
Thank you so much for doing this with us Brian! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Well there was a witch and she had this apple, no, I’m kidding, um, in a nutshell- I grew up in a household with a sick mother and comedy and film. Television was an escape and laughing was the best thing in the world at the time and I knew from a young age that that’s what I was interested in and what I wanted to do for the rest of my life was to make people laugh, make them feel inspired, and hopefully, make them happy.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began leading your company?
I’d say the most interesting story was at the beginning — after having an epiphany to shoot a movie using just an iPhone, one day I was walking at an outdoor public shopping plaza feeling on top of the world and it seemed like everyone looking at me felt it too. I wasn’t sure if it was my recent weight loss, my new outfit or perhaps my fresh haircut — turns out everyone was actually looking at me because I was about to get hit by a trolley. An old woman had to yell to me and waive hysterically because I had headphones on and couldn’t hear the trolley bell. I was almost killed. So moral of the story don’t blast your music too loud and look out for trolleys, they’re coming to get ya.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
A commercial agent called me into his office I thought I was going to get signed because days before I dropped off a tape of myself doing impersonations and original characters, but Instead of taking me on as I client he just gave me the advice that the next time I attempt to make a professional reel and send it in to probably get rid of the mountains of dirty laundry in the background, and also to lose the VCR date and time graphic. So that was a huge bummer, but I learned my effort was not for nothing. I gave another copy of that same tape to another agency and their secretary- not even an agent- watched it and loved it. They then sent it to a friend at MTV casting and I got my first audition and booked it. So, sometimes a little embarrassment can pay off and be rewarded because of your tenacity. Also, a mountain or two of dirty laundry never hurt anybody.
Can you describe how you or your organization is making a significant social impact?
I’d say we are showing artists that they don’t have to wait for the gatekeepers and we are encouraging them to embrace their own power. I also think representation matters and I look forward to employing staff and creating characters for the screen from a diverse cultural background.
Are there three things the community/society/politicians can do help you address the root of the problem you are trying to solve?
Fund research for Scleroderma.
How do you define “Leadership”? Can you explain what you mean or give an example?
I think leadership is being in the trenches with your troops. So for example, if you are over budget, out of time, and have to get one last shot, you should be willing to hold the boom and take a pay cut if it means getting the shot. As a leader, you are never above the ‘lowest on the totem pole’ job. You are getting your hands dirty, doing the heavy lifting and keeping moral going.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
- I wish when I first started someone would have told me to do stand up comedy every single day. When I first began I had tremendous anxiety and let it stop me, but when you do something everyday the anxiety wains. Standup is something you get good at only after consistently doing it for years so had I gotten that advice and started doing it everyday over a decade ago I’d be way further along so find something you love and regardless if it scares you get to it everyday.
- I wish someone would have told me — just because it may seem easy at first doesn’t mean it will stay easy and just because it may seem too hard that you want to quit it won’t stay too hard. Just stay the course and always get better everyday. I’ve made a full time living as an entertainer and also been down to my last thirteen dollars he’ll I’ve been to negative twenty six. But stay the course and sail on…the tides will change and that is the nature of life…
- Don’t waste your time feeling guilty about success. If I could go back to when I was first achieved success I’d feel less guilt and enjoy it more…because remember, I know now how the tides can change…
- I would have told myself to take YouTube more seriously when it first came out. I started creating videos initially and they were getting a lot of views but I stopped and looked at it as less than. Boy was I wrong. So keep your eyes wide open for the latest technologies and how they can help with what you’re trying to do with your life.
- Show up everyday and treat this like being a doctor in med school. Luckily I had pretty good work ethic but too often artists are emotional beings who try a little here and there but get sensitive and slow their growth potential. So I say lighten up, take the criticism and accept it so you can grow faster and learn more, again, treat it like someone who’s pre-med and has lives at stake.
You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-).
I think it’d have to be a movement about love, peace and opportunity for all. I’d love a way to help shelter all homeless people in LA. It’s out of control and so I’d love if there was a movement that created housing for everyone.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
It’s gotta be “Don’t get it perfect get it going.” That quote got me personally going with stand up comedy, and also — before I knew it — but …back in the day…writing screenplays — I think everyone should strive to maintain that youthful spirit that just goes for it and I feel like that quote really captures that and for me personally I’m always trying to get things going..so…
Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. 🙂
I’d love to sit down with Larry David — his humor is my favorite I’d love to discuss TV show ideas and comedy with him in general…he’s a comedic genius who better to team up with?
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