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Life & Work with Brooke Butterworth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brooke Butterworth.

Hi Brooke, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’m a female writer, director, and actress. I started in 2011 back in Tennessee acting local indie films. When I picked up a camera, I knew I loved to create so I started directing my own films with actors from Knoxville and Maryville, TN. I started acting professionally and modeling in 2016 with Heyman Talent Agency at first. I got my Film degree in 2017 after directing over 50 short films and acting in over 40 films, 20 plays, and one feature film. I then decided to make my own media company in 2018 which started as videography and media content creation. In 2018 I also started Acting United – an online acting community!

In 2020 I shut my media company down when the world shut down and moved to focusing on Acting United! We do play readings, give daily encouragement to artists, and are producing our first film. We would love to have you join our acting community at @actingunited on Instagram. We do merch giveaways and are building a community to lift you up! We love to give shoutouts as well. DM us to join play readings and our discord chat! Big things are planned for the future…

Our short film “Elena” is shooting in March 2022 and is based on five true stories of women who escaped human trafficking. Right now, the goal is to raise 10K in order to pay our cast, pay our crew, and pay for distribution. We are hoping to give it to schools, churches, and any awareness programs once it is done.

We believe this film can not only raise awareness but spark change! If you want to give to this production, you can donate directly by PayPal (as we are still working on a kickstarter campaign) or you can help the cause while treating yourself by buying encouraging gear at actingunited.com!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
This has been the hardest year of my life. I’ve been candid about it on my personal Instagram account. I lost my father back in January. He was always the one that encouraged me and even participated in a lot of my childhood films. He encouraged me to pursue my dreams and find a plan to make them happen. Every single audition I get, I think of him and it sparks the fire in me to keep pushing. I had to leave my family back in Tennessee to pursue acting and film. I miss them very much but I know if I keep pushing then they are proud of me. I hope to treat everyone I work for/with at the same level that my dad treated everyone. On every set, I strive to show people a little piece of the goodness my Dad passed onto me. I also want to inspire young actors and people unsure of entering the business. I try to shoot out encouraging messages across social media whenever possible.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
The short anthology Bagels that I was the lead in alongside Erwin Jacob was a real treat to be a part of. We just got it on Amazon Prime in 2020. I’m really proud of that film because it is a positive take on interracial relationships. I want to be known for not being skilled in my craft, but more so, caring for others in my personal life and in the projects I choose. I want things I’m a part of to brighten someone’s day or maybe make them feel hope or perhaps get them to think intellectually about problems in the world. Nothing else is a more noble pursuit than helping others!

I also love action films so I am hoping to finish my web series scripts soon and get to shooting. I have big hopes for our production company Acting United. I really wanna build a company that all my acting friends and film friends can find solace for their crafts through one day.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
Even if people cannot give monetarily, it helps so much to engage with our social media posts!

If you are an artist or actor, I’d love to meet you and have you join our community. We do play readings as well and any amount of collaboration helps tremendously. We are looking for helping hands in all areas of production.

I’d be so appreciative if you could donate to our film Elena. Links are on my Instagram @brookebutter in my linktree. You’ll find it in the bio. All profits of our merch store go straight to the film to raise awareness for human trafficking as well at actingunited.com.

If you can’t give money-wise, here are some things I’d be forever grateful for as they help push things along tremendously:

– Give us a shoutout!
– Follow @actingunited on Instagram
– Share our campaign coming soon or our website
– Tell your friends about our cause
– Engage with our posts (this does so much!)

You can like, comment, and even save our acting united posts which boosts the Instagram algorithm.

We also do giveaways on @actingunited and lots more exciting things to come. If you buy our merch, let us know and we would love to give YOU a shoutout!

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