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Meet Brandon Fields

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandon Fields.

Brandon, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I think performing was embedded in my DNA from birth. When we’d do plays or skits in elementary or middle school, I think I’d always be the first to volunteer. We even had the opportunity to appear twice on our local public television station, which I remember being a lot of fun. During this same time, I would set up our camcorder at home and act out scenes from movies I enjoyed. My family probably got tired of me rewinding the same scenes over and over until I had picked up the dialogue and the movements of the character(s) on whom I was fixated. They never complained, though, and sort of encouraged it. Honestly, if there was ever a camera around, I was probably trying to be in front of it.

Years later, in my first college theatre class, my wonderful professor encouraged me to audition for the one act play festival that was happening which the university did every year. Thanks to her, I did one acts and shows on campus, as well as community theatre, and made some great friends in the local theatre and film scenes. While in college, I also got to perform in a student film, which I think was my first on-camera performance proper. After college, one of those dear friends from college ended up recommending me for teaching a rudimentary stage combat class at a local community theatre summer camp for kids. A year after that, that same friend recommended me for performing with a marvelous local community theatre that does musical theatre for kids during the school year.

In the time since, I’ve had the good fortune to have done some background work in film; to have appeared in two web series and several fun short films; and to have been able to lend my voice to Brickfilms, an audio drama, and a local car commercial. And later this year, I’ll be appearing as a main character in my first indie feature film. I also still teach the stage combat class every summer and I appear in the musical theatre shows when available.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think it has been as smooth as any journey. It’s had its ups and downs. I think the biggest thing has always been that little voice in the back of your head, though, that self-doubt. Despite having plenty of people cheering you on, you’re always your own worst critic. Yet, you’ve got to let the encouragement drive you and allow yourself to feel okay about the choices you make in what you send in for or that you’ve made on screen or onstage. And I think I’ve done that and gotten better about that as the years have gone on. There are also of course the things you can’t control: you’re too short, you’re not athletic enough, you don’t sound quite like what we’re listening for, etc. You shrug those off and keep plugging away. And while my family has admittedly had doubt at times whether this would be a viable career choice, they’ve overall always been encouraging. I think that serves as further motivation to work hard, put my best foot forward, and reach for the stars.

Brandon Fields – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I have previously appeared as the character of Teddy in the short films “Bryn Gets a Job” and “Teddy’s Party”– both of which can be found online– and will be appearing as Teddy in the indie feature film sequel to both of those, “Bryn Gets a Life”, which releases this fall on video on demand. About the same time, I voiced a character called “Call Me ‘Charlie McGee'” in the Brickfilm “Welcome to Darkmoor”, which is currently on YouTube. I also lent my voice in the last few years to an audio drama called “The Haven Chronicles”. It’s currently being rebooted and will debut later this year online wherever you listen to your audio dramas or podcasts. Along with that, I also appeared in the drama web series, “BrothAhood”, as well as the lighthearted web series, “Bizarre”.

In addition to all of that, I still appear onstage in musicals for Storyland Theatre for school kids throughout the school year. I also still currently teach rudimentary stage combat with the Augusta Junior Players Summer Camp. Both of those have been impacted by the pandemic this year, but Storyland did share earlier this year a previous performance which happened to be my first show with them back in 2017. I am proud to work or to have worked with the wonderful people behind all of these varying projects, as they’ve been kind and caring and their collective creativity knows no bounds.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My success stems, I believe, from an endlessly optimistic outlook on life, a drive to be the most authentic self, and really the outstanding people in my life. I wish I could take the time to thank them all individually, but they all know who they are. To that end, I think a sense of gratitude and humility will always help, too. I try to remember to be grateful for each moment, each interaction, just for each day. We’re all in this together as we shoot for the best in life, and we get there by helping each other and lifting each other up.

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George Hagan, Karlton Clay, Logan Social Films, Storyland Theatre

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