Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Buglioli.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born in Los Angeles and started acting while I was in diapers (cause La La Land, ammiright?!). My first job was a commercial for Hallmark Greeting cards, which makes all the sense because I’m perpetually in my feels. I was raised in London, England where I went to the American School in London and was lucky enough to work as a professional actress before moving to New York to get my degree from NYU. I spent ten years in New York. Those years absolutely shaped who I am today. New York can be a cruel mistress, but girlfriend helped me grow.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been a very rocky road and today I’m able to say I’m grateful for that. I had major health issues in my early 20s that I felt, at the time, derailed my career. I spent a lot of time in and out of hospitals. Fortunately, once I got back on my feet, I was able to spend time working as an early childhood and special education teacher, which was transformative and brought me so much joy in a time I needed it most. Today, I have a post-it on my wall that says “you are not in a hospital today” because as corny as it is when I was fighting for my health, I dreamt about being healthy enough to be an active participant in my life. I need the reminder that though growth is often uncomfortable, it’s a gift. Those tough times gave me an appreciation for opportunity that anchors me today. I need that post it to remind me to relax when I’m stressed about my to-do list. I also listen to copious amounts of Beyoncé.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m an actress, writer, producer, cycle instructor, educator, etc. Essentially, all the side hustles! I’m thankful to have designed a life that allows me to do a number of things I’m passionate about. I used to struggle with the inconsistency of the business so I worked to find other passions that allow me to love my day to day life to allow auditions and bookings to be icing on the cake.
I’m so grateful to be an actress with Privilege Talent Agency in Atlanta, a cycle instructor at Vibe Ride Studio in Midtown, on the taping team at Get Scene Studios and currently creating a new web series with my writing partner, the amazing K.D. O’Hair, and boss producer Jordan Ancel.
I recently started volunteering at Chastain Horse Park’s therapeutic riding program for riders of all ages and abilities. I can’t rave about it enough. Their program is run entirely on volunteers so if you’re in Atlanta- check them out!
How do you, personally, define success? What’s your criteria, the markers you’re looking out for, etc?
I’m a big believer that success is a feeling. I’ve always wanted to be a working actress. I remember crying my eyes out watching performers on stage as a kid and thinking “do they know how lucky they are”? I don’t take a second of the journey for granted. I think the fact that my road has been winding has deepened my appreciation for the opportunity to do what I love. The goal is to be 80 years old and going to open mic nights because it lights me up. Performing is what makes me feel most alive and inspired and that’s when I’m my best self – when I feel connected to my purpose.
- Website: laurenbuglioli.com
- Instagram: lauren_buglioli
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lauren.buglioli
- Twitter: @laurenbuglioli
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