Interview with actor, Brendon Garrett

Brendon Garrett is a young actor from Encinitas, California who is now living in Los Angeles turning his passion of acting into his career.  He and I met at the beach over Christmas break to talk shop.

The Playbill Collector (TPC): Tell me how you got your start.
Brendon Garrett (BG): I didn’t start acting until Santa Barbara City College.  I was a communication major and then a friend recommended taking an acting class.  Ever since that first class, something went off.  It was the community aspect of it.  After a few years at SBCC I transferred to UC San Diego.
TPC: What was the process after school?
BG: After a surfing safari to Indonesia, I moved to Los Angeles to chase the dream.  After a year I got an agent.  They do 10% of the work and I do the other 90%.
TPC: Now you have moved beyond stage work.  Tell us about that.
BG: Yes, when I moved to Los Angeles I started to do more TV and film.  That’s my main goal now.
TPC: You are pretty prominent on social media.  What’s your outlook on that?
BG: It’s been an affirmation.  My sketch comedy is starting to take off.  People are recognizing it which is awesome.
TPC: How do you get your ideas?
BG: They come randomly or sometimes they will draw from real life; being by myself and talking in weird accents.  Sometimes they take a while so finding someone to film can be tough.
TPC: Where did the idea for “my dad” come from?
BG: My brother went to prep school on the East Coast and I spawned it from people from there.
Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 6.22.11 AMTPC: What about Papi Chulo?
BG: That’s my go to.  I’m not really sure where that came from.  At first he was just a stoner and I got the wig from a houseboat trip I went on.
TPC: What’s the next thing for you social media wise?
BG: My goal for 2015 is to get a YouTube channel.  I’ve been wanting to and maybe take the highlights and turn them into one minute sketches.
TPC: What is something you would love to be in?
BG: To be a season regular on a show.  Right now TV seems like a great way to get in.
TPC: Who are some people you would like to work with?
BG: Directors: Cameron Crowe, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese and David Lynch.  Actors: My two favorite actors passed away recently; Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Daniel Day-Lewis would be a dream come true to work with.  Ryan Gosling and Jake Gyllenhaal would be great to work with as well.
TPC: Before you go into an audition, what do you do to prepare?
BG: Stretch, pray, relax and the more preparation you do the less nervous you will be.
TPC: What’s the biggest role you have had to date?
BG: Co-Star on Criminal Minds.
TPC: What are you working on now?
BG: A series called “The Reveal” which is written and directed by my mentor, John Lacy.  We have three episodes in the can and it will roll out soon.
TPC: Any closing remarks?
BG: I want people to know I’m all in!  Sink or swim, there is no plan B.  I’m going to make this happen no matter how long it takes.  I’m going to be chasing this thing until I make my career as a working actor.
For more information on Brendon, check out his Instagram: THEREALKOZAR
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