Named the “wittiest” and “most talented” in her high school yearbook, Shay Brown joins us on Going for Broadway with Eryn. Eryn and Shay have done a few shows together including A Christmas Story at SCCT. Shay was raised in Columbia, SC and studied theatre at Winthrop University and the University of South Carolina. She then found her way from suburban South Carolina to LA for the bright lights of theatre, film, and television. Jumping right into comedy, Shay studied under famous Gary Austin, the Groundlings founder, and with him created her one woman show. She has also studied under renowned actresses like Diane Salinger and Jamie Rose.
Within this episode, Eryn and Shay discuss Shay’s life as an actor. They talk about her experiences throughout film, TV, and theatre. Having already made her rounds in multiple acting fields, Shay gives a good explanation in the comparisons between the fields.
“Stage is like jumping off a cliff and the camera is like someone in your face about to kiss you…Voiceovers are fun ‘cause no one can see my face!”
When asked if going to school was worth the time and money, Shay responds by recommending to go to school and get an education. Being in a university and being around your peers is something that you never wanted to miss out on. She has learned from others that she’s trained under that you must always keep on keeping on!
Shay always tries to do at least two shows a year to keep her chops up and continue to learn. She truly believes in constantly learning, studying, and keeping those chops in shape.
She tells young actors that to shoot for the stars and never give up. For if you love it enough, then you will do everything you can to get what you want.
In This Episode:
2:17- How did you get into acting?
3:05- Could you tell us a bit about the Stanislavski Method that you studied?
4:13- Why did you choose these certain schools to pursue your acting degree?
5:33- Did you do the theatre summer program at the Governor’s School?
6:10- Was moving to LA immediately after your graduation?
7:11- What was your vision when moving to LA? How did you go about living that dream?
8:44- What were some of the things you learned from Gary Austin and The Groundlings?
12:03- Is comedy something that can be taught or is it something that must come naturally?
13:11- What was your training under Diane Salinger and Jamie Rose (both renowned actors) like? And how did you go about being able to learn under these people?
16:08- How has all of your training shaped you up to the professional you are today?
17:02- Would you advise that a young actor like myself invest four years of study in a university, learning and developing my craft or go straight to LA and study with some of the greats like you have while also auditioning for roles?
19:18- How did you get all of these wonderful film and TV gigs?
20:40- Could you tell us a little more about the Mars Rover Project?
21:54- What is the comparison between working on stage and working on camera and doing voiceovers?
23:48- How exactly do these film festivals you have done work?
26:27- How did you get involved guest starring on the very popular TV show of Star Trek?
31:08- Is it true that working on soaps require so many different types of training and work ethic?
34:20- Do you have any advice to give to aspiring young actors or their parents in pursuing their career in the acting business?
36:46- So what’s next?