On episode 1 of Going for Broadway, Eryn is joined by long-time friend and fellow actor, Brian C. Coker. Brian has been acting since his teenage years, and is well-known in the upstate South Carolina community theaters, and even starred in Eryn’s first play with her. He loves to make people laugh, especially kids, but theater is his first love. Brian’s dream of acting began after watching The Carol Burnett Show as a kid, and was inspired by Tim Conway’s power to make his costars laugh. He didn’t study acting, with the exception of a class his 8th grade teacher recommended, but has 20 years of experience that has shaped his career.
Brian shares his opinion on whether his improv-style sense of humor can be learned and lists the key players that inspired his style. He demos some of his character voices and discusses his start in mimicking. Brian shares his insights on always learning and growing and how he enjoys watching new talent perform on stage. He also talks about his most recent on-stage roll in Into The Woods.
The show wraps up with Brian discussing his love for the stage as he provides insightful tips and advice for stage and film acting. Brian tells aspiring actors to keep taking chances and learning from their mistakes, and gives parents a push to be the loving and encouraging parents that young actors need.
In This Episode:
1:57 – What started your interest in acting?
2:56 – Did you study anywhere?
3:53 – Eryn and Brian talk about having a sense of humor.
4:52 – Can a sense of humor be taught?
5:39 – Brian talks about character voices, and where they come from.
6:54 – Learning your craft throughout your career. Always Learning, Always growing.
8:17 – Are there things that have become routine as an actor?
9:57 – What are currently in, and preparing for?
10:26 – How’s that “singing” going for you?
10:59 – Brian talk about his TV commercial work and the audition process.
12:30 – Eryn and Brian talk about radio ads and voice work, and movies.
13:53 – What is it about the stage?
14:54 – What do you do as your full time job?
15:39 – What advice would you give to me and other aspiring other young actors?
17:15 – What do you think is the biggest difference between film and stage?
18:18 – What advice would you give to the parents of young actors?