We had the good fortune of connecting with Brett Newton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brett, what do you attribute your success to?
The belief in the product, consistency, and hard work.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m the owner of 2 companies: Weekly Audition LLC & Newton Entertainment Inc.
Newton Entertainment Inc encompasses my acting career, my freelance filmmaking and production, and the brand of LA REELS. This includes any professional SAG acting work I am hired on as a principle contract actor, demo reel production, and any freelance production outside the scope of demo reel production (including longer form narrative, commercial, promo and social content)
Weekly Audition LLC encompasses a new business venture that started this year in 2020 and came from all the script work and Intellectual properties that I have created and own through LA REELS. When I was not able to shoot in person because of Covid-19, I started selling our original scripts in digital format that LA REELS has created in the last 10 years. This digital script product, turned into a full eco-system of Weekly Audition. Weekly Audition is a mock audition service for Actors to train every week with a new script. Each Actor has their own unique profile and sets their points of interest via age range/genres/characters etc, and every week receive a script they want to rehearse with. Our motto is “Actors, you want to be auditioning every week; Train for it”. We are currently in our Beta Testing Phase and will be launching a full roll-out this year. If you’re interested in testing contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Full Atlanta itinerary… go. Day 1 – Right off the plane and directly to Inman Parks’ own Bar Taco. Gotta eat the food and then take a walk around Inman Park, a cute little suburb in the Atlanta Metro area. There’s also amazing gelato literally down a flight of stairs, and then if we’re still hungry we can hit up happy hour oysters at Beetlecat, throw back a martini and gobble up that horseradish!
Day 2 – Morning 18 hole start at Stone Mountains Lakemount (lake side) golf course. I’m horrible at golf, but I’m addicted to it! And that’s ok. Cause I get to drive a cart and drink some beers. After a long day in the sun we head over to Bantam Pub in Old Fourth Ward for some great food and drinks. Say hi to Tim the owner, who’s always there doing upgrades on the bar.
Day 3 – Let’s rent some bikes at Atlanta bicycle barn, and head north on the Beltline, enjoying the sites and traveling up to Piedmont Park. There’s plenty of exploring to be had in the Park, from the active oval, to the flower gardens and all the cool hidden paths. There’s usually a King of Pop’s ice cream cart somewhere around the park to grab 1 (or 2) of three delicious original ice pops. After an active bike day we can head south to the Atlanta Bike Barn and pass it so we can hit up Krog Street Market to chow down on a array of food options, and keep heading south until we hit Krog St Tunnel and the Artwalk on the belt line. Lots of cool artist works against the walls to check out and talk about for hours.
Day 4 – Head west of the city about 45 minutes to Historic Banning Mills Zipline Tours. This is a place I took my wife when we first visiting Atlanta and man do I want to go back!
Day 5 – If you’re a water person, you can always shoot the Hooch with a number of business’s north of the city to choose from. Rental kayaks, rafts, tubes, etc. It’s a great way to chill in the sun with friends and get a little wet.
Day 6 – Time to chill, get a massage in Grant Park at Heal Thyself. Feel free to get a facial or any other body work done while you’re there.
Day 7 – Take the train to the airport. It’s a fun experience and literally goes right into the airport. Say goodbye and enjoy the ride home.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents and my ex-business partner. I was lucky when it comes to family, as my parents taught me that hard work and being open to learn will get your anywhere. They taught me to be open and to find the good in everyone without any judgement, collaboration and friends come from many unexpected places. I watched my father work a job he hated for 20 years and my mother run her own company my entire life all in the name of creating a home for their family (my sister and I). They also supported every decision I ever made, not making judgement, but letting me learn from any mistakes on my own, and always supporting me mentally to do the best I was capable of.
My ex-business partner, Noah Edward Scott (Co-Founder of LA REELS), and still a very good friend of mine, taught me many things about throwing every idea that inspires you out into the world and see what sticks (Blue Sky). During our tenure together at LA REELS we both learned a lot from each other and grew over the years we worked side by side. We built the brand and business of LA REELS from the ground up. The first three months we sat next to each other every day and put together list of our potential clientele, then we launched and our work spoke for itself. Word of mouth was a huge contributing factor to our success and to this day LA REELS has existed for 10 years, shot over 4000 original scenes for Actors and even produced a feature film, “Scramble”.
Noah and I still talk monthly to catch up on our new adventures and business’s.
Instagram: @weeklyaudition @lareels @thebrettnewton
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