We had the good fortune of connecting with Bridger Trent and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bridger, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking begins with the dissatisfaction caused by the lack of courage to get up and fail. Without risk we find our beds to be our best friends, and instead of Netflix as a reward it becomes our identity. I’m currently reading Frank Hubert’s Dune and he says it best, “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” With fear comes the lack of risk, and without risk comes ordinary. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be extraordinary, or at the very least unordinary any day of the week.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Despite the recent pandemic of 2020 I have been blessed with many different opportunities for work. I’ve spent the better half of the previous year working on student films such as Saving Grayson with the newly graduated Breck Cuddy from The New York Film Academy (NYFA). And short films such as Smoke Signals with the very tenacious Meredith; in addition to, a TV Pilot currently undergoing post production. Not only have I been in front of the camera, I have recently begun learning behind the camera operations as well. Justin and Amber Sterner are two of the hardest working professionals I have ever had the privilege of working with. They’ve been working tirelessly for the past few years at teaching young talent in the arts, and I am excited to announce that during the summer of 2021 they plan to take the next steps by offering camp intensives for the building up of their incredible acting studio, Rising Action. I am very proud to say my brother, Jackson Trent, and myself will be partnering with them in attempts to help bring this studio to the next level. I am thrilled to announce that I have recently signed with the Salt Modeling Agency and am looking forward to working with the fantastic Madeleine Almering with great expectation. Although I’m relatively new to the modeling world, venturing out to new and exciting locations for a good shoot is ever so exciting to me. So if you’re reading this and want to collab, let me know!
But when I’m not filming, being filmed, or having a photoshoot you can find me painting abstract art with my mentor and friend Russ Williamson in our very prestigious studio… his garage. In using my Synesthesia we have discovered my ability is accentuated when listening to specific types of music. For instance, we both listened to Blue Jazz as we painted a beautiful gold and blue piece of abstract. For reference, please see my pictures below!
As I have many fingers in different pies I find it exhilarating to try out different art styles. Whether its painting a picture with paint or emotions, art is a beautiful thing I hope we all can enjoy and love in many different ways.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Atlanta provides many different options for a perfect week of adventures. I recently had the opportunity to treat some of my friends to a few of what this state has to offer. Whenever anyone comes to visit it is essential to take them to the Georgia Aquarium, Coke World, and Stone Mountain. Each provide a variety of different activities that contributes to fun and unique experiences. For one, the Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the United States and is home to four school bus sized whale sharks located in a tank the size of a football field! When you are finished gazing at the stunning sea life you can make your way over to the just as impressive Coke World. Here you can learn every piece of information on the world’s favorite beverage with the exception of its ever so desired recipe, naturally. Upon quenching your thirst at the end of the World of Coke, you can equally quench your hunger at the famous Varsity Diner. “What’ll you have!” Is the greeting you receive when it’s your turn to order. My personal favorite is their chili dogs and frozen orange soda. This endeavor could all be accomplished on a single day, or if you’re a little less ambitious, a party could enjoy their experience spread out over a few days. For our more adventurous guests Georgia provides an excellent walking trail that is a mountain. Yes, Stone Mountain. While it may just be a mountain measuring a distance of 2.2 miles, it also includes other attractions sure to keep you and your friends entertained all day long. From the sky rope course to the 4D Journey to the Center of the Earth all the way to the mesmerizing laser show towards the end of the day, one is sure to enjoy every moment of what Stone Mountain has to offer. Because I’m a bit of an extrovert I sometimes enjoy nice outing to places near the city, and one of these places is Little Five Points. A hip part of town brewed for the young and bold. I once saw the brilliant Bruno Major in Little Five points with my sister and will always remember that awesome night. As you can see, Georgia presents a multitude of many different activities, and more, unique to this state. I hope you’ll check out a few of these places if you ever find yourself in Georgia!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Great question! And to which I have many answers. After reading over the question I can’t help but see the similarities between an acceptance speech followed by an award of sorts. One must thank everyone who’s helped them reach any level of success, because without any one person along our journeys any achievements could easily be for not. That being said let me begin my acceptance speech in this manner: Throughout my relatively short journey of life I’ve had the privilege of meeting some amazing people. People who have helped shape me into the person I am today. What is a person if they are not made up of convictions and morals inspired by others? At least, that’s what I believe.
Due to my non-traditional upbringing I’ve been subjected to many different obstacles in need of solving. These trials create a heavy demand on solutions. Keys, if you will, only possessed by few individuals, and without these ‘keys’ we are hopeless at reaching the next floor of challenges. Although there are quite a few people deserving of great thanks I will only name a few in hopes to keep my answer short and my readers interested.
Firstly, I’d like to give a shoutout to my mother and father for instilling in me everything needed to become a strong follower of Christ and a successful teammate in this world. While understanding ones limits is crucial, I fear we gravitate and over stress ‘self’ in today’s date. Teamwork is the well oiled machine capable of great potential. The lone wolf dies alone.
Secondly, I’d like to thank my siblings, Jackson and Elaina, for introducing me to Ms. Acting. Without them I’m positive I wouldn’t be an actor today. While in middle school I witnessed my brother honing his craft, and how he was rewarded in laughter as he continuously won over each and every audience. How could I not want to act after such a display of genius?
Thirdly, I want to thank my friends, past and present. We must realize that some friendships are seasonal, while very few are truly friends through any terrain. To the loyal ones who’ve stayed by my side through the worst and best. You know who you are, and I’m forever grateful for you all. They say that your friends are the family you choose, and I couldn’t agree more.
Lastly, I want to give a shoutout to the masters of each craft. Determination, resolve, and sacrifice are all necessary ingredients for greatness, and because of them I am constantly inspired to be greater than I am. To wake up and slay the dragon every day, regardless of the outcome, for the true victory is found in the doing and less in the wanting.
Breck Cuddy Jessie Sterner Leah Perry