We had the good fortune of connecting with BRIE and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi BRIE, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
“Without risk there is no reward”. This is something I remind myself of often. It can be scary to step out on faith and just go for it not knowing what the outcome will be, but you have to take the leap otherwise you’ll never know if you can fly! As an entertainer , singer/ songwriter, actress and dancer my life has operated on a consistent level of risk from the beginning. Every audition or opportunity you’re taking a risk of rejection, or hopefully finding success. Either option always results in a sacrifice and you have to decide if the risk is worth it. I’ve missed birthdays, weddings and other monumental moments in my life and my loved ones lives all for the risk of being successful. I can’t always say the outcome resulted in my favor, but the risk was worth it because you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take and i’ve learned something from every one I took. I was blessed to have the opportunity to tour with Tyler Perry for his ” Medea’s Farewell Play Tour” for the past year and a half but I would have missed that blessing if I didn’t pick up the phone one morning at 9 am to be a stand in until they casted the role. Because I took the risk to go and seize the opportunity they ended up offering me the role the next day. You won’t always get a ” yes” but you are guaranteed a ” no” if you don’t believe in yourself, your gifts and take the risk!Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is to never give up on your dreams or yourself. You could work so hard and not see the results for a long time, but that second you gave up may have been your moment. As long as you work hard and stay humble I truly believe the universe will bring you great things. Also relationships and your reputation are very important in any industry. Always do your best and leave people with a great experience. If you do that they will always think about you for future opportunities.Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love living in the A, It’s so many fun things to do here! My girls and I are foodies so I’d probably start off at Thumbs Up for some breakfast and then hop around the city to The Belt Line and Ponce City. Grab some drinks and hang out around Piedmont park. Or ride bikes on the Silver Comet trail. Im sure we would go shopping , catch a movie or go the High Museum. We’d hit a lounge in midtown or a speakeasy and dance all night then grab some Jeni’s Ice Cream. These are all of my post Covid plans by the way!Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Although a lot of people have poured into me over the years none have been there more for me than my mother Deborah Allen- Gillum. From day 1 my mother recognized my talent and passion for the arts. On a teachers salary she put me through dance, acting and vocal lessons. She paid for headshots, trips from Detroit to LA and New York for auditions , and when I wanted to switch gears and sing she found a way to pay for studio time. All while constantly checking in with me to see if this was still what I wanted to do. She has been my constant source of motivation, I don’t think she realizes it but it’s all for her, she deserves the world and I work hard so that one day I can give it to her. Whenever i’ve had doubts about my future, because this industry is not for the weak she has my back and reminds me of who I am and who’s I am. So yes if there is one person I know has always and will always be my biggest fan its my mommy. So mommy this is for you, thank you and I love you!
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