We had the good fortune of connecting with Bryshan White and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bryshan, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Balance is something that I have constantly searched and yearned for, especially with my journey as an Actor. I’m a part of a generation in which we all feel that we have to be working our hardest, and to our fullest potential every second of the day. That is quite tiring to be honest, considering that some days all I want to do is eat ice cream and watch crappy reality TV and forget about my problems. This “work work work” idea is also something that is plastered all over social media which is tricky because sometimes a simple scroll on Instagram makes me question if I’m even doing enough, why I don’t have what others do, etc. My work/life balanced has changed and evolved simply because I’ve learned to not put unnecessary pressure on myself. What works for me, doesn’t work for everyone, and vice verse. Plus. what’s life worth if there’s no fun involved? Balance is just that; balance. And its important, especially now. As an Actor, I have to balance my regular life with the actor life, and then balance my day job life with regular life, to support the actor life. I have no choice but to have that balance or else I’d be screaming at the top of my lungs.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Acting was something I first got into as a kid, and I loved it. Makes sense though being that playing pretend was always something I did and enjoyed. After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles in 2016, I moved to Atlanta for a fresh start and with clear intentions being that a lot of the film/tv industry is in fact here. And it’s been quite the journey. What sets me apart from others is that I’m me and they’re them. Right now, I am most excited about work that is to come. I also have some really great headshots that I feel represent me well. I got to where I am today by not giving up, even when it wasn’t easy. And I have no choice but to continue to strive for my goals. I didn’t come this far for nothing.
Lessons I’ve learned are: Be yourself, Ask for help, Go and meet people. Did I mention ask for help? Oh, and be a good person. It’s more rewarding than being mean. What I want the world to know is that BLACK LIVES MATTER. The way black people like myself are continuously devalued whether amplified or not, is not okay nor is it something to ignore for self convenience. Furthermore; BLACK ARTISTS MATTER. REPRESENTATION MATTERS. It matters because young black kids, black adults, POC in general deserve to feel like they see themselves in media, and that they can relate to something or someone that may seem out of their reach. My hashtag #findthebryinyourlife is a sentiment to finding the good in your life. Finding that thing that makes you happy and prepared for success.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For the daytime: Piedmont Park HIGH Museum of Art Atlanta Botanical Garden Walk through Little 5 Points
Go have lunch at: Huey Luey’s (the avocado eggrolls are amazing) or Verde (great tacos)
Dinner: Old Lady Gang (good soul/comfort food)
Night out: Barhopping in Edgewood on a Saturday night
Other: Shopping at Atlantic Station, Phipps Plaza, and Lenox Going to an ATL united game at Mercedes Benz Stadium Breakfast at Egg Harbor Cafe.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
For starters, shout out to Vanguard Repertory Company, and the Windmill Arts Center in East Point. I will always have love for them for taking a chance on me as a professional actor as I was super new in Atlanta. Check them out at https://www.vanguardrep.com/ I also want to shoutout my dear friend Anastasia Wilson who is an actress in town and someone I genuinely look up to, and admire. I can call her, stressed about something, and she’ll remind me that everything is alright. And she deals with my impulsiveness which is a blessing.
Headhsot/Portraits- Chase Anderson Photography Hamlet – Rachel Tooley