We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Buglioli and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I love the entertainment industry because it always presents new obstacles and challenges that help me evolve as an artist and person. I try to say to myself, “girl, you’ve been through worse than this” when something feels insurmountable. My intuition is admittedly pretty sassy. I remind myself that I wouldn’t have the opportunity if I wasn’t prepared for it. Honestly, it’s never the job itself, but the training and preparation that builds character and skill. I finally got to a place where I value the experience more than the outcome. Redefining success as growth is what ensures I feel successful. I’ve fallen in love with the lifestyle of being an actor, rather than chasing a desired result.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I auditioned to play Ulla in the musical, “The Producers”, and was cast as “Hold Me, Touch Me”. I had the time of my life playing a raunchy little old lady. Gretchen Bieber, who was cast as Ulla, told me I’d work forever if I didn’t have “Princess Syndrome”, which in this case meant the desire to only be cast as the lead. I really took that to heart, because I think what might set me apart is my desire to surprise people. Being the star isn’t my goal. I have faith that I’ll play the roles that are right for me. Whether I’m the lead or have one line, I want to make you laugh until you pee, and then turn around and haunt your dreams (sorry not sorry). That comes from going through a range of experiences in my lifetime that I draw on to embody characters, coupled with the desire to move people. I draw on everything. I was sick in my early 20s and was hospitalized for an extended period of time, and survived it thanks to my sense of humor. I’ve walked through extremely dark periods, and call on that to tell stories from my unique perspective, thanks to that set of experiences, not in spite of them. I used to have a lot of shame around not being “perfect” or “making it” when I was younger. Thank goodness that’s the case. I have an appreciation for this craft and industry because of the journey I’ve been on. I needed to live my life to play the roles I’m called to play. That never ends, so when I’m in the midst of pain or adversity, I remind myself that I’ll use whatever I’m walking through, and will hopefully be a better artist and person because of it. I wish I could have told my younger self to just keep putting one foot in front of the other, showing up, messing up and learning because it all works out and makes the wins so much more meaningful. I look back on my life now and feel like I’ve lived multiple lifetimes. And honestly, dating in New York will AGE YOU so I’m practically 97. Don’t I look great?
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?
When my friend Julie visited ATL, I made her a little bingo card with popular places in ATL and we hit as many of them as possible when she visited, including Hotel Clermont, Ponce City Market, The Optimist, the Beltline, etc. We had an amazing time exploring the city together. I am NOT someone who cares about a scene or being seen. I spent 10 years in NYC having bouncers in the meatpacking district judge me as I entered clubs (bless) so I’m very very happy to get takeout from Flower Child and sit on my balcony and catch up with a friend. I’m admittedly a bit of a workaholic/homebody, so I’m open to any suggestions as whoever is reading this 150% knows more than I do. Right now, I’m obsessed with Getaway House, because all I want to do when I’m not working at the moment is turn my phone off, hang with my dogs, read and decompress. Getaway House makes me feel cool about it. Disconnecting is the new clubbing, guys.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There have been countless people who’ve impacted my journey. Count. Less. I have an overwhelming about of gratitude for my mom and dad who have believed in me and encouraged me to pursue a life in the arts. I also had two teachers in London, Tara Lignos and Buck Herron who fostered my career and mentored me throughout my education. My friends also deserve medals for their love, support and cheerleading through the ups and downs, so that might be this year’s Christmas gift. Every studio I’ve studied at in London, New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta has impacted me tremendously. I’m a big fan of the mantra “take the best and leave the rest” when it comes to continuing my education and training, so I’m a huge class nerd. I loved working at Get Scene, studying at Sara Mornell, Drama Inc, and Rob Mello Studios in ATL and I currently teach for Arvold Warner Studio online and have learned so much from Erica Arvold and Richard Warner. I would love to take this opportunity to rave about my incredible team. Jacob and Corey Lawson at Privilege Talent and Tracy Bobbitt at Brilliant Talent have completely changed my life and career. They “get me”, which is the dream for any actor. They’re wonderful people, work incredibly hard and believe in me. We operate as a team and I never take them granted. None of this would be possible without them.
Josh Stringer, Alex Carlton Miller, Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan on Nickelodeon, Transference on Amazon Prime, Your Worst Nightmare on Discovery ID