We had the good fortune of connecting with Regina Bryant and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Regina, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
In first grade I started acting, just for fun and the experience, but as I got older I found a genuine passion for storytelling. I love anything that involves creativity and art, to not only breathe life into the stories of those who feel they do not have a voice, but to also give someone a genuine laugh or a break from the stress that life sometimes throws at us. Viola Davis said it best, “Exhume the bodies — the stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost.” To be an artist and use your talents to move someone, positively impact, or just to entertain, is one of the most fulfilling experiences for me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I was born in Toledo, Ohio and acting since I was 6 years old. My mom, little brother, and I all moved to California when I was 12 for me to pursue acting professionally! I eventually attended Chapman University / Dodge College for a BFA Screen Acting degree, graduated in 2020, moved to Atlanta, and have continued to audition and work as an actor.
There will always be challenges no matter what field you are in, but I have found ways to stay motivated and continue to open doors, whether that be staying in an acting class, reading acting books, producing/directing my own projects, participating in the 48 hour film festival, and even studying Viola Davis and Meryl Streep movies lol. Participating in casting director, Leah Daniels-Butler’s Instagram monologue Mondays, is actually what landed me with a manager and 2 agents during the pandemic.
A huge lesson I have learned in the past couple years is how important it is for me to find passions outside of just acting, singing, or dancing. I’ve always had a sweet spot for kids and started my own childcare company in 2021, I make websites and social media pages for small businesses, and I recently directed and produced a short film called “Jade 2” (@thestoryofjade_ on Instagram)! Even though acting is and will always be my main focus, it has been so refreshing to also be invested in other aspects of my interests AND adding to a unique skillset, either behind the camera, in the editing room, or in a completely different field.
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.
OoOOoOoh! Well there is actually still a long list, I personally have, of a bunch of restaurants and experiences in Atlanta that I have yet to try hahaha. But so far! I have come to LOVE JJ’s Fish & Chicken and Rosie’s Cafe, they are my go to places to take friends/family to when they visit. I also really enjoy going to the rooftop carnival at Ponce City Market, as well as the Coca Cola Factory! There is a crazy amount of popular things to do and places to eat here in ATL.
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?
100% God and my family. I have been BLESSED with an amazing support system from day one. My mom, my little brother, and partner, mean the world to me and contributes to every ounce of success I have. They are the backbone of my decision making, my motivation, my encouragement, my constructive criticism, and they genuinely support and cheer me on in all my endeavors. I could not be more grateful for the circle I surround myself with and for the God I serve.