- On June 29, 2017
One never knows what’s in your collective backyard. Brandi Feemster came to theClubhou.se through a search for a local place to work around others. Luckily, that’s exactly what we are all about. Meet Brandi!
1: How did you come to be a member of theClubhou.se?
I was looking for a way to connect with the community a little bit more. After living in Augusta for about three years, I realized that I really don’t know that many people here still. I thought that finding a place to go and work every day, or most days, might give me a way of engaging with people on a more regular basis. Just like I might do if I went to work with the same people every day. So I googled cool working spaces, and I found theClubhou.se.
2: Describe the moment you decided what you wanted to do when you grew up?
I remember one day when I was about 10 years old, I was about to turn 11. I was watching TV and I saw that the Olsen twins were about to turn 10. And I thought, that’s crazy. I’m older than them, and they’re acting on a TV show? I had been doing community theater, you know, since I could remember, so I thought, if these 10-year-olds can act on a TV show, then there’s no reason that I can’t. I’m a better actor than them. Haha!
Of course, it was later in life that I actually made a conscious decision to pursue acting as a career. And that was when I was in college, and I began studying filmmaking. I went to Los Angeles with the program that my university was doing called “Duke in LA.” And while I was there I discovered the reality of the industry that I had wanted to be a part of for so long. So my junior year of college is when I decided that I would pursue a professional career in acting.
3: What do you do in your current work?
I’m primarily an actor, but I’m also a producer and writer for Chrysalis Pictures. I also work remotely doing customer service and accounting for my family’s disposal and recycling business.
4: What is an expertise you have that you would like to share with others?
I wouldn’t say I’m an expert, but I know a lot about TV and filmmaking. I know how to take a project from script to screen as a producer, and what it takes to budget a tv show production. I’m a pretty good portrait artist. Sometimes people commission me to paint or draw them or family members.
5: What are you tinkering with at the moment?
Well, I’m waiting for editing to be completed on a TV show I produced in May. In the meantime, I am working on a new draft of the short film that I wrote a while back so that I can enter it into a screenwriting contest. And I’m always auditioning for any acting projects that come up.
6: What are you interested in learning?
OMG, where to start!?! I want to learn so many things. I want to learn to play guitar. I’m a trained singer, but the only instrument I play is saxophone. I like to know how things work, so coding is something that really interests me as well. I want to learn metal working so that I can create a sculpture idea that has been on my mind for a while. I always enjoy learning from other writers about their process of taking a logline or concept to a completed piece.
7: What is your favorite sci-fi movie?
It’s a toss-up between ‘Contact’ starring Jody Foster and Matthew McConahay and ‘The Fifth Element’ starring Bruce Willis and Chris Tucker.
8: If you have not lived all of your life in Augusta, where else have you lived?
I grew up in Clover, Sc, which is a small town on the northern border. I went to school at Duke University in Durham, Nc. I’ve lived in Greensboro, Nc and Charlotte, Nc. I’ve lived in Los Angeles on and off for about eight years. Right now, I split time between an apartment I keep in LA and my apt here in Augusta with my fiancé.
9: If you could see one thing happen in Augusta in the next 5 – 10 years, what would it be?
I’m really excited about the growing film industry in Augusta. I would love to be able to work at a production company that’s based here in Augusta on an ongoing TV show that shoots here. I think this could be a vibrant and lasting hub for film and TV with the right support.
10: theClubhou.se Core Values are: Risk Boldly, Honor Your Commitments, Be Worthy of Trust, Give More Than You Take, and Share Solutions. Which core value do you best exemplify and why?
Be worthy of trust. I was raised to value honesty, and to never screw someone over, and it’s something that I expect in all of my relationships. I pride myself on being someone that people can share things with, and they know that it won’t end up in the wrong place. I think that when someone gives you their trust, they give you a part of themselves. It’s a gift that should never be taken for granted.