St. John's Confidential File
Brenda Bolanos-Ivory: I'm An Actress!
By Michael St John
Mar 16, 2013 - 10:02:52 AM

HELLO AMERICA!What makes those of us who are in show biz quite different from the normal world is our passion and love in making other people happy. As long as we can hear the applause and laughter and yes, sometimes tears, nothing makes us dance for joy more. And actress, writer and teacher Brenda Bolanos-Ivory is one fine example of this.


MSJ: Growing up what are your earliest memories of Hollywood and why the world was so hypnotized by the films it produced?

BI: Films are like real life on steroids. We get to see a whole lifetime in two hours.  I was entranced in the ability to experience other people’s lives through film, and as an actress, act out other people’s lives. These stories must be told to make the world a better place.

MSJ: Who were some of the actors that impacted your life and imagination to the point that you decided that being an actress was the only thing you wanted to be?

BI: Lucille Ball brought me in with her humor and her willingness to do anything to be part of show business. I feel the same way.

MSJ: You are also a writer, what kind of stories or scripts do you joy most as a writer?

BI: I love scripts and stories that make you think. Anything Aaron Sorkin writes, and there are so many other talented writers in town. I love it when the character either grows with the script or deteriorates.

MSJ: Did you find being a female was a help or hindrance?

BI: Being a female actress is finally equal with male actors. All of us are expected to look good and do nudity. I found Hollywood to be generous to all actors who are dedicated to giving 100% to their part and the project.

MSJ: How did you feel appearing on stage as an actress for the first time?

BI: My first role was a French maid in the play Once Upon a Mattress. She could only say one word; "yes." When the audience roared with laughter, I was hooked.

MSJ: As an actress what was the most terrifying experience when working in a production of any kind?

BI: I was in the T.V. pilot for Japan's Miami Vice. I was the lead girl at a beach party which was great until I had to do drugs for a closeup. I never did drugs and stayed away from people who did so I had no clue. I pretended to smoke drugs and the director was happy. Maybe he didn't know what it was supposed to look like either.

MSJ: What did you find were the major challenges being recognized as some one who had talent? And how did you overcome them?

BI: I was recognized as having talent at a young age. I even had a fan club, a group of neighbors, in 10th grade. It confused me how some people thought I was perfect and could do no wrong, while others didn't like me at all and I was bullied.

MSJ: When following your dreams did it change your view of yourself and the world very much?

BI: Following my dreams changes the way I think about myself. Every time I complete another project, I feel great when it's is done and the audience is entertained.

MSJ: Who are you at this point in your life as an artistic, creative person? Does it make you smile and feel good?

BI: I feel great. It's fun and amazing to create something from nothing. Whether it's a character I play, one I write about in my own scripts, or writing books, and songs. I know the art I create is unique because a piece of me is forever given to the project.

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