Interview: Model/Actress Brennah Black (USA)
How old are you and where are you from? I'm 22 and from Texas.
How did you start modeling and acting? An agent scouted me with Paige Parkes Modeling and Acting School in Houston. At age 11, my modeling & acting career began, traveling to Miami, Dallas, Austin and Houston to shoot fashion campaigns, TV spots and commercials. I’ve never been camera shy!
What was your first big break in the industry?
I believe every break, no matter how big or small, has led to greater opportunities. I work with all types of personalities. The industry never feels mundane because I love what I do. Set is a blast. I’m beyond grateful for the people I work with and can’t wait for upcoming projects to release. So…my big break? It was becoming the woman I am today.
What has been your favorite job so far?
On the modeling side, I'd have to say my campaign for Tracy N Collection. I had the opportunity to model beautiful evening gowns and shoot with the iconic fashion photographer, Jack Guy. On the acting side, my favorite job was the short film I starred in titled “Not Your Kinda Pretty” directed by Rick Wayne.
If you could model for any brand worldwide, who would it be?
I have never really been a ‘brand’ person, so when I think about a dream job it would be having an epic team rather than for a brand in particular.
Do you find that your modeling experience impacts or play a role in your career as an actress?
How did you transition from that into acting? Modeling has sharpened my skills in front of the camera. It has given me the ability to let loose when the pressure is on. My years spent working in the industry has certainly made me more self-aware and open to what the universe has to offer.
What advice would you give to someone who hopes to have a modeling or acting career?
The entertainment field is an interesting industry to get into. Know yourself and get specific about what you want to accomplish and why. My Capaw (grandpa) always said, “Anything in life worth having is worth working for.” The day-to-day will not be glamorous, it’s challenging. You are required to be your biggest self-advocate to get auditions, train consistently, and be a movie star. There will be much more rejection than success, but it only takes one yes for success! NEVER GIVE UP.
You’ve gotten to work with some major players in the fashion industry; what’s it like being around such inspiring creatives? Who inspires you most as an artist?
There are so many incredibly creative people I create with who continually challenge my opinions & the way I see the world. I love working with a team who enjoys storytelling as much as I do. It’s magical when people who want to be inspired as well as inspire others come together to create cinematic magic.
Tell us a little about your advocacy of positive body image. How did this passion come about and how do you translate it into both your work and your everyday life?
Body positivity (or the lack there-of) has always been something I was aware of since a young age. I have experienced many strong women and men who have found their relationships with their physical form difficult, as we all do at times. I subscribe to the concept that strong women have to build up other women. Every person has intrinsic beauty. Despite what today’s imaging and marketing can lead us to believe, beauty is beyond the surface.
What health and wellness tips do you have for young women?
It's all about balance and self-acceptance. The number one question I get asked by young women is “How do you get in shape?” The reality is that I try to live "in shape.” I workout at least 3 times a week, eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. I allow myself the freedom to eat whatever I want - in moderation - and set realistic goals so I can comfortably keep my body healthy.
What’s your top beauty tip?
Vitamin E oil is my go to for glowing skin. I love applying vitamin E oil to my skin every night before bed. It helps skin that is slow to heal due to free radicals that prevent the healing of damaged tissue.
Do you have a daily beauty routine for morning or night that you’ve been keeping to?
I wear SPF every single day and I’m consistent with my daytime and nighttime skincare routine. I love Francesca Paige Skin products. They are cruelty-free! I’m drinking more water to neutralize my coffee intake. I always take my makeup off and cleanse my skin after working out.
When you're not busy modeling and acting, what are some of your favorite things to do?
I love to read. I recently read the book “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero. It was life changing…a must read!!
What are your favorite meals to cook?
(One nutritious meal and one indulgent) My partner is quite the chef so I will admit that my cooking certainly isn’t the best in my house! I’m a sucker for pancakes.
What's your favorite snack? Can I name a few or is that breaking the rules?
Pistachios, grapefruits, or bell peppers and hummus. Delish.
Where is your favorite place to travel?
Roatan, Honduras. My parents got married there and I cherish the memories I’ve made in Roatan with my friends and family. I love traveling to tropical destinations. If I could live everyday sporting a bikini in the sun, I’d be living the dream!
What is your all time favorite movie and why?
‘Basic Instinct’ is hands down my favorite movie of all time. I love Sharron Stone and Michael Douglas. I appreciate the intense homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Everything from the score to the scenery of San Francisco paints a love letter from director Paul Verhoeven to Vertigo, but nothing so much so as Sharon Stone’s iconic look as Kim Novak. And of course, the famous cross/uncross interrogation scene…‘nuff said.
Where do you love to travel to the most (for work or play)?
I’m heading to Cabo San Lucas in a few months for a swimwear campaign; it’s definitely one of my favorite destinations.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Within the next five years, I want to be a lead actress in a television show and have starred in a few feature films. Acting is my biggest passion. There is something so beautiful about being unapologetic for the way you look and feel. I love looking for that kind of beauty in telling other peoples’ stories. I’m finding the more time I spend looking for that in the roles I’m playing, the more I find it in the people I experience on a day to day basis, including myself, which is magical.
Photographer: Jesse Peraza