Bryan Terrell Clark
Broadway's Hamilton, The New Edition Story, Empire
What did you want to become when you were a child?
I asked my mother this question recently. She told me that ever since I was a baby, before I could speak, I always wanted to be an actor. I said how did you know… She said because every time your favorite shows would come on television you would run in front of the TV and just bounce.
How did your friends/family react when you told them you wanted to be an entertainer?
My family and friends have always been very supportive of my career. I feel very blessed in that way.
How long have you been singing & acting for?
I started off singing and doing poetry in church. My first improv class was in middle school. I went to performing arts high school and studied theater and music in Baltimore Maryland. So I've been doing this for as long as I can remember.
What serves as the greatest motivation for you in your daily life?
Purpose and productivity I think are the driving forces in my daily life. I want to experience life to the fullest, but I also want the world to be impacted by the life I live.
Who inspires you in the industry?
My two biggest inspirations in the industry are Courtney Vance and Angela Bassett. I call them my godparents. They have been the most influential, guiding force and mentor team in my career since I graduated from Yale . They are the example of artistic excellence. And, some of the greatest human beings to walk the earth. I love them.
What aspects of your job do you like best/least?
I'm currently playing George Washington in Hamilton. There is nothing better than to walk on that stage and perform the role every night. At the same time the hardest part is having to walk on stage and perform the role every night… Lol … Except Mondays. 8 shows a week are no joke.
What makes you happiest?
I think as I get older what makes me happiest changes. Right now it's friends and family, and knowing that my work is having a positive affect and effect on people.
How do you bounce back from a personal defeat?
Endurance and Resilience man. This life is a marathon not a sprint. When I'm having my lowest moments... I just remember that the only thing consistent about life is that seasons change. You won't be down always just like you won't be riding high always. We are all built to handle it all.
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?
I'm such a forward thinker. I wish I could tell my Younger self to enjoy every moment. Enjoy these faces and enjoy these places… That is living in the present.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
My biggest guilty pleasures are alcohol and Chinese food.
Describe yourself in five words:
Ambitious, passionate, analytical, powerful, curious.
What was the last book you read that you recommended to a friend?
The Four Agreements, and this book called "The Five Love Languages".
What do you most value in others?
Individuality. There is no other you on the planet. It is a joy to embrace what makes each person special.
Do you have a motto in life / if so, what is it?
I don't think I have a motto in life. If I had to create one in the moment… Something that I feel rings true… I would say always follow the Compass of your heart. It will lead you into the best adventures of your life.
What one thing do you wish to see achieved in the next couple of years?
I've started to do a lot of philanthropic work with Arts education and at risk youth. I would love to see the power of art growing and thriving in communities across the world that for whatever reason have limited access and exposure to the arts and education.
I've also started to have more interest in television film… both as an actor and writer. I've been writing pilots and movies and I would love to explore that medium more.
Any advice for those wanting to become entertainers?
I would tell anybody wanting to pursue a career in entertainment that it can be hard but it is also the most rewarding. Stay focused. Stay disciplined. Keep your joy… And you will find the world will open up for you.
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