Published on August 17th, 2013 | by Nathaniel0
Why Week: Why Bryan McClure is Driving Full Throttle
This featured guest post was written by actor, Bryan McClure. For a previous post about Bryan working on Hawaii 5-0, check out this link: Bryan McClure on Hawaii 5-0.
What motivates me to be an actor? The first thing that comes to mind is, “Where does motivation in general come from and why are some people motivated and why some are not?”
My answer to that is that I think motivation comes from a deep burning desire for something. I can’t speak for what motivates others, but I’ve always been very passionate about my endeavors. Whether it was growing up practicing to be a pro basketball player or studying for my academic work, I have always given it my all. I learned at an early age the concept that “practice makes perfect.” In my heart, I just know that if I apply myself at something, I will be great at it. And when I want something bad enough, I’m willing to fight for it.
And why acting? Well, originally, I wanted to be a pro basketball player growing up, but the problem is- I never grew up. 🙂 I worked really hard at it and was really great at it, but I was always swimming against the current. I had always been passionate about art too, so when I decided to switch gears into the art world, I began to study graphic & web design. This opened my mind to living a creative life. Thus, the creative exploration began and I started to look into all different creative arts. One place I started to look to expand my creativity was with the book “The Artists Way” by Julia Cameron.
“The Artists Way” is a 12 week seminar all about opening your creative mind. I actually read about it on Jenna Fisher’s blog (Pam from “The Office”). While I was doing the course, my mind was very open to listening to what the Creative Spirit brought my way. I firmly believe that while I was doing the process, God moved it in my heart that I needed to pursue acting. So, I dove in with the same passion that I’ve always had for things that I want and as soon as I did, God started letting me know I was on the right track. I booked several jobs that made me eligible to join the actors union, SAG.
With my fire lit, and God sending me signs like crazy, I packed up my bags with several friends and we headed cross country to Los Angeles. We were so excited to be pursuing our dreams. And I commend anyone willing to give their all for something they love. Pursuing your dream can be very challenging, but very rewarding. There’s a lot of hard work involved. It’s not all gummy bears and ice cream sandwiches (which some people might think). There are lots of ups and downs, but I think that is why it is really important to ask yourself the question deep down, “Why am I an actor?” or singer, or whatever other dream you are pursuing. If you are clear on your goals, it’s easier to keep the motivation.
So a few things drive me full throttle: I love the craft of acting. I love getting lost in the material while you are in a film or on stage and when you finish, you don’t really remember what happened cause you were so deeply in the scene. I love being able to explore the human condition. Constantly asking why someone behaves the way they do helps to become a more empathetic and caring person overall.
And my ultimate goal is to someday reach a place in this industry where I can help as many people as possible. This truly motivates me. I want to do great things for the world like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They use their position to help out so many people all over the world; it’s inspiring! Similarly, I want to be in a place to spread love to the masses as much as possible. Now that, really motivates me!