Oh the pressure! First blog post for the new website! A whole blank page in front of me, what should I fill it with? Well, I guess I can tell you a little more about myself and this blog. My name is Kendal Brenneman, and I’m a native Pennsylvanian who transplanted herself to Los Angeles over ten years ago, and in 2011 moved again to France. I’ve been acting in small films, doing a bit of modeling here and there, and whenever I have the extra money, taking fun classes like aerial silks and burlesque. I have a lot of interests. For a long time I was stuck in L.A. just working to pay bills to, well, stay in L.A. Because that’s where the actors have to be, right? But I finally got fed up with it, got lucky with some online work, and decided it was time to do something I’d always wanted to do – live outside of the US. So I left, and settled in (or near) Paris, France, since it was another large city where things are being filmed every day. Mostly in French, so learning French has been a goal since I landed. I managed to produce a short film (in English) last year but somehow have not gotten as far as I thought I would, being here. I thought being different would be an asset, but it hasn’t quite worked out that way. So, coming up on 2013, I decided that I needed to rethink my plan. I spent much of my life in LA just getting new headshots, submitting for other people’s projects, waiting for phone calls from agents, doing background work, chasing my tail. I came to France to create a web series, but realized 1. I’m not much of a comedy screenwriter. I mean, I’m not a screenwriter at all! And 2. A good one is hard to find. So that project stumbled to a halt. I don’t want to be a producer. I don’t want to be a screenwriter. I admire the people who can do these jobs, but these are actual JOBS, and neither of them are MY job. I have no training and have no interest in it. What’s an actress to do?
So I decided perhaps the best thing I could do is build on what I have, and do what I love. I’ve been keeping a video blog for years, with a slowly growing number of subscribers. Perhaps, I thought, I could make my life into the show. Go out and do the things that I want to do. Explore the world. Share what I find. I don’t know what I’ll find, and I don’t know how this blog will evolve. I’m not a professional blogger. I’m not even a writer. I’m quite ashamed at my lack of writing skills. Especially since as a young girl I wanted to write fiction. What happened?? Well, one of my goals with this blog is to write consistently and get better at it! I’ll add that to the growing list of things to do in life (which you can find on this website and keep track of how I’m doing!)
So here I am. I’m just a girl from Pennsylvania who followed her dream and is still following it. And now I’m going to let you in on it, as I go forth with this new plan. And what is the plan, exactly? Right. Well this year I’ve decided to focus on my musical talent, write some songs, improve on guitar, perform and record them wherever I can. AND I plan to meet filmmakers wherever I go, to collaborate on projects. AND I plan to seek out other creative people who are following their dreams and interview them for the blog, for more insight on how people are surviving and thriving in their creative lives. Anything else I should add? I don’t know, you tell me! I’m up for suggestions.
So thanks so much for stopping by, and don’t forget to subscribe here and to my YouTube channel. I might start a new one for this blog, but don’t worry, I’ll let you know about it. 😉
Next time…. unexpected changes for the new year….