Bryant Hernandez is an actor (Member of Actors Equity Association,) Director and a Playwright.
What projects are you currently working on? I am currently working on adapting my play, TRICKS, that was written in 2003 as a screenplay. I am currently working on the second draft. TRICKS is a story about a married man who visits a male hustler and is looking for love. The male hustler refuses to service this man because he cannot provide love, only sex. In addition to the play, I am also working on various photography projects.
How has the pandemic affected or shifted your practice? This pandemic changed a few things in my life. Theatre is my life, it’s a place where we tell stories on stage to an audience. There’s communal energy. We have actors, a crew as well as an audience all together in one space – sharing our energy-building humanity. This pandemic sort of stripped that away from us. It created isolation, which is good and at the same time bad. The good is that it allows us to truly learn about ourselves and accept ourselves if we can. It allowed me to write, to venture on a different outlet. I would like to do a film. I would like to play the character in my screenplay. It’s bad because as humans, we need each other. I miss hugging people. I miss meeting a friend over happy hour, going to a museum, galleries, the movies or the theatre.
What has your journey been like as a creative/artist/small business owner? My journey has been like a river. There would be times the current would take me on an exciting, yet smooth ride, enjoying the view and just going through, then at times, you hit areas that are bumpy and faster so you have to hold on tight so that you won’t fall off. Then all of a sudden it’s smooth. Then it shifts and it’s fast and you have no control and all of a sudden it’s like Splash Mountain and you go down that waterfall, you fall off so you’re flowing against the current trying to swim back up on the raft. You could either drown or keep swimming. There were a couple of times I wanted to give up and drown but I took that deep breath and kept swimming until I reached the raft. I’ll climb back onto the raft and allow the currents to take me there. You never know what the river will be like, however, I continue to keep swimming the moment the river bumps me off the raft.
Do you have any tips for up-and-coming, or rising artists/creatives? People and (even yourself) will try to convince you that art is not a job. You have to ask yourself, “why do I do this? Why do I allow myself to put my energy, heart, blood, and soul into this?” When you figured that it comes from the inside, then you know you’re an artist. Don’t allow people to shut you down. Just nod and create. Keep swimming and get back onto that raft. Take risks for you to find your own art within yourself.
Visit Bryant Hernandez Website at www.bryanthernandez.org