Julian Brittano is not only a rising actor on the move, but an activist and voice for various cause based organizations for women. We spoke with him about his new partnership with IAW ( formerly NAPW,) along with taking a deeper look into the man in front of the lens.
Most fans know you from being apart of the “Greenleaf” show cast, which is produced by Oprah Winfrey. What were you doing before acting, and how did you get started.
I owned a club and restaurant in Virginia. Fortunately for me, I ended up having to be shut down. It messed me up for a little while, but I bounced back. I was alone one day and came to a place of clarity within myself of who I am. So the path began from there starting as a background actor for two weeks to landing on Greenleaf.
As a previous club owner and entrepreneur, how did that experience prepare you for life as an entertainer on the big screen?
Well, on the big screen and tv it is my responsibility to (entertain)engage the viewer, and have them connect to the story. So I’m able to use all of my life experiences as an entrepreneur and club owner, which has allowed me to connect and interact with many different types of cultures and lifestyles.
We know that preparation is key with anything you want to do in life. What are some things you do to prepare your each role you take on?
First I like to look at the overall vibe of the story/ agenda. Once the main characters are identified, then I imagine how my role assists in the story.
Touching a little more on entrepreneurship, what are some things you learned about overcoming failure, being persistent and consistent?
My perspective on failure is simply another opportunity to perfect ones ability to handle a given situation. We all have differentiated learning. So each consistent and persistent attempt at something allows you to learn every aspect of your business, which is a core value of being an entrepreneur.
You seem to have a deep connection working with various women’s organizations. Tell us about your experience with them, and your connection to these organizations as a young male.
As a man that was raised by strong minded women, I was privey first hand to their perspectives and views on different social issues. I’ve also been blessed to have some close female friends that confide in me. With that said, when I realized I had a platform that I can help open up conversation amongst the community by stepping into a gap that most would run from. I’m learning more and more each day that I lend my support and time to help the women empowerment movement.
Speaking of women’s organizations, Tell us about your new partnership with IAW ( formerly NAPW), and was it so important for you partner with them in particular.
They offer a valuable resource of collective networks amongst women of three generations due to the commonality of entrepreneurship and business. I feel like partnering with groups like IAW in particular adds a component to my SOW (Save Our Women) initiative. Which at the end of the day thats is why RTB is a great platform for all women to come together, celebrate and learn from one another.
What are some of the goals that you hope to accomplish through your partnership with this organization?
I would like to see more balance in our society at large between men and women. I also am believing that this will serve as a platform that other male supporters can join in and assist.
What are 3 things your fans don’t know about you that you want them to know?
1. I play multiple music instruments.
2. I used to be 320lbs at one point. But thru dedication and patience, I dropped down to 240lbs, now Veggie Life is what I enjoy.
3. I can only come up with 2.
What advice do you have for upcoming actors and importance of having patience on your way to the top?
You must be patient as well as equally aware of YOUR timing. Not what other people expect or intend for you. Know your own intentions, and why you want to attain certain levels of success. Many people want it all for the fame and popularity. I say, that will all be there if you commit yourself to serving humanity first with your gifts and talents.