We had the good fortune of connecting with Traci Burst and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Traci, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
Every time I entertain the thought of giving up, I try to imagine doing something else and I can’t, a new opportunity presents itself or I book a gig or get a call back. It’s time consuming being an actress and sometimes I dread doing certain things but once I get started prepping for an audition or anything I light up and I get SO INTO IT! Then I laugh at how I thought I would give up!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Well where do I start. I’ve always been told I should model since 13 years old. I took lessons for modeling and etiquette etc but never got into it. After I graduated college I thought to myself okay now that I’m finished with school I can chase this dream of being a creative, then I thought acting! I love the idea of being someone other than myself, to really be believable, to be seen as someone else and still be me, that’s the creative, that’s the art I want to create ( why I thought I needed to have a degree first, I don’t know. Sounds ridiculous) haha.
I didn’t know where to start but I wanted to be an actress. I knew like anything else I needed training so I started taking acting classes in Dallas at S.T.A.G.E and instructors gave me common sense game i.e you shouldn’t have to pay to audition or to be apart of something, you need an agent in Texas to get work, you need to invest in yourself first because if you don’t why would someone else.
I wasted money before I got this information from S.T.A.G.E on photoshoots not of good quality and marketing myself wrong. I quickly started researching how to get started in depth. I eventually spent $300 on quality headshots, did a few low paid extra work to slap on my resume, all of my training classes at the time 5 and mailed my resume and heads shots off every 3 months for a year and got signed with The Linicomn Agency. I become Sag-Aftra eligible after 2 years at the first agency to give me a shot. Everything was history from there.
I am always willing to help others get started, give advice, make connections, and grow. My cup is never full and I like it that way. I keep an open mind going into everything I do. This choice isn’t easy but it’s not hard either, there is a lot of rejection but that’s part of it. You just have to roll with the punches.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well you can’t come to where I live and not go to the stock yards in Fort Worth, 7th street to have craft drinks..I LOVE a good craft drink. Then there is this arcade called FREE PLAY with old school video games.. yes, I love to game.
Dakota’s steakhouse is a must! Then followed by Catbird in Dallas it’s fire, it feels very VIP you’ll and you will need reservations to sit down and have drinks.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Oooooo. Well for starters my sister has always supported everything I do, no matter what! She is Day 1!
I do have a supporting partner that picks up the slack at home when I’m swamped with other things. Honestly I don’t know what I’d without him.
Last but not least my social media support group on IG they know who they are. A bunch of talented actors and actresses that have given me advice, sent me audition info, encouraged me, and calmed my nerves they are truly humble people, very thoughtful and real!
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