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Exclusive: A Conversation with Actor, Director, and Writer Brian Gaskill

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Brian Gaskill’s abilities are unfathomable and has been superbly illustrated in the countless characters he has represented. Daytime television viewers embraced the commanding Gaskill with roles ranging from a New Jersey/Las Vegas subpar casino honcho (Oscar Marone) on The Bold and The Beautiful,  to an ex-high school geek who has become a tycoon with a makeover and propensity towards absurdity and chocolate milk (BJ Greene) on As The World Turns, and most notably, as a young father, who had a baby as a teenager, and who heartachingly  tried to re-connect with his teenage daughter (Dylan Lewis) on Guiding Light.

Gaskill strode from being in front of the lens to sliding smoothly into the director’s seat where he directed a sundry of independent music videos.  The accomplished Gaskill added to his extensive résumé one with Anne McCue that landed in the top ten on the MTV affiliate, Logo network.

Is there anything Gaskill can’t do? What other facet has Gaskill revealed from his endless cache of talent? He has delved into the incandescently raw alcove of his soul to expose his authentic self. Writing has always been in Gaskill’s DNA. Make It Real is a rousing audio of sketches experienced by Gaskill. Delivered feverishly, heart-wrenchingly, swiftly, and with musings aplenty, Gaskill’s Make It Real is a revitalizing addition when it comes to spoken word poetry.

Gaskill was gracious enough to grant me time for this interview.

Enjoy!

What is your ultimate vision when it comes to your career?

As far as “ultimate visions,” I feel that it’s a little like a wish that you are not supposed to tell anyone, or it won’t come true. I hope it will include happiness, and whatever it is I do will hopefully reach people and maybe make their day a little better.

What are the three key ingredients you must have to make your dreams become your reality?

Confidence, love, passion. I’m just guessing mind you. Who really knows. Do we have control? Is our destiny pre planned?  But I THINK, if you believe in yourself — fill your day with love and kindness and approach what you love with a passion then eventually dreams will become real. Still working on it though.

What does the word perseverance mean to you?

When you don’t give up I think..right?   When you run up against a lot of roadblocks and keep going anyway. Being human is pretty much to persevere or not persevere either way it’s very human.

When you reach your breaking point, what do you do to recharge?

Usually I would have to write — let it out, so I don’t break anymore. There are many things I would do that I just can’t right now, so writing is the next best thing. A release.

What moved you to release your stories as spoken as opposed to written?

I used to listen to Richard Harris reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull when I was a kid on LP — vinyl. I love the sound of his voice and the journey it took me on — maybe that’s why. Mostly I just wanted to do it. I went with my gut and made it happen. I was tired of thinking about it and I knew how to do this maybe more than the “book world” thing. So I went with what I knew. Stopped dreaming and just did it.

What track defines you the most as a man?

I think the whole thing as a full piece defines me pretty well… or one version of me anyway. People are far more complex than any art. I think when we put things on walls and on screens and in books and call it art and entertainment — those things, no matter how hard we try, will be simplified compared to how complex we really are. If only for the reason that every perception will only be one point of view and if I tell you mine again, that will only be one point of view. I am in a process of re-redefining who I am, so maybe that’s why I am reluctant to answer.  I called it Make It Real for a reason.  I want to make things real that seem like only distant ideas and dreams. Once and for all. Hopefully the end of “My Eyes Were Closed” will be me.

Describe your recording experience? Relaxed? Invigorating? Heady?

It was all from the gut. Did it all in one day. I wanted that feeling like it was really happening. Almost live and more tired at the end. A journey. A day trip.

What three books are your go-to comfort reads?

Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler, River of Hidden Dreams by Connie May Fowler, any poetry by James Kavanaugh.  I like a lot more stuff, but that stuff “comforts” me.

 

Click here to read my review of Make It Real.

Make It Real is available for digital download.

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