Don’t Memorize the Performance, Memorize the Words
Witty and lively, Britney Young previously starred on Netflix’s wrestling-comedy “GLOW” executive produced by Jenji Kohan (“Orange is the New Black”). Young played ‘Carmen,’ the daughter of a wrestling dynasty family who wants to be a wrestler, but is not yet prepared for the Hollywood limelight. Inspired by the short-lived but beloved show from the ’80s, “GLOW” tells the story of Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), an out-of-work, struggling actress in Los Angeles who finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, and raised in Eagle River, Alaska, Young loved exploring her dad’s 1980’s movie collection. As an eight-year-old, Young reached to the top shelf of the collection and pulled down “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” She became fascinated with how this film was created and shot and wanted to know how the cameras could capture all the action and how Harrison Ford could memorize two hours of dialogue. This was the early start of Young’s interest in film production and acting.
Young graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and was soon drawn back to her home state of Alaska, where she landed her first production job on the film “Big Miracle” starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski. She continued to work in production on several films and TV projects some of which include “Savages,” “Joyful Noise,” “The Campaign,” “The Mentalist,” and most recently “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” where, as the Executive Producer’s assistant, Young closely worked with the show’s creators Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna.
After working in production for several years, Young landed one of her first acting roles on a friend’s web series titled “Ana Mead.” While filming this series, Young met her current manager and realized her true passion was in front of the camera. Young continued to audition and landed a recurring role as “Little Debbie” on TruTV’s “Those Who Can’t,” followed by roles on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Better Things” and landing her biggest role to date as ‘Carmen’ on “GLOW.”
“Nobody is going to let you be something if you don’t let yourself be that. I’m never going to be an actor if I’m not an actor myself. I’m not going to be a producer unless I’m a producer myself.”
“Be the actor you want to be and then those opportunities will come, but you have to be okay with making your own opportunities if they’re not there.”
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