We had the good fortune of connecting with Judyth Brooke Curtis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Judyth Brooke, how do you think about risk?
Calculated risk is a necessary part of growth and success. When I packed my bags and moved to Southern California, sight unseen, it was a risk. But I knew with every fiber of my being that I was supposed to be here. When I chose a creative career, I knew it was a risk. But it’s one I had to take. I think if you listen to your intuition, that quiet voice inside, you can sort out the bad risks from the good ones. And you have to be brave enough to fail, and brave enough to succeed. You can’t do either without risking something. Both are costly, but the rewards are far greater than never trying. Even failure brings reward, if you look for the lessons.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love telling stories. Making people feel and think. Being an actor allows me to live a thousand different lives, and learn a lesson from each one. I always loved teaching as well, and acting is the greatest teacher, for both the performer and the audience. There’s so much to be gained from a good story. Courage, empathy, wisdom, understanding, companionship. Stories can save lives. They make people feel seen and heard. It’s why diverse representation on screen is so important. Everyone deserves to have their story told. Being a producer means taking a larger ownership of those stories. I get to provide opportunities to others, and create fantastic teams of creatives who all love what they’re doing. It brings me so much joy. It’s not easy. But it’s worth it. It’s always worth it. And I’d say that to anyone with a dream, whatever it may be. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh my gosh, I love this question! My favorite spot is Brass Monkey, a tiny karaoke bar in K-Town. It has an awesome mix of good-time-karaoke-ers and incredible singers. The regulars are all characters and the food is good bar fare. For a chill coffee/tea hang or study place I recommend Cafe Mak, also in K-Town. It’s open late and has a cozy vibe (though the service is typically slow, so don’t come in a hurry). Beetle House in Hollywood is a must for any Tim Burton fan. As is Dark Harbor and Knott’s Scary Farm if it’s around Halloween. Disneyland, of course. You gotta hit some of the vintage shops in Burbank, and Porto’s. Porto’s is a staple for incredibly cheap and delicious food. The potato balls will make any Midwesterner feel right at home. If you’re looking for a dinner at a place that feels truly magical, try Inn of the Seventh Ray. Dining next to the creek with the trees and the twinkle lights makes you feel like a fairy could pop out at any moment. It’s a very special place. And if you’re heading further south, Nick’s Bistro in Laguna Beach has deep-fried deviled eggs that will make you question everything you thought you knew.
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?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to Kim Roberts (Ruse), who has always given me unwavering support and love. She showed me that being a creative is as valid a career choice as any other. She’s been a light in some of my darkest times, and I’ll always be grateful for her.
Monique Sleeper, Phil Montgomery, Justin Carpenter, Dana Patrick