Charlie Powell



EP 80: Charlie Powell (autogenerated)

[00:00:00] Dane Reis: [00:00:00] you booked it, episode 80. 

[00:00:06] Okay, let’s get started. I am excited to introduce my guest today. Charlie Powell, are you ready for the Charlie? 

[00:00:15] Charlie Powell: [00:00:15] I’m so ready. Thank you for having me.

[00:00:17] Dane Reis: [00:00:17] pleasure. Thanks for being here. Charlie is an Australian born actress and dancer from Sydney, and grew up with a passion for performing prior to pursuing acting. She trained as a ballet dancer for 17 years.  She is a recent graduate of the American Academy of dramatic arts. And, uh, studied at Australia is prestigious national Institute of dramatic arts. 

[00:00:40] Currently she is based in Los Angeles. Charlie. That is a quick intro of who you are and what you’ve done, but why don’t you tell us a little bit more about yourself, filling the gaps, who you are, and a little bit more about what you do as a professional in the entertainment industry. 

[00:00:58]Charlie Powell: [00:00:58] Okay. Buffet. So I’m Charlie Powell. I am 22 years old. From Sydney, Australia. So I moved to Los Angeles about three years ago. Uh, for the American Academy of dramatic arts. And once I got the letter, I knew that I wanted to move to America. It was just something that I’ve always wanted. Um, once I’m moved. 

[00:01:20]It was a very hot adjustment, too. Be across country, away from my family, friends, my pets. Um, but I look back now and there’s nothing that I would regret. I’m so happy to be here. Acting is definitely one of my passions . As well as dancing and yeah, it’s been a grind every day here, but I love it. And it motivates me every day to keep going. 

[00:01:46] Dane Reis: [00:01:46] I love it. And let’s move on to this next section. And Charlie, look, I am a sucker for a good quote. What is your favorite quote? You’d like to share with everyone? 

[00:01:57]Charlie Powell: [00:01:57] Oh, that’s a good question. 

[00:01:59]Um, Um, either be better than the person next to you. That’s probably my favorite one. 

[00:02:04]Dane Reis: [00:02:04] Yeah. And can you expand on that a little bit? 

[00:02:06]Charlie Powell: [00:02:06] , that’s just  a motivating thing is not to be jealous of the bus the next year or anything. It’s just , there’s people out there that are working hard every day. And , if you want to be. Great at your craft. You have to keep up with everyone else. It’s a competitive city and it takes guts to get this. So that’s just a good quote that has inspired me to keep going. And when I have my bad days just to push there.

[00:02:30]Dane Reis: [00:02:30] Yeah, absolutely. You’re right, because. , it’s true. There is always someone out there. Working as hard or harder than you, and you gotta keep it up. You have to know that that’s a real thing and keep driving forward every single day. . . Well, let’s move on to the section here now, Charlie, of course you are an entertainer. I’m an entertainer. And I think that you’d agree. This industry can be one of the most subjective, brutally, honest, personally emotional industries in existence. And, you know, as well as I, that in order to create and have a successful career in this industry, like you’re having now takes a lot of dedication and hard work. And while yeah, there is no rage, this amount of fun and excitement being an entertainer. There are also our fair share of obstacles, challenges, and failures. We are going to experience and we are going to have to move forward through. So tell us what is one key challenge, obstacle or failure you’ve experienced? 

[00:03:31] In your career and how did you come out the other side better because of it. 

[00:03:36]Charlie Powell: [00:03:36] Okay. Wow. , I feel like there’s been an obstacle every day. You know, I it’s a tough industry. Um, my biggest obstacle for me was probably getting representation in the United States due to my visa requirements. it was a tough time. Emailing, . Dozens of people every day and getting  people coming back saying, do you agree in Cod? And I’m like, no. 

[00:03:57] So they’re like, come back when you have this and this and this, and it just. I got a lot of rejection and that was a really tough situation. Cause I just couldn’t catch a break. I was just, I was like, can someone just take a chance on me? , I’ll prove you wrong. I’ll work so hard every day. So that was definitely a big obstacle. Um, I actually signed with a print commercial agency and a manager. They both, um, had the courage to take a chance on me and they didn’t worry too much  because they saw a career for me. 

[00:04:27] So I’m very happy that those people came into my life and believed in me, but that was definitely the hottest of school I had. Cause it took me a couple months to get representation. 

[00:04:38] Dane Reis: [00:04:38] Yeah, absolutely.  getting representation in any city. In general can be very challenging and very difficult. Let alone. Having to add that extra layer of just the straight up legality of it and being able to work in that country. That is crazy. And I’m so glad that you have. Come out the other side and you’ve been able to secure representation and secure your visas. 

[00:05:02]Charlie Powell: [00:05:02] Yeah. it was tough, but I’m so happy now, especially cause they can just get another. You know, blonde hair, blue eye American girl. So it’s just, it’s so easy in the industry that can just get someone else, you know, cause someone’s working just as hard as you, so. 

[00:05:16] Thank you. 

[00:05:18] Dane Reis: [00:05:18] Absolutely. And let’s move on to a time that I like to call your spotlight moment. That one moment in time you realized, yes, I am going to be an entertainer for living or maybe it was, yes. This is what I need to be doing as an entertainer to tell us about that. 

[00:05:41]Charlie Powell: [00:05:41] OK. So I’ve, I’ve had that. A couple of times before with my dance career. That was what I was passionate about before acting. I was a dancer since I was three years old. I did probably 20 to 30 hours a week when I was older, I went to performing arts high school. So that was my passion. Um, I remember one time being on stage, we got a standing ovation and I literally just had goosebumps like run through my body. And I was like, wow, like, 

[00:06:07] What performing feels like this is what I need to be doing for the rest of my life, giving something back to the audience. Oh, I can’t even explain it. It’s just, it’s such a good feeling. And that was definitely a highlight. And I’ll never forget that moment. That was just, that was overall  my performing. And then I got into the acting world when I was studying at, I was doing summer courses at night in Sydney and screen wise, Australia. 

[00:06:32]And just a simple class. With the people that shared the same passion. Just inspired me so much to just keep doing this the rest of my life. , I couldn’t think of anything else that I’d rather do.

[00:06:44]Dane Reis: [00:06:44] Yeah, I love that. And you’re so right. That.  feeling when you get it on stage, that, that goose bump moment when you realized, wow, I have arrived, this is amazing. And it all comes together because it’s also a unique feeling. It’s not something that. 

[00:06:59] You get every single time you perform it every 

[00:07:01] single time you’re in front of an audience, but I love those flashes and they always come up at the strangest of times. I find and. It’s such clarity and so much fun to be there and realize, wow, I made it. I did it. This is what I want to be doing.

[00:07:17] Charlie Powell: [00:07:17] That’s true. 

[00:07:18] Dane Reis: [00:07:18] Yeah, I love it. And let’s piggy back on that question real quick and talk about your number one book. Did moment walk us through that day, the auditions and call backs. If they happen to be a part of it, what was going on in your life? And what about that moment? Makes it your favorite booked it. Moment.

[00:07:40]Charlie Powell: [00:07:40] probably the first one that  comes to mind was I was, uh, A professional cheerleader back in Australia. I was 17 at the time. Um, you have to be 18. I went to the audition and there was a lot of callbacks. And re auditioning with different girls and , I actually successfully made it through and I got the job and I  spent three years with them and I actually got to be in the grand final in 2016. 

[00:08:09]The first premiership they’ve ever won. So that was a definite highlight in my life. . Yeah. So that was my booked it  moment. And yeah, that was my first professional job. So I’ll never forget that.

[00:08:21] Dane Reis: [00:08:21] Yeah, I love it. I love that first time when you realized that, okay, I’ve been doing this and I’m passionate about it, but now you get to do it. You get to get paid to do it, which is. I think mind-boggling, you know, in a way of itself. Cause you’re like, wow, . I can support myself with doing what I love doing. And that is so amazing. And something very few people in this planet actually get to experience. And then also you said you were cheerleading. 

[00:08:46] I love that arena experience. It’s so good with  all of the tens of thousands of fans. It’s. An amazing feeling that. A lot of people simply don’t get in arena experience in their career. And it’s so great that at such a young age, you were able to have that experience. It’s so special. 

[00:09:04]Charlie Powell: [00:09:04] Yeah, it was unbelievable. I’ll never forget it. I think the crowd was around 86,000 people, which is insane. And just to perform in front of all those people,  it’s such a great feeling. And with the group of girls that support you is it was unbelievable. And I’ll never forget that.

[00:09:20] Dane Reis: [00:09:20] Yeah, I love that. And let’s take a moment to talk about the present. What projects are you working on now? What are you looking forward to? And Hey, it’s a weird time. We are amidst this global pandemic. How do you see the entertainment industry moving forward in the next couple of years? 

[00:09:38]Charlie Powell: [00:09:38] So I recently just booked a commercial slash print for AKT, which is  a gym. It’s like a dance space jam. So I actually did that during the grown a virus, which was super strange coming back. To a different, , set with all the rules and regulations now. So that was something that I’ve just been up to. We shot for two days. I think we literally got content for a whole year. 

[00:10:06] Which is fine by them. Cause who knows. The next, but yeah, everyone was wearing mosques. Everyone was being socially distant and sanitize it everywhere.   and yeah, it was so fun to be back on set with people. And socially. 

[00:10:20]Talking to people. 

[00:10:22] Um, 

[00:10:22] That’s a big thing.  other than that, I’ve just been working on my,  Oh one visa, which has been a lot of work, but I’m motivated to get that done.  I’m actually going back to Australia in three weeks. So I’m so excited to see my family and friends, but, um,  in my quarantine, 

[00:10:38] I’m going to reach out to some agents and managers to get some representation back in Australia, to further my career there.  I’m hoping it’s more open in Australia, the whole film and television. 

[00:10:50]Industry. Um, I think it’s going to be more open than it is in the U S and I don’t know, I don’t think everything’s going to go back until, you know, next year in the new year, or maybe when a vaccine is here. So. I don’t know, fingers crossed. 

[00:11:05] Dane Reis: [00:11:05] Yeah, absolutely. I like your insight. And you know what? I, I don’t know what’s going on in the Australia market right now. I’m sitting in a hotel room in my own quarantined in Australia, looking out at Sydney Harbor. It’s beautiful. And I’m definitely looking forward to having some of those conversations with people in real life. And. 

[00:11:22]I get  the sense that Australia is able to move  forward a little bit faster because you know, they’ve managed to control this virus and this pandemic a little bit better than the United States. . , I really hope for the best for you and you come here and you can find that representation and really make things happen for you. Once you get back home. 

[00:11:40]Charlie Powell: [00:11:40] Yeah, thank you so much.

[00:11:42] Dane Reis: [00:11:42] Right. And let’s move on to one of my favorite sections in the interview. I call it the grease lightening round. I am going to ask you a handful of questions. I want you to answer them as quickly and concisely as possible one after another. Are you ready? 

[00:12:00]Charlie Powell: [00:12:00] Yeah, I’m nervous, but I’m ready.

[00:12:02] Dane Reis: [00:12:02] Okay. First question. What was the one thing holding you back from committing to a career as an entertainer?

[00:12:10]Charlie Powell: [00:12:10] Leaving my family in Australia.

[00:12:12]Dane Reis: [00:12:12] , second question. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

[00:12:17]Charlie Powell: [00:12:17] Rules are meant to be Bergen.

[00:12:19] Dane Reis: [00:12:19] Yes. Third question. What is something that is working for you right now? Or if you’d like to go pre COVID, what was working for you before our industry went on? Pause. 

[00:12:31]Charlie Powell: [00:12:31] Networking with people. Definitely.

[00:12:33] Dane Reis: [00:12:33] Absolutely. Especially in that LA market. Absolutely. And the fourth question. What is your best resource, whether that is a book, a movie, a YouTube video podcast, maybe a piece of technology that you found is helping your career right now.

[00:12:52]Charlie Powell: [00:12:52] Movies. Definitely. I wish I’d been watching all the classics.

[00:12:56] Dane Reis: [00:12:56] Ah, beautiful. And the fifth question, if you had to start your career from scratch, but you still had all the knowledge and experience you’ve collected from your career in this industry, what would you do or not do? Would you do anything differently or would you keep it the same?

[00:13:13]Charlie Powell: [00:13:13] I’m happy where I am now. I think I would keep it the same. 

[00:13:18] Dane Reis: [00:13:18] Great. And the last question, what is the golden nugget knowledge drop you’ve learned from your successful career in this industry that you’d like to leave with our listeners? 

[00:13:29]Charlie Powell: [00:13:29] I just be careful who you trust in the industry. Um, it’s a crazy town, especially in Los Angeles and yeah. Keep going, keep striving for what you believe in. Don’t let anyone tell you something different. Just. 

[00:13:42] You have to go with your gut. 

[00:13:43]Dane Reis: [00:13:43] Absolutely. And to wrap up this interview, Charlie, it is time to give yourself a plug. How can we find you? How do our listeners connect with you? Is there anything you want to promote? 

[00:13:56]Charlie Powell: [00:13:56] So you can find me on either INDB, which is my name. Charlie Powell. And then Instagram is Charlie on disco pal 26. And yeah, other than that, that’s where you find me. That’s where my work is my life. So yeah, 

[00:14:14] Dane Reis: [00:14:14] Beautiful. And for everyone listening out there, I have put both of those links in the description of this episode. So you can easily click and connect. Charlie, thank you so much for taking your time to be here and sharing.  all of your journey with us. 

[00:14:28]Charlie Powell: [00:14:28] Thank you so much for having me. I really appreciate it.