Winning isn't everything, but the creative forces behind THE USUAL BS PRODUCTIONS have collectively won over 12 Emmy's! We're lucky enough to have these artists guest moderate one of our upcoming LA Lab Mixtapes on March 22nd, so we took the opportunity to get to know some of the team a bit more.
BRANDON GOINS, is co-owner of THE USUAL BS PRODUCTIONS, and has worked in the entertainment industry for over 20 years. Brandon's most recent projects include Amazon’s 8x Emmy nominated series, Tainted Dreams, in which he received 2 Emmy nominations (2017 & 2018) as the show’s Story Producer and co-writer. A member of both SAG/AFTRA and Actors's Equity, Brandon is currently starring as the longest reoccurring 2nd lead in the hit Off-Broadway production of My Big Gay Italian Wedding and the sequel, My Big Gay Italian Funeral in NYC as well as the touring company around the country.
Fellow co-owner of THE USUAL BS PRODUCTIONS and 3x Emmy winning director/producer, Sonia Blangiardo directs both shows, and it was there Brandon and Sonia began their creative partnership as a writing/producing team and now have several film and TV projects in varying stages of production and development.
As an actor, Brandon has been seen in such films as What Happens in Vegas, The Final Level, and Death OnDemand and such TV shows as Golden Boy, Deadly Sins, All My Children, Scorned: Love Kills, My Crazy Love, Momsters, One Life to Live, Bunk, Guiding Light, and Important Things with Demetri Martin.
Follow Brandon on Instagram to learn about his upcoming stand-up comedy shows around the SoCal area!
What is your education/background? How did you start working in the film industry?
Brandon Goins: I'm a graduate of Western Kentucky University where I majored in both Marketing/Business Management as well as Theatre. My 1st film project was a civil war epic, "The Greatest Adventure of My Life," that was being shot in my hometown of Bowling Green, KY when I was 18. After 2 months on set every day, I was hooked and became a theatre major, then moved to NYC immediately after graduating.
Have you ever done any other jobs within in the industry?
BG: I've worked as a story producer, SAG/AFTRA/AEA actor, screenwriter, comedian, stuntman, stunt coordinator, grip/electric, talent liaison, director, and executive producer.
What made you want to get into what you are doing now? Who or what are your inspirations?
BG: I grew up in a small Kentucky town where my playgrounds were tobacco barns, cow fields, and sinkholes. However, my solace was always the movie theatre. My parents would drop me off at the movies for the 1pm matinee and I would bounce from one theatre to the next until evening watching countless classic films like Star Wars, Titanic, The Matrix, LOTR, Indiana Jones, Forrest Gump, Willow, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Top Gun, Aladdin, The Karate Kid, Pretty Woman, Die Hard, Home Alone, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Independence Day, Hook, Dirty Dancing, Ghostbusters, Good Will Hunting, Harry Potter, Beverly Hills Cop, Batman, Tango & Cash, Shawshank Redemption...the list goes on and on. The entire movie experience thrilled me; from the anticipation as the lights dimmed to the surge of electricity I felt as I left having just been a part of an amazing journey.
What have been some of your biggest challenges in the industry?
BG: Finding a way to set yourself a part from 100s, if not 1000s, of other talents people all hoping and praying to get to do the exact same thing you are.
Any random fun facts about yourself that you're willing to share?
BG: For the last 7yrs, I have travelled all over the country getting to do special appearances and fan experiences as the official Warner Bros/DC Comics.