Welcome to another edition of SIX OF THE BEST, the semi regular part of BRWC where we fire six questions at lovely people. This time, we chat to actress Amber Coyle.
Amber Coyle has a passion for comedy which led her to training at the prestigious Groundlings, iO West, Upright Citizens Brigade, and The Nerdist. She writes her own stand-up routines and has performed in sketch comedy and improv troupes, as well as several YouTube videos. Her modelling and acting career began in Miami.
Amber starred in the Buzzfeed Motion Pictures comedy series, “Up For Adoption”, playing a mother of two teenagers on Go90. She was also recently seen in a guest appearance for FOX’s “New Girl” as Cassie, Megan Fox’s friend. Amber can be seen next in the upcoming pilots “Roofers” and “Bromance.” As well as a feature film called “Branded” which she shot earlier this year. She is now focused on selling her own comedy series she wrote along with her two of her girlfriends, called “The Struggle is Real”. It led them to create their own production company, LadyDigital Productions.
Hello! What you up to today?
Tonight I am going to the Black Jesus Season 3 Wrap Party! Woohoooo!
How did you get into comedy/acting?
I first got into acting in junior high, taking theatre and performing in the school plays. I had way too much fun. I even went on a trip to NYC with the thespian troupe. I knew from a young age this is what I wanted to do. I had big dreams. Comedy is what I always enjoyed most- tuning into TV shows like Fresh Prince, In Living Color, Martin, SNL, Mad TV, Golden Girls…the list goes on. It made me happy to make other people laugh. I was even voted “Class Clown” my senior year. I had family pressure to go to college, even though I just wanted to move to LA and start working as an actress. Life brought me to South Florida, and I started working as a part-time stewardess on a private yacht while attending school. I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design…never to be used!! Throughout my thesis I felt like I knew I had to follow my real dream. I started modelling and acting in Miami. I was dying to try stand-up comedy. I had made friends with a well-known comedian. He saw me perform some karaoke, and knew how silly my personality was, and he convinced me I needed to get up on that stage and move to LA. I had no idea what I was doing or where to start. I just started writing what I thought was funny. First show was at the Improv in Hollywood, FL at the Hard Rock Casino. I was nervous as hell and it was a packed house. I thought to myself, just act confident! And that night I got the highest high. The fire under my ass was lit – I knew I had to get out of there. Luckily I booked a print job that paid enough money to make the big move.
What films/people have influenced your work?
I am a fan of so many legends. Chris Farley is one of my favourites. Tommy Boy and Black Sheep are classics! Wayne’s World, Friday, Borat, PeeWee’s Big Adventure, Half Baked, The Sweetest Thing…So many ridiculous comedies I appreciate. As far as women, it’s hard to be taken serious as a comedian. And it’s hard to not be given a type cast. But I have been pushing hard to break away from that. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Betty White, Kristen Wiig, Christina Applegate, and Elizabeth Banks are just a few of the unstoppable women in comedy I can take notes from.
Tell us more about your production company, and what you’re working on now.
My dream is to have my own show. I am tired of going out on auditions for roles I know are shallow and are not worth my time. I know my value and what I have to offer. But you can’t wait around for a miracle to happen. To be in this industry you have to be tough and callused to say the least. And times have changed, in the 80’s or 90’s I would probably be a series regular by now with my determination and drive. But today, you have to make your own. I teamed up with two of my girlfriends and wrote a TV series about women, called “The Struggle is Real”. It started out as a small idea for YouTube, but it evolved and evolved and we decided to go big! We started our own production company, LadyDigital Productions. With everything going on in the world right now, we feel now is the time for women to shine. The industry is very male dominated. So aside from be creators, writing, and acting- we can now be producers on something we are very passionate about and want to help other women have the chance to get involved and have more opportunities. We are currently pitching the series to networks and know we have something great, its just a matter of time! More info LadyDigitalProductions.com
You’re a Marilyn Monroe impersonator. If she was around in this day and age how do you think she would fair?
I randomly got into being a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like. People have always told me I have a classic, “Old Hollywood” type of look and sometimes got Marilyn Monroe. I decided to do a photo-shoot as her and realised there are agencies that represent people who look like celebrities. You can get booked for parties and events making good money just to play dress up! It has been quite the experience, but not my focus. I adore Marilyn, but I am not her. She was an amazing woman of her time, but I have got to find my own place in Hollywood.
Anything you want to get off your chest right now?
Check me out! www.ambercoyle.com
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