"The next morning I was on a plane to Africa..."
After attending AMTC’s Summer SHINE 2010 Conference, Braxton Beckham’s life took a fast-paced turn. Recently, he starred alongside Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in the feature film, Blended.
How did you get the role of Brendan in Blended?
Well, it started out with an audition tape, and then I eventually got a callback. After that, we didn’t hear from them at all until we received a call to go to an address. We thought it was just going to be another audition place, but to our surprise we arrived at Drew Barrymore’s house! So I went in and auditioned for her and we drove away. Later that day we got another call to go to another address, this time it was Adam Sandler’s home! When my mother and I went in all we did was talk with Adam about the movie and things, and left. Two days had passed when we had received word that I got the part, my mom and I were thrilled but there was little time for celebration because, the very next morning I was on a plane to Africa!
What was the most important thing you learned when filming the movie?
I learned that on a job that the most important thing is to enjoy yourself. I remember days when everyone was constantly joking around and having a good time, and those were some of the best scenes in the movie.
Did anything unusual or funny happen while filming the movie?
There was one time where my movie brother, Kyle, and I were walking around doing nothing when we saw this monkey. It was ridiculously cute, so naturally Kyle and I started making fun of it and acting like idiots. The monkey went from a cute little animal to a beast attacking its prey! It started running after us, and we started running and screaming like little girls! It was hilarious!
How did your experiences with AMTC help you while on set?
It helped me to learn what it is like to wait for your turn on camera and to always be prepared for whatever is going to happen in the next scene. It also taught how make friends and relationships because I believe that networking is the most important part about this business.
What did God show you through AMTC?
The effect that I could have on the world through my acting. People have to look at so many bad people in the business, and having the opportunity to show them better ways of living life is such a great thing. I’m glad that AMTC showed me the ways that I could be improving the lives of so many, to show them the path that God has planned for them. It’s the reason why I do what I do.
What was the most significant part of your AMTC training and the SHINE conference?
The preparation that I went through at AMTC greatly helped to find my agent, which was one of the most important moments in my career.
How do you stay grounded in your walk with Christ?
Just reading my Bible and praying everyday. I go to Church every Sunday to learn about Jesus and what can be learned from Him.
I use the Luke 2:52 Boys Bible and am currently reading through Genesis. I don’t really think I have a favorite verse yet. Right now I am studying the life of Jacob.
What have you found to be the most effective way to bring Christ to the entertainment industry?
Just with how I treat people and letting my actions speak for themselves.
What is an example of a time (in your acting career) that you have faced an obstacle and your faith was tested? How did God help you to overcome that?
On my first script where I had to do something that I wouldn’t personally do in real life, I struggled greatly with pulling the words out of me. So, I prayed and eventually came to the conclusion that it was not me saying this, but the character. I now have this mind set whenever I have to do a similar script. I’m not saying all scripts should be done, but I pray about a script I’m given and really pay attention to the context and character.
What advice do you have for performers that want to bring Christ into entertainment?
Don’t be pushy or judgmental but to hold your values as much as Christ would want you to.
So Jana (Braxton’s mom), your family recently moved out to LA. How has the transition been?
We love LA! We truly felt God calling us to make the move to LA. It was tough at first since my husband and his dad were still working in Dallas. However, God continues to bless us and Brandon was able to find a job in LA about a year ago. We have now officially lived here for three and a half years. This is where we are supposed to be right now and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
What was the best part of Braxton being on Blended?
The excitement of being on the set of Blended was out of this world! We were able to stay in South Africa for six weeks and Atlanta for a month. For me the best part was getting a break from driving around LA all the time. Braxton continued to submit auditions on tape while we were away, but it was nice to get a somewhat small break from the hustle and enjoy working on set. The cast and crew became family to us.
What’s the most difficult part?
The hardest part for me was being away from Brandon (dad/husband) and (sister and fellow AMTC grad) Taylor. They were able to join us in Atlanta. But the time away in South Africa seemed really long.
What is your family up to now that the movie has been released?
Right now we are enjoying the movie being out. Braxton continues to audition and work hard every day. There is no stopping or major slow down. We are praying for God to guide us to whatever project He has next. Can’t wait to see what it is.
Your daughter, Taylor Beckham has been very successful with her music! What is she up to? Does she have any upcoming plans?
Taylor has been working really hard in the studio writing and recording music. She is performing more shows around the LA area. She has a lot of good stuff up her sleeve, I can say.
A lot of parents ask what it is like to have children in the entertainment industry. Will you share some insight as to what it is like have not one, but two children in the industry?
Honestly, it can be very hard on a parent to have children in this industry. This business requires you to handle rejection with grace. That is tough when it’s rejection for yourself, but when it’s rejection towards your child, I believe that magnifies the emotions. I have been blessed with two amazingly strong children who know what they want and are willing to work for it.
What has God been teaching you all lately?
The biggest lesson we are continually learning is God’s Timing. This industry is not for the weak at heart or anyone who believes in overnight success. This is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time and hard work. It also takes a lot of prayer and believing in God’s plan for your life. Sometimes it’s hard to understand why the kids did not get a certain part, or why things didn’t turn out the way we thought they would. But then God reveals his plan and we can see clearly why things turned out the way they did. Just be patient and wait. God’s timing is perfect.
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