Day 142 - Brady (1st person I approached)
May 22, 2014 - Brady was on a dinner break from work when I asked him to chat. He told me we had about ten minutes.
“My name is Brady. Like the show, ‘The Brady Bunch’ from television,” he says. That made me laugh because I used to watch The Brady Bunch, and he is too young to even know about that show.
“Well, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the show. But I’ve heard about it. Anyway, yes that’s how you spell Brady.”
The family settled in Beaumont, just outside of Edmonton, Alberta when Brady was about two years old.
“I have two older brothers. I went to elementary, middle and high school in Beaumont. I know one person that I can think of that I’ve known my entire life. I mean, that’s what growing up in a small town is like. Everyone knows everyone else. After school finishes, everyone does their own thing and goes in different directions,” said Brady. Throughout school, Brady was interested in art.
“I’ve mostly done illustrations. Both of my brothers draw as well. My grandmother used to paint. She did watercolours, of fields and flowers. Typical country-like views,” he said.
When Brady was younger, he used to watch movies and saw them as entertainment.
“The first movie I saw that changed all that for me was ‘Fight Club.’ It was the first time that I really became aware of the ability of a movie to carry a message. Not just as a medium but also in the storyline. It was powerful and had a big impact on me. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I’d say it definitely was a movie that changed my perspective. I knew then that I wanted to be a film maker,” Brady said. When he was twenty years old, Brady made the move away from home and came to the west coast.
“I studied at the Vancouver Film School for a year. In hindsight I’ve wondered if I might have been better going to New York, or somewhere else. I’m not entirely sure what I expected. I enjoyed the course and the school, it was just different than my expectations,” he said.
Brady has a part time job that helps to pay the bills while pursuing his film work.
“I’m starting to put together a short film that I just finished writing. So it’s getting all the planning together. Finding my actors, crew and getting equipment. I definitely want to write and direct. It’s a lot of work to pull together, but it’s what I want to do,” he said.
I asked Brady how it feels to be away from Beaumont, where he lived for literally all his life.
“The actual driving away from home that day, that was tough. I’ve been here for about a year and a half now, but I still miss home. I was always the one to be staying home. My mother says she always knew where I was because I was always at home. Now here I am in Vancouver and she doesn’t know what I’m doing all the time. My parents have been out here to visit a few times. My mother loves the city. I’m not sure if my mother comes to visit me, or if she sees me because she’s visiting Vancouver. No matter what it is that I’ve wanted to do, my parents have always supported me. My mother is my best friend. She always has been.” #notastranger