For the Love of Entertaining: A Conversation with Game of Thrones, Stand-Up Comedy + Virtual Reality star Emma Bryant
Emma grew up in a small village near Bristol, where she attended school and gained straight A and A*’s GCSE and A Level qualifications, whilst also attending theatre classes for five years, whilst starring in several musical productions, including “Oliver Twist” and “A Midsummer Night’ Dream”. She got her first part time job at the age of 17 in an electronics shop, working as an assistant.
Soon after, she undertook a training course in marketing and business management, gaining two advanced diplomas, followed by a full time sales management role for a prestigious insurance firm based in the South West. Whilst attending a runway show in Cardiff, she was scouted by a talent agency and soon after featured in several regional catalogues, modelling women’s fashions and accessories. This soon progressed into regular part time work, and eventually a full time role, when the insurance firm she worked for relocated to London, she was invited to keep her role and relocate with them, however this was not possible. She went on to enjoy a successful career in the modelling industry, having worked for established companies such as Playboy, Hustler and Page 3 of The Sun newspaper.
It was through experiencing personal tragedy in the form of a severely abusive relationship that she further realised her true passion was not for posing and looking pretty in front of the camera, but in fact for entertaining, and making people laugh. Through her many contacts gained through modelling and previous theatre training, she secured small supporting roles in Season 4 of Game Of Thrones, Brit feature film “FILTH”, which also stars James McAvoy, and several independent films.
She also proudly holds the title of Britain’s only female professional “Prankster”, having performed in many viral hidden camera pranks for popular YouTube channels. Several national tabloids including The Daily Mirror and The Sun have written features about her battle to overcome domestic violence and pursue her dream career in acting and comedy. She has also gained the attention of online entertainment websites “LAD Bible” and “UniLad”, who have published several articles praising her comedy videos and career/lifestyle transition. Emma’s story also reached her local newspaper, the Crawley News, who she is now also a columnist for. She also recently established herself as a freelance writer, regularly submitting pieces to several online and printed publications of various genres.
In 2016, she was elected as a spokesperson for the women’s charity, Refuge UK, speaking of her experiences of surviving domestic abuse, and encouraging other women to share their stories.
Emma currently works full time in the entertainment industry, and has been cast by ERA Film Studios, and CryptTV UK (The UK branch of Eli Roth’s Crypt TV) as both an operations manager and actress/presenter. She has recently completed two features shot entirely in virtual reality, playing the lead female in both productions.
In our candid interview, The Fan Carpet's Marc Jason Ali caught up with friend of The Fan Carpet Emma Bryant about her career, how she got started in the Entertainment Industry, her involvement with VR and YouTube and working in Stand-up Comedy...
As you said, you appeared in Game of Thrones, what can you tell us about your experience?
Well first off, yes everybody I was in none other than the legendary HBO television show, GAME OF THRONES..... which you probably wouldn't know, seeing as I never ever speak about, or try to milk the shit out of it, like never ever in my entire life!!
Joking aside, the first thing I can tell you about my GOT shenanigans, was that I REALLY should have at least done a tiny bit of research on the show, providing that at the very minimum, I would be able to identify the main cast when I met them! One of the other actresses on the set found it hilarious that I casually strolled over to the food table, and proceeded to slyly steal the last cheese sandwich from under the nose of a guy who was clearly eyeing it up.... A guy who was apparently one of the most important cast members! Something tells me however, that he won't be crying too hard into his paycheck over the elusive savoury snack.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the set in Belfast, even if it did take a good eight or more hours to film one 10-15 minute scene!! I met some lovely people, and let's face it, it ain't too bad a credit to whack on my actor's CV now, is it?! The whole experience also makes for some excellent comedy material. For example, on IMDb someone made a list of the "89 Most Sexy People In Game Of Thrones".... I was number 88. After scrolling through the list of those deemed more worthy than myself, I drew the conclusion that I was considered less appealing than an elf, an elderly wizard, and several blank outlines of random people's heads. Marvellous!
You’re heavily involved with VR, what can you tell us about this exciting new technology and how you got involved?
I will admit that I had next to no knowledge of VR until I began working alongside ERA Film Studios, the film production company who are responsible for the release of the first British feature film ever to be shot entirely in Virtual Reality, "The London Detective", which I have had SO much fun working on over the previous two years, in the lead female role!
It has without a doubt been a fantastic learning journey, as I have gained a lot of experience not just in front of the camera, but behind it too! I have also been informed on more than one occasion (and there is legitimate, factual evidence to back this up) that I have starred in more virtual reality productions (both features and shorts) than any actress in the world.... THE MOTHERSNUFFLIN' WORLD!! Let's face it though, who WOULDN'T want to see the infamous Bristolian big nose in all it's wonky glory?! Seriously though, it is a great honour to be able to state this!
I do believe that VR will be the future of Gaming/ Film/ TV and even studying etc, due to the limitless possibilities it holds. Horror in VR is particularly fun, I was lucky enough thanks to ERA Film Studios to be cast as a lead actress in their Halloween 2017 project "31 Nights Of VR Horror", which was amazing fun, and genuinely quite scary at times! I have also had a few of my stand up comedy shows filmed in VR, which is great fun, as I can get to see the entire audience's reactions afterwards.... At one of my gigs, some dude came up to me and started being critical of my jokes, claiming that he had heard one of them before by a different comedian (Which would be a little worrying, given the offending piece centred around having five cats, and shooting a Page 3 spread for the tabloids about being in Game Of Thrones.... If another person has this on their resume, let alone another f'ing comedian, then I have a bone to pick with them, as I've always believed that just like Tigger from Winnie The Pooh, I am the only one!!) anyhow, this was soon nippled in the Buddha upon watching the footage of my show back, when I could see that he spent the first five minutes eating his Burger King meal, and then appeared to go outside to smoke for the rest of the show, thus proving that he was just chattin' shit, and probably didn't even listen to 90% of my set! idiot!
I hope to continue working in high quality virtual reality productions, and after a little more practice, would love to direct my own production one day, preferably a comedy and/or some prank videos, as I am also Britain's (and more than likely the world's) only professional female hidden camera "prankster", and performed a very fun Father's Day prank filmed in VR with my friend last year, who is very well known in the cosplay community (Which you can watch on my YouTube (Link below.)