Photography by: Vince Trupsin
Our first Girl Friday is our very own fashion editor, Briana Lane. Also an actress, host, and musician, she’s sunny and multi-talented, as well as a supportive and loyal friend. Read below to learn all about her passion for music, handling life with dyslexia, her punk-bohemian style sense, and keep an eye out for her fashion posts every Monday here at Move.
Where are you originally from and how did you make your way to becoming a part of Move?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles and sort of have a love affair with the city. I’ve lived here my entire life and it’s very much a part of who I am. Autumn and I met in acting class and have been dear friends ever since. She recognized my passion for fashion and music and invited me to come aboard as of the founding members of Move. Seeing it develop into what it is now has been such an amazing journey to watch and be a part of!
You act and sing, how did you get your start with both and do you prefer one over the other?
I started doing both at a young age. I grew up doing community theater and trained in musical theater through high school and college. Upon graduating, I signed with an agent and started acting professionally. All the while, though, I’ve been singing. A few years ago, I was in a touring indie rock/hip-hop band but then gave that up after I made the choice to act full-time. Singing is still a huge part of who I am as an artist, so I would say both!
I think my biggest challenge over the years has been learning to deal with my dyslexia and ADD.
What are some challenges you’ve had to overcome on your life path?
I think my biggest challenge over the years has been learning to deal with my dyslexia and ADD. I had a really hard time in school growing up. I dreaded reading out loud in class and the only things I could read that I didn’t need on audio tapes, were plays. The spacing of the dialogue happened to be easier for me to read. What got me through those tough years were my parents’ patience and support, a handful of tutors but most importantly, my drive. I went from getting C’s in junior high to straight A’s in high school. I knew I had to work extra hard to overcome my learning disabilities but once I learned how to, I never really used it as an excuse. I know it’s a part of me, it’s still challenging, but it hasn’t gotten in the way of what I want, and I don’t think it ever will.
How would you describe your style & what role does fashion play in your life?
Punk bohemian, with a splash of retro flair. My style is very reflective of different sides of my personality. I’m a huge fan of punk rock fashion. Not only because of its badass aesthetic, but because of the exciting pulse that weaves the aesthetic and genre together. My punk style is definitely a product of my edgier side. I love the juxtaposition between light and dark, masculine and feminine, sweet and spicy so the idea of combining “punk” and “bohemian” excites me! Boho style represents my more care-free and feminine side and there is an earthy, wondrous and light-heartedness that comes from it that I identify with. Lastly, retro style to me, screams nostalgia. I love the idea of being able to embody the essence of an era by wearing a piece of clothing. In my everyday life, however, I’m a big fan of playing with different looks, so my style can change from day to day. To me, fashion is a form of storytelling so there is this interesting parallel between fashion and performing in my life. They both offer different avenues of expression for me.
What are you most enjoying learning about yourself lately?
I’m really starting to love and accept the more masculine side of myself. I’m very much a lady, however, I have this tomboy underneath that’s always dying to come out! Recently, I’ve fully embraced this tomboy persona and realized that she’s not so bad. She prefers beer instead of wine, likes to give high fives, sometimes yells “duuuude!” in moments of excitement, and enjoys air drumming while driving. I’m also starting to see it come through in how I live my life. I have a masculine tenacity in how I approach my career: my determination and drive is not light and feminine, but fierce and determined.
My dream band would be a mix of indie rock, hip hop, punk with a splash of folk.
You are a self-proclaimed “music nerd”, what are some of your favorite bands and if you had to create your own dream band, what would that genre be?
If I had to sum them up, I would have say Radiohead, The Morning Benders, Miike Snow, Jon Brion, The Pixies, Interpol, Patsy Cline, Snoop, Beach House, Rancid, Lana Del Rey, Kimbra, the Foxboro Hottubs and anything Bossa Nova. I really need to stop limiting myself to one genre! My dream band would be a mix of indie rock, hip hop, punk with a splash of folk. How would that work?! I have no idea, but it would be amazing!
What are your best go-to beauty products?
Epicuren’s X-treme Cream SPF 45 because it leaves your skin feeling dewy and prevents sunburns, applying 100% aloe vera to your face before bed, and tons of water!
I know you travel often with your family. Do you have any essential travel tips?
Take a day to travel by yourself. Treat yourself to lunch at a cafe, wander the streets without a map, talk to locals and be still with your own thoughts. We see places differently based on who we are traveling with. I think it’s important sometimes to experience a new place on your own.
What is your biggest career dream?
Playing a multifaceted character on a show I love, with people who inspire me, and getting to both act and sing.
What do you consider to be your hardest won or most treasured life lesson?
I had a short bout with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when I was 19 and couldn’t walk, drive or even pick myself off the couch without assistance. I was in the musical theater program at UCLA at the time and thought, “This is it, I’m never going to perform again.” I promised myself if I could walk again, that I would dance and sing everyday. And now I do…even if it’s in front of my mirror lip-syncing to late 90’s rap jams!
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Trusting and listening to your gut is easy. Acting on it is the tricky part. Do both and you will have the life you want.
I see my future full of art, lots of work, travel, love — and a great pair of boots.
Are you interested in having children and getting married?
I definitely want to get married and start a family one day. However, I’m waiting until I accomplish what I want to achieve with my career first. I’m 26 now so I’m not feeling too rushed in that department…yet!
How do you see your future?
I see my future full of art, lots of work, travel, love… and a great pair of boots.
Girl Friday is a phrase more common to the 1940s and 50s, defined as “a female employee who has a wide range of duties,” and is most recognizable from the film His Girl Friday. Here at Move LifeStyle, we’re resurrecting its saucy vibe for the title of our last column of the week which profiles inspiring women in the workforce.