In Episode 277, Trev sits down for Part 1 of his conversation with Ana Carolina Valverde and Brian Ruppenkamp—otherwise known as Those Annoying Vegans—to chat about building a platform in a post-acting life.
That awkward moment when…
… you realize you’re not the same person you were 5 years ago.
Or even 2 years ago.
As artists, personal evolution—often the uncomfortable kind—is required. If we’re not consistently testing the boundaries of our perceived identity, the vision of the world we stand for, and what we want to be creating with this finite time given to us on this planet… we’re backsliding. Becoming obsolete. Losing our edge.
So what’s an actor do when they realize that what they’re currently doing isn’t working? When the means no longer justify the ends—because those ends have changed?
Ana and Brian have both found new purpose and new energy in their latest venture as Those Annoying Vegans: one-part vegan cooking show, one part activism-fueled YouTube channel, and two parts creative expression. By following their joy, they’ve established a platform that feeds (feeds—see what we did there?) both their artistic and culinary sensibilities, as well as their vision of a happy, healthy, sustainable world—for all life forms.
And people are noticing.
Part 1 of our chat is about the journey to now: from an MFA in acting (Brian) and awards and accolades at model and talent conventions (Ana), through to industry scams, personal epiphanies, and the conscious fusion of passion, skill, and technology (plus a little romance), Ana and Brian share how the dots have connected for them, and what they’re learning as they build a platform in a post-acting life.
We hope you love Part 1 of the exchange as much as we do.
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Also Mentioned In Episode 277:
- May 27th: Trev and AJ in The Gospel According to First Squad Reading—see below for details.
- May 28th: The IAP Book Club kicks off with Julia Cameron’s The Prosperous Heart
- #WorkingWednesday—tweet us (or IG us) your work!
- Book Jawn Podcast
- Start Your Blog in 5 Minutes with WordPress (BlueHost Tutorial)
Picks of The Week for Episode 277:
- JOCO Glass Reusable cup (AJ) – a well-made, sustainable, stylish, and portable coffee cup
- Kanopy (Trev) – a free documentary streaming service that integrates with public libraries and Universites
You’re Invited: A Special Inside Acting Event
You’re invited to an intimate reading of the award-winning play Gospel According to First Squad @ The Kirk Douglas Theatre on Saturday, May 27th at 6:30pm (doors at 6pm).
Trev and AJ are beyond stoked to be reprising their original, Ovation-nominated roles. Space is VERY limited—click here to reserve tickets ($7 each).
FREE admission for IAP Members! See the Events > First Squad Reading thread inside the Membership for details.
Please be advised: Recommended for ages 16+ for mature language and staged acts of violence.
Support for this episode of Inside Acting comes from:
- Camera Ready U – text ONCAMERA to 44222
- BlueHost – insideacting.net/blue
- You! – insideacting.net/membership