Actor and professional dancer Fredric Brunberg
Actor and professional dancer Fredric Brunberg from Gothenburg in Sweden has a great CV on his plate. He performed on stage in shows such as Extremities, Caravan and The Wild at Heart, he danced in the Swedish version of Strictly Come Dancing, called Let’s Dance, and also just finished filming a short film back in Sweden. Fredric trained in London, but has now relocated to Stockholm where he’s teaching dance, running around to auditions and also working on a script! The busy bee has put some time aside for a chat with Nordique..
How did you start your career as an actor and dancer?
I started dancing when I was 6 years old, my older brother had started dancing in his school and turned out to be talented, so my parents signed me up for classes at Sinclairs in Gothenburg hoping I would enjoy it too. They were right! I was hooked and started competing in ballroom dancing which led to world championships and later to teaching. My decision to move into acting came later, I had wanted to be an actor all my life but I always thought of it as an impossible dream. It came to the point where I felt like if I don’t go for it, I’ll look back at my life with regret. So I quit my job, sold my apartment and moved to London to chase my dream. It’s the best decisionI have ever made!
Where have you done your training?
I trained for four years at Kogan Academy of Dramatic Art’s in London. I think that as an actor, like with any other profession, it’s important to have proper training. And where better than in London? The city lives and breathes theatre. Kogan Academy was an eye-opening experience. It prepared me for the industry and gave me all the tools I needed as an actor. I think a lot of people feel like they have a talent as actors but without proper training you will lack the skill and knowledge needed. At least that’s how it was in my case. I didn’t know what I was doing before my training. I thought I did, but I didn’t.
What’s the biggest challenge being in your profession?
Being an actor can be very testing. Rejection and lack of work can easily lead to becoming depressed and doubting yourself. I think for me the key is to keep yourself busy. If you’re not busy working on stage or on set then keep yourself busy by reading scripts, working on scenes, writing your own stuff, taking classes etc. For me that’s a way of always staying in tune with what I am doing and keeping my goals alive. That way it doesn’t matter if you are forced to work a daytime job which may not be what you want to do. That will become only a stepping stone to something bigger if you make sure to keep your goal alive.
Acting can be a very competitive environment. What are your best tips to any aspiring actor?
Same thing, create your own work, stay busy. Don’t focus on it being competitive, if you stay busy working toward where you want to go and believe in yourself, then eventually someone else will believe in you as well. Try not to look at the obstacles you think you have (for instance “competition”), keep focused on your goal and eventually your obstacles will either be overcome or disappear completely.
What sort of dance do you specialise in?
I specialize in Latin American, Ballroom dancing. I also do Street dance, some contemporary and period dancing.
Can you please tell us a bit about the experience being on Swedish ‘Let’s Dance’?
It was a lot of fun! I got a call after having graduated from university and was asked if I was interested. I danced with Isabel Adrian which was also great because we have a lot of similar ideas and interests. Even after the show is over we are still good friends and I have continued to teach her dancing. Doing the show was a great experience but also very intense. Like with any production you do, you end up in a bit of a bubble and everything becomes about that show. The people involved become like your second family. I think that’s part of the magic of doing these things.
What has been your favorite job up to date?
That’s a hard one! I’m not sure. I did a theatre production in London prior to doing Let’s Dance which was a Tennessee Williams triple bill called The Wild at heart. I love Tennessee Williams plays and the era they’re set in so I enjoyed living in that world for a few months. Before that I played a very dark character in Extremities which was an interesting experience. In terms of favorite jobs it’s hard to say. I think every character I get to play is equally enjoyable, the magic for me is in going into someone else’s mind and trying out their thoughts, living their lives.
Are you working on anything exciting at the moment that you can tell us a bit about?
At the moment I am working on establishing myself as an actor in Sweden. I just moved to Stockholm three months ago so I am trying to find my way a bit. I am teaching dance at Sinclairs in Solna and going to castings etc. I have also started working with children, teaching them acting and dancing at their school. I just finished acting in a short film here in Stockholm.
The most exciting thing at the moment for me personally however, is that I have recently finished the first draft of a script for a feature film I have been working on since November 2015. Writing is something that I have always enjoyed doing and a way to keep my acting alive.
What’s the best thing with being a Swede?
I consider myself lucky to have been born in such a great country. There are children all over the world who are not as privileged as we are here. We have a great education system, we are able to choose what we do for a living and that’s something I value a lot and it’s not something to take for granted. Living in a country where that is possible is truly a blessing. It’s a shame really because everyone should have the same opportunity no matter where you were born.
Where can we find you on a lazy Sunday?
If and when I am not working, you’ll find me enjoying the company of close friends. I enjoy cooking food and eating in the company of the ones who are closest to me. At other times I’ll enjoy going out alone and getting lost exploring the city taking photos. I love walking around in Gamla Stan in Stockholm. Sometimes you won’t find me because I, like everyone else, enjoy doing nothing but lying on my couch watching movies and resting ;-P
To see more of Fredric follow him on Instagram @FredricbrunbergTwitter @fredricbrunberg or check out his Spotlight: http://www.spotlight.com/5013-1276-1362