I met Brittany Kendall through a friend who asked me if I might be interested in shooting her video for “My Sake,” and I was, so here we are. I met with Brittany, we took some photos and I saw that not only is she a smart, passionate girl, but that I wanted to do a very simple video with her. One that showcased her and her spirit. I wanted it to be in Black & White so that we, the viewers, could focus on her expressions, her face, her voice. I explained that by taking out the color aspect of the video, I felt that the viewer wouldn’t have moments of thinking, “Oh that purple dress….” you just know that it has flowers on it, and you move on. At least, this is how I saw it.
Luckily, Brittany is so easy-going, and in the end, I feel like this is a video in where you really see HER. I lit it, shot it, and edited it to prove that you don’t need to be the MOST knowledgable filmmaker in the world to make a video. Maybe this will be some sort of encouragement for any of YOU out there that have been thinking about doing a little dabbling…. find your art and practice, practice, practice. Right? Anyway, I hope you enjoy this moment with Brittany, her music, and delightful Q&A.
Dianna: Can you share a childhood photo? Photo from your favorite moment on a trip?
BRITTANY KENDALL: This is me with a lightsaber at someones Star Wars themed birthday. I’m battling said unknown childhood friend’s father, disguised as Vader. And I’m clearly winning.
D: What do you prefer to do on a completely “free day?”
BRITTANY: Rest and relaxation are my middle names… so on a free day you’re likely to find me shacked up with Netflix peppered with some mirror dance parties featuring Bey.
D: Where do you write music?
BRITTANY: Wherever there’s a piano! I tend to get most of my songs written when I’m at home though, the combination of the comfort of my own keys plus the fact that my family has grown numb to the constant sound of my voice makes a really good environment to write in.
D: Who are your top five artists?
BRITTANY: This is impossible. But. 5 artists that I feel like I can always listen to would have to include Sam Cooke, Scientist, Erykah Badu, WHY?, and Fleet Foxes. And Dilla. And Band of Horses. Gorillaz. Destiny’s Child.
D: Describe a reoccurring dream you might have had?
BRITTANY: My dreams are typically very plot based and explicit, so there’s not a lot of fun Freudian interpretation to be had. Recently I recently chipped my iPhone case. That night, I dreamt that I bought six new iPhone cases. One of them was leopard print.
D: How old were you when you found out the truth about Santa Claus/Tooth Fairy, etc?
BRITTANY: I’m not sure exactly how old I was, maybe seven? I remember very specifically that I stopped believing before my older sister had, although she’ll deny it. I found out because I recognized my mom’s handwriting on all the gifts supposedly addressed from Santa! She didn’t know she raised a sleuth I guess.
D: Have you ever heard a “perfect” song? What is it and why?
BRITTANY: Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler)” is the most splendid song. His voice, the instrumentation, he’s crooning but theres a serious groove going on too. I always sing along to this one.
D: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
BRITTANY: Apart from Yoda quotes and generally positive messages of perseverance, the advice I put to use most often is this: Put condensed milk on your tart frozen yogurt.
[music video & photography by: Dianna Agron]