Like any other industry, the currency of the entertainment business is networking. Entertainment professionals work with the people they either know or know of. As an experienced professional film and television actor, I feel blessed to have worked with many excellent and talented Filmmakers/Directors (such as David Fincher, Brett Ratner, Steven Soderbergh, James L. Brooks, Peter Bogdanovich, and F. Gary Gray), Creators/Showrunners/Producers (such as Martin Gero, Lisa Vinnecour, and Liz Brixius), Casting Directors (such as Julie Schubert, Ross Meyerson, Judy Henderson, Suzanne Ryan, Bowling/Miscia Casting, Barden Schnee Casting, and Chrystie Street Casting), Actors (such as Kevin Spacey, Edie Falco, Robert DeNiro, Jamie Foxx, Susan Sarandon, and Matt Damon) my Agents/Managers, and my acting mentors/teachers at Esper Studio and The Actors Green Room.
Accolades from The Actor's Green Room NY and LA (AGR):
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AGR October 2015 Article.
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AXIOM LAW "Orange Pages" News Article
dated 12 July 2016
Spotlight on: Brian Distance
We often hear from Axiom attorneys that what they appreciate most about Axiom is a work-life balance that is rare to find within the legal industry. When not practicing law, many Axiomites pursue their passions and talents outside of the office.
Enter Brian Distance—an actor who practices law.
Brian is an Axiom attorney with 20 years of experience in law, specifically in Finance. And with appearances in over 40 shows. In fact, you’ve probably seen him. He’s Frank Underwood’s security detail during his time in the House of Representatives on Netlix’s “House of Cards.” You can also catch him on Netflix’s “Daredevil” (Episode 2, Season 8). Most of the characters that Brian has portrayed have been in the realm of law enforcement and security; interestingly enough, he has never played a lawyer onscreen.
“You have to think outside the box”, says Brian. Axiom’s unique model has encouraged Brian to be both an actor and a lawyer. With the freedom to move from project to project, and the ability to have an outside life, Axiomites tend to be very well-rounded individuals. Brian approaches acting like it is an education. After law school, Brian attended one of the top drama schools in the world. He continued to practice law as a partner in a small firm and even entered the political arena managing political campaigns. But acting has been that one constant in his life.
How does he do it? “If it is something that you really want to do, you will find the time,” says Brian. He can often be found dashing to auditions during lunch time or attending casting calls in the after-hours. Many of the shows are filmed in New York, while others take place in Los Angeles. Brian stresses the importance of having something to do that is outside of the normal rage. Acting makes life more complete. For Brian, it pays to go the distance.
There are also other benefits as well. On an interpersonal level, Brian’s classical training has taught him valuable lessons about interacting with others. “Acting is RE-acting.” The most important thing isn’t what one says, but how they react to something. Empathy is a key component, both on and off screen.
Check out Brian’s website here!
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Innerview Magazine Interview
By Juan Ayala
May 31, 2018
Here is the link to my interview with Juan Ayala for the inaugural issue of Innerview Magazine. Click the link below.
Marquette University Alumni Blog
By Pam Palines
November 20, 2018
Here is the link to my interview with Pam Palines. Click the link below.