Tracey Birdsall is a busy actress who is high in demand on the indie circuit. The Malibu-based actress, who has appeared in numerous comedies and dramas, next appears in a science-fiction film titled “Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter” which will be released later this year. Tracey has been in show business since she was a child, having achieved her big break in soap operas and hosting shows. Recently, while at San Diego Comic-Con promoting her new project, the actress spoke about her past, present and future.

Starting point

Blasting News (BN): How did you become an actress?

Tracey Birdsall (TB): I grew up performing in theater and musical theater. My first union job was a commercial for Sunkist Soda, I was 15. I did a lot of commercials; it was a way to pay the bills while studying. Unfortunately, this was not respected in those days. In acting classes teachers would talk about commercial actors like they were ridiculous! Still, those commercials gave me experience and money.

BN: How did you get involved with “Rouge Warrior”?

TB: Director Neil Johnson and I share a love for science fiction. We worked together in the past and he knew I would be good at the heroine role.

BN: How many shows have you appeared in?

TB: Just this year I’ve filmed four films and a TV pilot next month. I’ve been in close to twenty Movies, a dozen TV titles and about 100 commercials. I adore comedy but my favorite genre is science fiction. The role of Sienna in “Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter” is my favorite ever!

It is character-driven science fiction that challenged me mentally, physically, emotionally and endurance-wise it even challenged my imagination! Sienna travels through worlds and she has more personal issues than a fly stuck in a box of fruit loops!

Present circumstances

BN: What is the best part of your job?

TB: I love entertaining people. I love the challenge of acting–of making characters living beings.

I love the response I get when people enjoy these roles; the feedback I get inspires me. I truly love the art and the process.

BN: What is your dream project?

TB: I want to do more complex lead roles. I’m up for anything huge and challenging!

BN: What do you do for fun when you are not acting?

TB: I’m an avid boater and sailor and love anything involving the sea and water. Water slides are one of my favorite things. I love to travel and have traveled extensively for both pleasure and humanitarian purposes. I train at the gym weekly and adore watching movies. I’m completely addicted to binge-watching old seasons of “Dr.

Who”! I love visiting my parents on a weekly basis when I’m not working and cooking them dinner!

Future aspirations

BN: Career wise, where do you see yourself in ten years?

TB: Working consistently and constantly! I took a break in my career a little over a decade ago; that won’t be happening again!

BN: Do you have any upcoming projects you want to mention?

TB: “Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter” has had such a huge response even before its release that we’ve been approached on making it a television series which would be amazing! “At the Edge of Time,” “Who’s Jenna…?” and “Diary of a Fatman” are also due to be released soon.

BN: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to be an Actor?

TB: If you can do anything else then do that, as it will be easier. Pick a good acting teacher. Don’t stop training until you’re too busy working to train. Keep your mind and your body tuned. Work harder than anyone tells you to. Only compete with yourself and treat auditions like jobs. Always do your very best work and be nice. Burnt bridges travel like wildfire – as do brilliant auditions!

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