Hayley Gilbert Talks Being an Actress, Being a Judge on LA Star Search [Interview]

Hayley Gilbert

By Jack Barnes

Getmybuzzup: Tell us a little about yourself?

Hayley Gilbert: Well, I am Hayley Gilbert, born in London, England. I am an actress and comedian. I perform at The Laugh Factory, The Ha Ha Comedy Club and Flappers. I was also the lead actress in Crime Team, have appeared in numerous music videos and commercials.

Getmybuzzup: How long have you been an actress / comedian?

Hayley Gilbert: I was an actress before I became a comedian. I have been acting since a teenager. I have been a comedian for around a year. I think that because I am an actress and have worked on many comedy plays, that has helped me transition smoothly into stand up.

Getmybuzzup: How did you get started in this business?

Hayley Gilbert: I attend a part time drama school back in the UK, Crystal Arts Theatre School and Sylvia Young and through them I got booked on productions. I loved being on set and performing.

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Getmybuzzup: What inspired you to become a comedian & an actress?

Hayley Gilbert: Growing up I would watch television shows and want to be that character, I loved making up characters and I was always living in an imaginary world. I would love to be a funny person and I can be quite shy in person, but when I am onstage you become someone totally different. As a comedian, I never imagined that I would do stand-up comedy, but living in Los Angeles, I meet many comedians and would go to there shows, and thought to myself I can do that. So, I started writing, took a lesson with Sunda Croonquist, who is a main headliner at The Laugh Factory and runs her own school ‘The LA School of Comedy’ in Los Angeles and I went for it. I just networked and started getting gigs and other comedians told me I had to keep performing, I surprised a lot of people, but I think my previous stage experience helped.

Getmybuzzup: Who are some of your inspirations in this business?

Hayley Gilbert: I want to get my own Netflix Special and a sitcom. I also have a comedy that I have written so I hope to get that produced.

Getmybuzzup: Are you currently working on and new movies or doing any comedy tours?

Hayley Gilbert: I have a monthly show at The Ha Ha Comedy Club that I host and I have a movie coming up in September.

Getmybuzzup: Tell us about the show LA Star Search?

Hayley Gilbert: This is an amazing opportunity for singers, rappers, actors and comedians to get some stage time and can win up to $10,000. There are three judges, myself Hayley Angela Gilbert, Terry Opp an actor and producer and Bryant Williams who use to work for Tupac, Death Row Records. The show is hosted and organized by DJ Shorte, who has a huge following and DJ’s around the country.

Getmybuzzup: So, what’s it like being a judge on the show?

Hayley Gilbert: It’s an amazing opportunity. It’s great to watch so many talented people. Everyone one of the contestants so far has so much passion for what they do. It great to be able to encourage and pass on your knowledge. It’s so important to talent to go up in front of industry professionals, as there a many places you can perform but you never receive feedback. You can always grow as an artist and this gives them future opportunity and amazing prizes.

Getmybuzzup: How difficult is it making decisions as a judge on a talent show?

Hayley Gilbert: It can be difficult because you have contestants who are new to the industry and those that have been performing for years. Plus, they are nervous and you always want them to feel encouraged when they leave. I always try to laugh with them and end on a positive note.

Getmybuzzup: What is your main goal as a judge on this show?

Hayley Gilbert: There are going to be many shows up until September when they have the final. The contestants have a chance to win up to $10,000. We are looking for a winner but also looking to give people opportunities.

Getmybuzzup: What is the best piece of advice that you were given about this business that you followed?

Hayley Gilbert: Never take rejection personally. There is a job out there for you. You will go on ten auditions and book one. We always think it’s our acting but it’s not. Sometimes it’s something simple like you are just too small against the main lead. Also, a casting director told me to remember ‘You are enough’ and that was great advice.

Getmybuzzup: What area do you need to improve on in regard to your career?

Hayley Gilbert: Social media. I need and will be improving my social media.

Getmybuzzup: Who’s your all-time favorite actress or actor?

Hayley Gilbert: Jessica Lang. Loved her in American Horror Story. She is very versatile and someone that I look up to.

Getmybuzzup: Who’s your all-time favorite comedian & why?

Hayley Gilbert: Fluffy or Gabriel Iglesias. He is amazing. He is great at impersonations and love his joke telling. He has great stage presence and always puts a smile of my face no matter how many times I watch his shows.

Getmybuzzup: What separates you from other comedians? (What’s makes you different?)

Hayley Gilbert: I think with my comedy I surprise people, because they see this petite little polite girl and they don’t expect to hear what I say.

Getmybuzzup: When your not working, what do you like to do for fun and relaxation?

Hayley Gilbert: I like to be outside, either going for a hike or down the beach. I also like to go to a café and do some writing and I am always thinking of new projects.

Getmybuzzup: If you could work with any comedian who would it be?

Hayley Gilbert: Amy Schumer, I would love to do some comedy sketches with her.

Getmybuzzup: What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?

Hayley Gilbert: Getting to play Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, it’s was an amazing part to be cast in. Also, getting the opportunity to perform at well-known comedy club with amazing comedians such as Ruben Paul, Erik Myers, Shang Forbes and Helen Hong. To name but a few.

Getmybuzzup: Where can the fans check out for your comedy?

Hayley Gilbert: My next show is at The Ha Ha Comedy Club on the 24th of April. People can also check out my website at: http://www.hayleyangelagilbert.com

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